A dank drizzly cold miserable morning came as a shock after weeks of dry sunny weather and this clearly took a toll on the turnout. Only four of us set off from the City Hall in these abject conditions and I was finding my choice of shorts and more particularly mitts rather than full gloves were somewhat misguided!
We were led by Diana via High Easter little Canfield, Bacon End and the far side of Stansted airport to a welcome elevenses stop at Stansted Mountfitchet after 26 miles. Peter Tibbett joined us there having cycled down from Cambridge and consumed a breakfast and two coffees in an hour-long wait for us to arrive. He joined us for the ride to Rickling Green for lunch by which time the drizzle had stopped but it was still very cold.
Diana kindly treated us to a round of drinks to celebrate her birthday the next day and we enjoyed our lunch break in the Cricketers Arms.
After lunch we headed for Great Dunmow for tea before the final leg back to Chelmsford where we arrived at about 5pm having covered about 62 miles.
Link to the Strava record: https://www.strava.com/activities/293018109