A mild day with only light wind attracted 10 riders to the start at City Hall. A quick voted resulted in a clear decision to stop at 11am for 2 minutes silence on Remembrance Sunday wherever we were.
We set off on the normal route via Fyfield and Moreton arriving for elevenses at 10:50 at the Harlow Garden Centre. There we were joined by Chris and Gillian and I was concerned that serving 12 people might mean we were in the queue or being served at 11am. This could have been awkward if no-one else was interested in the 2 minutes silence. In the event we were all served very efficiently and were at our tables at the anointed hour. It was great to see and very moving that at 11 am Big Ben struck from a radio behind the counter and all staff and customers stood and remained silent. Brilliant – I needn’t have worried.
9 Riders went on to lunch at the Cock Inn in Hatfield Broad Oak. The route took in a couple of ‘traffic-free’ sections at Matching and after Hatfield Heath which both worked out fine.
A stop for tea at The Snug in High Easter and then home well before dark after about 53 miles.
Here is a link to my Strava record: