Only three riders turned up at the start. Martin C led Dave S and me to Rayne Booking Hall. Here we met Dave R and later John and Maggie turned up. This was only Maggie’s second time out on the tandem after her knee op.
I had come prepared for a ride to Great Yeldham but no one was interested considering the wind strength. As a result Dave R and I decided to go to The Compasses at Littley Green using the Flitch Way as far as Stebbing Road.
Sitting at a bench on his own was Jon Collins. I had seen him earlier cycling into Wickford as I motored out. He explained the majority of SEG returned after elevenses and only three had gone on. The other two, Martin Pipe and Martin Fuller, were still out there somewhere in Essex! They arrived quite late just as we were about to leave.
I rode back in Chelmsford with Jon C.
Seven riders left Chelmsford led by Dave R. To arrive at the Snug Café at High Easter at 11 o’clock several loops were put in. Already there was birthday boy Adrian who paid for all our refreshments, which were gratefully received! Both John B and Adrian had family commitments so we were down to six for lunch.
Our route took us up a long straight beside Hatfield Forest. The whole area displayed double yellow lines to encourage people to use NT car park and pay £6 for the privilege. At the end of this road we accessed the Flitch Way and headed west. About three quarters of it had a pleasant smooth surface and then we came across a section of a loose material, which tested our sense of balance.
Our intention was to have lunch at The George in Little Hallingbury but we were hit by the curse of the Sunday Roast. They were not very helpful i.e. did not offer starters like soup so we left. Dave then took us onto Hatfield Heath and we got the same response at The Thatchers. That’s two pubs to keep off the runs list. Personally I will not be giving them any custom on weekdays. The White Horse did offer soup but we decided to go for sandwiches at the Co-op next door.
Heading south after our cheap lunch we came across the annual car show at Matching Green, which explained the amount of traffic in the area.
Afternoon tea was taken at Blackmore Tearooms.
By the time Dave and I got back to our cars in Meteor Way we had covered just over 61 miles.