A dank misty November day did not enthuse me as I got the bike out of the garage but I was pleased to find 8 people at the start including Mel from the SEE Group. With the planned elevenses stop only about a 30 minute ride from Chelmsford it was helpful that Dave S had worked out a route which stretched this to more like 1hr 30 minutes.
We set off through the southern suburbs of Chelmsford but soon reached countryside, and true to form Dave found some interesting off-road sections to add a bit of variety. The Strava route (see link below) is the best way to see where we went, but after one puncture delay we reached the Bakehouse at Cooksmill Green. This was our first visit and we were well-pleased with the surroundings and the fare on offer. Chris M joined us for elevenses and we were also pleased to meet a couple of other 40plus CC riders there.
Dave then found another circuitous route to lunch at Ongar. On the way we met the SE Essex group travelling in the opposite direction resulting in an impromptu social gathering.
Two CTC Essex Groups meet in the middle of nowhere
The intended lunch stop at The Stag had to be changed – the all too familiar ‘Sunday roasts only’. So we patronised the Two Brewers in Ongar which we can certainly recommend. After lunch light rain had set in to add to the gloomy weather so we headed back via Hook End and Blackmoor where Dave S had a puncture. Some stopped for tea in Blackmore but with the weather deteriorating Mel and I carried on back to Chelmsford.
I covered 41.5 miles. My Strava record is here: http://www.strava.com/activities/219879231