Thursday, 30 July 2015

30 Jul: Thursday ride to Saffron Walden and Great Yeldham

Edward writes: For today's ride about twenty-three members arrived in Hauxton, no doubt in the expectation of a good day's cycling for a ride led by Sarah, possibly with a little back-up from Andy. In the morning it felt decidedly autumnal as overnight the temperature fell to about seven centigrade and the forecast gave a possibility of a shower or two but it would be cool all day. This ride was to Saffron Walden for coffee and then on to Great Yeldham for lunch and by necessity it would be quite a high mileage.

Hauxton

With these numbers two groups had to be the order of day and we started from Hauxton into Little Shelford and then over the hill into Newton, Thriplow and then Fowlmere. It was in Fowlmere that an error in navigation occurred as we should have gone to the A505 and then to Chrishall Grange but up front the lead group missed this turning and instead made for Flint Cross. However, as were later to discover this was a Serendipity moment as this put us on a different route to Saffron Walden from our almost routine trek over Coploe Hill.

Newton

Once we cleared Flint Cross we turned for the long climb up to Great Chishill and at this turn the temperature noticeably lifted as we had the north west wind more or less behind us. This climb is more than two miles but with the following wind we all accomplished it without any difficulties.

Great Chishill

After a bit of a breather we joined the B1039 for a short climb to 146 metres above sea level (Cambridgeshire's highest point) and then followed a long, twisting downhill which took us all the way to the Littlebury Green turning where all except about half a dozen of us made this turn, and they found themselves in front of a very steep climb up to Littlebury Green.

Turning for Littlebury Green

The half dozen at the back chose the easier option of a flat route to Wendens Ambo and then into Saffron Walden. As it happened we all arrived together at the Temeraire in Saffron Walden so there would have been no appreciable difference in mileage. Interestingly, we arrived at 11 am on the dot and some might claim that to be good planning!

Saffron Walden

As expected our numbers increased at the coffee break and we all sat outside on the new eating-out area on the artificial grass and at this point the sun was making fleeting appearances and it was all very pleasant. By 11.40 we were called to order and there were the usual coming and goings but still at least twenty-three carried on for lunch. We made the inevitable climb out of Saffron Walden and used the undulating roads to Debden and with the wind behind us all this was very easy with the exception of the sharp climb up to Thaxted. Unfortunately, as the second group left the coffee stop Peter W had a puncture but we understand that Mike C was soon in action to get Peter going again, and it wasn't long before they re-joined us in Thaxted.

Thaxted

Thaxted

After Thaxted our ride took us through both Little and Great Bardfield and then on to picturesque Finchingfield which, perhaps unsurprisingly in this indifferent weather, wasn't at all busy.

Finchingfield

Soon after Finchingfield we were caught in one of the showers that had been circling around us, but as there were plenty of trees we were able to escape a good soaking by taking shelter under the trees. We now passed through the hamlets of Duck End, Howe Street and Gainsford End and we enjoyed quiet roads much frequented by farm vehicles as there was plenty of mud on the road. We soon reached Toppesfield and this left a couple of miles to run into Great Yeldham and the Waggon and Horses for a lunch break at 1.40pm and 41 miles under our belts.

Towards Toppesfield

Although there were so many of us only a few ordered from the pub but the landlord generously allowed those with sandwiches to sit out in the garden. As we had lunch the weather deteriorated to the extent that it rained on and off and the temperature dropped down to thirteen degrees and it felt decidedly cold. This was all very disappointing but we were heartened by the frequent cricket updates from Andy showing England very much on top in the Test Match, such are the many duties of leading our rides.

Thus it was that we set off in the cold and the rain but as we moved along the rain eased and the clouds lifted, the sun tried to do its best and we all felt a little warmer so much so that rain wear began to be removed. (The change in the weather this week must be disappointing for the farmers as they try to get the harvest underway.)

Stambourne

We went through Stambourne and now travelling west and north west we faced the wind but it was never a problem as it was only light and there is plenty of hedgerow protection as we came first to Steeple Bumpstead and another couple of miles to Helions Bumpstead.

Towards Steeple Bumpstead

We then chose the quiet route up to Olmsted Green which is a curious place as there are only a handful of houses along here and it's hard to know where Olmsted Green actually is. This was of small concern as a few more miles brought us to Bartlow and then Linton.

Helions Bumpstead

After Linton, and nearly home, we went through the village of Hildersham and crossed the ever-busy A1307, past Great Abington and then joined the new but very noisy cycleway alongside the A505 to the Babraham turning.

