We’ve had some beautiful weather this last few weeks and today was no exception. A chilly start but then hardly a cloud to be seen all day and only a light southerly wind in the afternoon. However this only attracted 5 riders to the start, although a total of 8 were involved at some point during the day.
The route to elevenses at Greenstead Green took us via Channels, Terling, Cressing and Stisted. The countryside looked at its best in the misty morning sunlight but it seems we were all a bit ‘head down’ as we completed the 22 miles to elevenses by 10.50. There was a ploughing competition going on at Greenstead Green and the second-hand tool sale attracted a lot of interest from our group.
The route via Colne Engaine and Daws Cross on quiet lanes to our lunch stop at the Lion Inn at Lamarsh was particularly enjoyable. A shame that this otherwise excellent pub doesn’t serve sandwiches on Sunday lunchtimes. Nevertheless the starters offered were of good quality and the beer pretty good too. John and Margaret were due to meet us there but a puncture en route had delayed their arrival. Unfortunately it was rather a quick ‘hello and goodbye’ as we were ready to leave.
We intended to have tea at Perrywoods but on passing Inworth Chruch we noticed there was a flower festival on. We stopped there and were offered excellent tea and a huge choice of cakes for a very modest contribution. The highlight though was probably a chat with a lady who was very knowledgeable about the architecture and development history of this church.
Then it was back to Chelmsford for an early finish with 62 miles completed.
Here is a link to my Strava record of the ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/406258261