Mike led us to Long Road, where a new path runs down to the left and joins the guided busway, providing an alternative way to get onto the DNA path. From Great Shelford we went through Whittlesford and Duxford, and took Grange Road across the top of the airfield. There was a strong south-westerly wind, making the going pretty slow. We lost a couple of riders: Steve turned back to do some gardening, and Howard didn't fancy the idea of cycling back in the dark (though he was a bit pessimistic about our speed: in fact, we made such good progress on the way back that it was still twilight when we reached Cambridge again).
Mike had an ambitious plan to get to Hare Street via Langley Lower Green, Meesden and Great Hormead, but the wind and the heat defeated us, and we went the (mile-and-a-half) shorter way via Heydon, Shaftenhoe End, and the B1368 through Barkway, getting to the Old Swan Tea Shop just on time. On the road from Barkway we met the day ride coming the other way.
After tea and cake we took the scenic route via Anstey and Nuthampstead to Barley, and then B1368 all the way back. With a tailwind and heading downhill, we made good time, and were back in Cambridge at about 18:45, about ten minutes after sunset. Probably the last Sunday afternoon ride where lights were not necessary (next week sunset will be at 18:19).
I drank a couple of pints of water when I got home. It had been hard work in the sun, but well worth it.