A lovely sunny morning but only four of us turned up for the ride today. The first leg to Abberton was a little longer than our normal ride to elevenses at about 24 miles. This is slightly longer than the minimum distance but I wanted to avoid busy roads where possible. However we made good time and arrived at 11:07. The Essex Wildlife visitor centre has a very good café and we enjoyed sitting outside overlooking the reservoir.
The next leg to Copford was hard to plan as it’s only about 5 miles away but we managed to make it 9 miles! There we were joined by three more of our colleagues for lunch at the Alma which is now serving the lighter snacks again on Sunday lunchtime.
As we had not used it before I identified Cressing Barns as our tea stop and we rode there via Great Tey and Coggeshall with an increasing but manageable SW wind.
Having fuelled ourselves with cake and copious tea we set off for Chelmsford and I arrived back with about 63 miles on the clock.
Here is a link to my Strava record of the ride:
And you might find this an interesting presentation of it: