A frosty start to the day, but by 9am the brilliant sunshine had warmed things up nicely and six of us set off from the City Hall heading for elevenses at Greenstead Green farm shop. We kept up a reasonable pace and arrived there just after 11am.
Sadly the service there left something to be desired with the orders arriving incomplete and cutlery only provided as an afterthought (and with some prompting). My toasted teacake was the worst I have ever had – dry and leathery. You could say ‘stale’! I registered my opinion with the girl at the till who said she would inform the chef. Personally I can’t imagine any chef having played any part in creating such a teacake!
Norman went back but we were joined by John on his recumbent trike for the next stage to Lamarsh via Pebmarsh. At the Lion Inn we had excellent service, great beer and an enjoyable lunch with no ‘sorry we only do Sunday roasts’ to cope with. This really is a great pub for a lunch stop with excellent views across the Stour valley.
The narrow back-roads I had chosen for the ride back to White Colne were not really ideal for John’s trike but luckily we didn’t meet any oncoming traffic on the narrowest sections. John had inadvertently taken a route of his own down into Earls Colne but we all managed to meet up again for tea at the Paycocks NT property in Coggeshall – a new watering hole for our group and an excellent one at that. The garden looked spectacular with a wonderful display of tulips.
Tom and John left us to make their ways home and the rest of us made our way back to Chelmsford via Kelvedon and Wickham Bishops.
A great day’s cycling under sunny skies. I recorded just over 60 miles.
Here is a link to my Strava record: https://www.strava.com/activities/562228744