Sunday Ride to Blake End – 4 January 2015

The thermometer in my garden read minus 0.4deg C as I left home to ride to the start and the roads were still wet from yesterday’s rain.  It was a perfect recipe for ice so I decided to keep to the main salted roads.  Brian had cycled in from Billericay to lead the ride and Mel, John and I brought the numbers up to 4.  We all agreed that salted roads were the best option so we headed to Felsted via Great Waltham and Hartford End.  These roads were fine but it felt really raw and cold in the freezing fog.  All our bikes gathered ice from the cold damp air and hoar frost formed on our clothing and helmets.


Ice on Mel’s front fork!

The warmth in the revised elevenses stop at Blake End was welcome indeed.  Although we had seen a brief glimpse of the sun near Felsted, the fog then thickened and the temperature was showing no sign of rising above freezing point as we left Blake End.  As a result there was a notable lack of enthusiasm for any more mileage so we headed back to Great Leighs, Boreham and Chelmsford.  30 miles was quite enough today thanks!

Here is a link to my Strava record:



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