A beautiful clear blue sky but what an icy wind!
Eight riders assembled in Chelmsford and were led by Martin on a 23 mile route to Timbers at Blake End. The place was so popular the queue came out through the door. The Chelmer CC was in front of us and they had followed the Bishop Stortford CC. We got away just after noon and Martin selected a shorter route up to Finchingfield. On the way we met several other cycling groups including one rider wearing shorts!
Sadly our nominated pub, The Red Lion, was found closed so we decided to have lunch at the Wilkin Tea Room (Bosworths). Normally the village is awash with bikers but only the hardy ones were out today. It did mean the seven of us found a table easily.
By the time we were leaving the forecast rain had arrived. We left John D arranging a cover over his lawn mower like attachment and made our way to Rayne. It was only 14:35 when we got there so we decided to carry on to our original tea stop suggestion The Owls Hill Tea Room at Terling. It was a relief to get out of the cold and wet. There was some interesting discussion on the former use of the building and also on The Monkey opposite. This is the nickname of The Rayleigh Arms currently being refurbished. Lord Rayleigh’s coat of arms features a monkey!
When we came out after tea the rain had stopped. We dispersed in three different directions and by the time I was back at my car in Chelmsford I had done 59 miles.