The five of us headed off on a dry but rather nippy morning on what was about the shortest route I could devise and at a pace to suit Diana who is still working up her fitness after her accident.
We had a brief stop at Littley Green to look at the traction engines being uncovered and being prepared for The Compasses Easter Steam Up.
What was noticeable about the day was how quiet the roads were. This was because most places were shut and when we passed a closed Blue Egg I was getting worried. Fortunately Bosworth’s in Finchingfield was open and we joined Mark Beard who was out for a morning ride.
Diana and Dave R decided to return south with the intention of stopping at Andrewsfield. This left Adrian, Dave S and me to continue to lunch. At the crossroads near the Radwinter Plough we stopped to allow a road race peloton to come down the road we wanted to use.
Even The Temeraire in Saffron Walden was quiet, which is odd for a Wetherspoons. Dave S wanted to get home early so left on his own. The climb out of town up Debden Road came too soon after lunch and it took a while before Adrian caught up with me! I thought without Dave we would do a relaxed pace but of course we didn’t!
Our route took us passed Adrian’s favourite radio mast, which looks like it was conceived by a demented designer playing with Dexion. At the junction in Suckstead Green we were informed Bury St Edmunds was 34 miles, which is no doubt true but not very helpful.
Being Easter Day we had to go to High Easter but then it was the only practical tea stop if open. We were relieved to find it was as we needed tea and cake.
Back in Chelmsford I had covered 66 miles, my longest ride since last year. I was also on a new seat, which I hadn’t got round to testing but being one of Lidl’s finest it was comfortable.