I had a look at destinations the night before and thought they don’t make sense i.e. we are likely to get to the pub in Clare at 13:50!
Adrian was down to lead so took six of us to our elevenses stop. Because Chelmsford to Aldham Mill Race is a long stage we went up through Springfield and round Boreham Interchange. I put this Interchange in the same category as Rettendon Turnpike i.e. avoid if possible.
We arrived at the garden centre as expected after 11:00 and found Phil there in civvies.
Adrian was going back so I proposed two likely destinations and it was decided to go to Layer de la Haye. I had a route prepared so took the lead. We were now down to five so easily fitted round a table at the Donkey and Buskins.
After lunch Martin went off to Abberton to meet his family but not before making a wrong turn and doing a U turn!
The remaining four of us made for Bunsay Downs for tea although JB rode straight passed.
I was on my own riding down Woodhill Road and didn’t think I would see anybody I would know. Turning into Mayes Lane were Brian Penny and Martin Pipe. SEG had been to Broads Green, which is not that far away so it must have been some drink session! Coming up to the junction near Sandon School I had behind me the unmistakeable sound of a British motorbike. I stopped to have a look and it was Brian Taylor out for a spin. The engine had to be stopped to make conversation.
Back in Chelmsford to retrieve my car I had done 65 miles.