Another cold morning with frost around so turnout was a bit disappointing with only 5 of us at the start, including Mel from SEG who we are delighted to welcome as a not infrequent visitor.
With the scheduled elevenses stop at Rayne station, a few loops were necessary to keep the first leg at a reasonable distance. One of these was a very attractive lane we rarely use from Howe Street to the A131 just South of Great Leighs. It does dump you on the A131 but we only had to do a couple of hundred metres on it before turning onto the cycle path into Little Leighs.
Luckily we were able to sit indoors at Rayne, sharing the space with Shaftsbury riders who arrived at about the same time. Dave R joined us and we set off for Finchingfield via Shalford and Waltham’s Cross enjoying intermittent sunshine on the way.
John D joined us for lunch at The Red Lion where the size of the baguettes impressed the others but my soup was a bit average. However the welcoming approach of the staff and the excellent beer were much appreciated.
John stayed with us for the ride to tea at Andrewsfield where we saw several planes taking off and landing. We returned to Chelmsford against a slight headwind and I recorded 49.1 miles for the day.
Here is a link to my Strava record: https://www.strava.com/activities/245954373