Hildesham

This left us with Sawston and Stapleford and Great Shelford where everybody went their separate ways. Those who went back to Hauxton would have completed a round trip of 70 miles, finishing at 5pm. Our thanks to Sarah, and Andy for his assistance and the ever-important cricket updates, for a splendid ride and although the weather was indifferent and hardly summer-like a very enjoyable day out. Edward Elmer



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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

29 Jul: Evening ride to Hemingford Abbots

UPDATED Nigel writes: My companions for this evening's ride along the busway were Neil, Tom and Brian.

Since Tom and Brian hadn't been on an evening ride with us before I spent a little time at the start explaining what I was planning to do, after which we set off through the city centre, up Castle Hill and along Huntingdon Road to join the busway just beyond Girton.

On the busway

The current spell of cool, unsettled weather continues, and as we rode along towards St Ives we could see patches of rain in the distance. We were braced for a shower but in the event by the time we reached St Ives the sky had brightened up and the threat of rain had disappeared.

We continued along the Thicket Path to Houghton and then crossed the Ouse Meadows to Hemingford Abbots, reaching the Axe and Compasses at about 8pm.

Houghton Mill

After a pleasant 45 minutes or so in the pub we set off back through Hemingford Grey to St Ives. The sun set just after we departed, and as we crossed the ancient bridge at St Ives we saw an intense dark red sky on the western horizon.

At St Ives we rejoined the busway for our return journey back to Cambridge. It was quite dark by the time I arrived home at 10.05pm, having cycled 35 miles.



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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Cycling holiday in Herefordshire

Adrian Lee has one space left (male, shared room) for a cycling holiday he is organising. This is from Sat 5th to Sat 12th Sept, based at a holiday cottage in Much Dewchurch near Hereford. Interested? Call Adrian on 01223 565834.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

26 Jul: Sunday afternoon ride to Wicken

John writes: As I waited at Brookside I watched a stream of waterproof-clad cyclists winkle their way through the log-jammed traffic towards Midsummer Common, the endpoint of the Bike Events London-Cambridge bike ride.

Only two companions (John E and Simon) joined me in the steady drizzle for the ride to Wicken. We reached the Addenbrookes site via Alpha Terrace in Trumpington and left it via Red Cross Lane to climb Wort's Causeway with a magnificent view over the rain-sodden countryside. Traffic was very light: perhaps it was all in the Cambridge logjam!

We reached Wicken Methodist Chapel at 4 o'clock precisely, having cycled through Fulbourn, the Wilbrahams, Bottisham, the Swaffhams (where the rain increased to a deluge), Burwell and Wicken Fen.

The chapel was busy but we were the only cyclists. This was my first visit and what a treat it was! Cakes magnificent in quantity and quality had been prepared by Ida. Simon is a regular customer here - and no wonder.

After tea the rain had increased with cold squalls across the fens. From the Lower Road the usually splendid view of Ely Cathedral was obscured in grey rain clouds. We joined the Lode Cycle Way after Upware. Somewhere along this route Simon left us for a riparian route to his houseboat. From Lode, John and I agreed to take the direct route to Quy which had only light traffic. On Midsummer Common the Bike Events tents were being dismantled.

I was home at 6pm precisely having cycled 37 miles (This is approximate as my ancient GPS doesn't like foul weather and had gone to sleep in protest. It's time to buy a new one). John Ferguson

26 Jul: Sunday morning ride to Newmarket

Nigel writes: With an area of low pressure sitting right on top of the British Isles, the summary from the weather forecast was that there would be "no sign of summer" until it went away. In our part of the country that meant a cool and dull day, with heavy rain arriving from about 11am. So when I cycled across to Brookside I didn't expect to see anyone other than John our leader and so was pleased to find both Mike CC and Li there as well.

John led us south-east out of Cambridge along Hills Road to Addenbrooke's, where we turned left onto Wort's Causeway for the gentle climb over the Gogs to Fulbourn. From there we continued through Great Wilbraham to Little Wilbraham. Along the way we were overtaken by a pair of faster riders and I decided to tag along at the back. They towed me along the long drag to Six Mile Bottom and half-way up the hill towards Brinkley as far as the Woddland Cemetery. There I turned left for Dullingham and the final few miles down into Newmarket, arriving at Coffee and Co at about 10.30am.

A large contingent from the West Suffolk Wheelers were sitting outside, so I went inside where I found Adrian. After a short while we were joined by Eva, Jim and Joseph and a few minutes after that Mike CC, Li and John arrived.

Coffee and Co is a pleasant cafe though getting the coffee and cake you ordered a few minutes earlier is always a hit-and-miss affair, with staff wandering around the place calling out things like "large latte and carrot cake" and expecting to be flagged down by the appropriate customer. When I asked why they didn't simply ask people their names when taking orders the staff member seem surprised by my question, and replied "we don't". Inevitably the usual confusion occurred again today, with Adrian being presented with the same incorrect coffee twice, me receiving two plates of the same cake, and similar incompetent bumbling.

