Out with my brother this morning for his longest ride in around 18 months. The route was a local loop: Condover, Atcham, Upton Magna, Uffington, into Shrewsbury along the riverside then out again over Greyfriars bridge and a not very direct route to Meole Brace to make the most of the off road cyclepaths. There is glorious sunshine out today but a chilly easterly wind so we both had winter layers on again. After having only done infrequent short rides for so long Doug seemed disappointed in places that he wasn't able to go faster. I was fairly happy to go at the pace we were doing however as I don't want him to push too hard too soon and put himself off. We took the shorter way to Atcham, avoiding Cross Houses, and paused for photos on the old Atcham Bridge. Doug didn't feel like going through Attingham Park so we took the direct way to Upton Magna (with Doug setting a personal record on the Strava segment along the way despite being out of practice) and had a break at the cafe at the Haughmond Inn. It' the first time I've managed to get in the place. Nice, and worth going back to in my opinion. Setting off again we had the climb to Downton but not before I'd got some photos in Upton Magna which took longer than expected due to a motorist stopping right in the middle of shot just as I was ready to take the picture. Doug had got a fair way ahead and I really needed to push to catch him up. That done we headed to Uffington and along the canal path which was dry but very rough as always and quite popular with walkers today. We continued along the riverside to Greyfriars Bridge just in time to have the pleasure boat Sabrina pass underneath us. We'd managed to pace it so that Doug was just starting to flag by the time we got back. I'm hopeful that if we can get more regular rides up to this sort of distance he can build back the cycling fitness he's lost. 18.6 miles at 11 mph average. Doug on the old bridge at Atcham. Not the best photo but taking a break at The Haughmond. Blossom at Upton Magna.......... ............. and lambs in the field. Sabrina taking a few tourists for a trip.