A beautiful sunny day only attracted 8 riders to the start with some regulars having been attracted to the Semaine Fédérale in France. What we lacked in French cafés, cheeses and wine we made up for with our lovely Essex countryside and Poppy’s excellent tearoom in Thaxted!
We were very pleased to have Yvonne, a visitor from New Zealand, riding with us for the first time and we hope we will see her again during her stay.
We took the ‘western’ route to Thaxted via Pleshy, Dunmow and Little Easton. In Poppy’s we met up with Rod bringing our numbers up to 9.
Outside Poppy’s Teashop
Some turned for home after elevenses but the rest of us made for Debden, Saffron Walden and Little Walden for lunch at the excellent Crown Inn.
Always looking for something new I had planned to use a BOAT (By-way Open to All Traffic) to cut through from Little Walden to Sewards End. However when we came to it there was some loose stone on it and the vote went against me! So we added about 5 miles to the planned route, going North to Hadstock and back through Ashdon, rejoining my planned route at Radwinter.
We just got to The Blue Egg at Great Bardfield in time before they shut up shop, so that was our tea stop. We returned to Chelmsford having ridden a total of 76 miles.
I hope this works, but here is a link to my Strava record of the ride: