A bright humid morning attracted 10 of us to the start at the Town Hall for a ride led by Dave Southan. We had a fairly uneventful but very enjoyable ride via High Easter, High Roding, Hellman’s Cross, Taverner’s Green and Hatfield Broad Oak for elevenses at the Post Office tearooms. Dave included an off-road section around Clatterford End which was great, except for those who ended up with mudguards jammed with mud!
Sadly we saw some diabolical driving by impatient drivers trying to overtake on narrow lanes when we were in single file. On two occasions the drivers passed our line on blind bends and in one case almost demolished a lone cyclist coming the other way. Shocking behaviour!
9 Riders near Great Canfield (I’m missing as usual, taking the photo with my mobile phone)
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After elvenses 4 riders returned to Chelmsford and 6 of us went on to Dane End – quite a hard ride over the lumpy but very attractive Hertfordshire countryside. We enjoyed lunch in the excellent village pub before setting off for the homeward leg which because all the teashops in the Sawbridgeworth area seem to shut around 3pm, was done in one stretch. In Sawbridgeworth we could hear thunder and see lightning to the southeast and knew we were going to get wet. However although we had to negotiate flooded roads we didn’t catch up with the rain until after Matching Green by which time it was quite light and even quite refreshing on this very warm day.
My Strava record is complete only as far as Sawbridgeworth on the return as I seem to have managed to turn it off at that point. Here is the link to it:
The total distance based on my Cateye computer was 72.57 miles