As we sat inside the cafe it started to drizzle and we all agreed to ride back to Cambridge. We followed NCN 51 north to Exning and then west through Burwell and Upware to join the Lodes Way. As we rode along the rain got steadily heavier and I was glad that we weren't cycling along busy roads being splashed by overtaking cars.

Heading home from Exning towards Burwell

We followed the Lodes Way west to Lode where the group split, with Jim and John joining the B1102 to Quy and Eva and me taking the longer but much quieter route via Bottisham. The rain continued to get heaver and heavier and I was beginning to feel cold, so I was glad I didn't have far to go. At Fen Ditton I waved goodbye to Eva and caught up with Adrian who had left us at Burwell. After following the river back into Cambridge I arrived home at 12.50pm, having cycled 42 miles.



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Thursday, 23 July 2015

23 Jul: Thursday ride to Cottenham and Ely

Edward writes: This Thursday we took the rare step of venturing north of Cambridge by going into the Fens for our journey to Cottenham and Ely. The weather was in a gentle mood, i.e. light cloud cover, just a touch of wind and a moderate temperature.

For this ride we welcomed Margaret who has been on several Saturday introductory rides but this was to be her first time on an all-day ride.

With Rupert at the helm thirteen riders set off towards Barton and then into Cambridge for a trip over Lammas Land to the Mill, and then up Pembroke Street and Downing Street, Clarendon Street, Midsummer Common and down to the river.

By the Mill Pond, Cambridge

Pembroke Street, Cambridge

This was all very unusual for us but also very pleasurable, a city centre ride so different from our normal rides out into the country.

Riverside, Cambridge

This took us over the river to join the towpath up to Baits Bite Lock and it was very quiet and calm but no doubt when the Bumps resume later in the day it will became a lot more lively.

Near the old Pike and Eel

Towards Baits Bike Lock

We reached Waterbeach and then over the A10 into Landbeach where we made the turn for the run in to Cottenham and coffee at the Community Centre. Already there we found eight more members and also one or two others who arrived a little later, including Brian M who it was very good to see getting out and about again.

Landbeach

The Community Centre was very friendly and welcoming and we were able to enjoy a pleasant break before resuming our journey shortly before mid-day.

When we left Cottenham we had to go along the rather busy Twenty Pence road to reach Wilburton where we turned into Grunty Fen and along typical fen roads to Wentworth. We crossed the busy A142 and headed to Coveney and now we started to get views of Ely Cathedral in the distance; we paused for a while in Coveney which is a rare high spot in the fens.

Mike CC at Coveney with Ely Cathedral in background

Coveney

On resumption we went through the tiny hamlet of Way Head and soon after poor Adrian was involved in a collision with a chicken which sadly passed away as a result of its injuries.

Way Head

Next came Little Downham and a few more miles took us into Ely where we made our way to Cheryl's house who, with Charles, had invited us to sit in their garden for our lunch break. They have a lovely walled garden and it was really nice to sit outside and enjoy it all with Cheryl supplying copious quantities of tea and flapjack. Out thanks to both Cheryl and Charles for their hospitality but at about 2.15pm it was time to get under way again.

Cheryl's Garden, Ely

Rupert led the way through the centre of Ely and out to join the NCN 11 cycle path (also part of the Fen Rivers Way) that runs south alongside the River Great Ouse towards Barway and the food processing factory there.

Heading south from Ely along NCN 11

We progressed along to Wicken where we branched off to go to Upware and then ride parallel to Reach Lode before stopping at the turning for Reach. At this point we still had seventeen riders and about four opted to head for Lode whilst the remainder headed to the ancient village of Reach.

Reach Turning on the Lodes Way

By now we were getting close to Cambridge as Swaffham Prior and Swaffham Bulbeck came next and then Bottisham and the cycleway alongside the A1303 to the Fen Ditton turning where the ride effectively ended with one group going into Cambridge and the other via Cherry Hinton and points south of the city.

We don't go north of the city very often but this was a very successful outing going into many villages not often visited by us and the flat fen scenery has a special fascination about it, the more so with the magnificent Cathedral in the background. Our thanks to Rupert for a splendid ride and for those who went back to Haslingfield would have completed 66 miles and for a ride led by the Runs Secretary it wouldn't do to have done any more! Edward Elmer



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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

22 Jul: Evening ride to Newton

Nigel writes: This evening's ride took us south of Cambridge and into the chalk hills that lie along the border with Essex. The weather was certainly warm (after all, it is mid-July), but at 6:30pm as we assembled at Brookside it seemed a little cooler than it had been on recent evening rides, perhaps caused by the presence of brooding clouds which offered a slight threat of rain.

My companions this evening were Gareth, Chris, Neil, John and Luc. Our route this evening took us south out of Cambridge, along the busway and DNA path to Great Shelford and then along the pancake-flat Cam valley through Whittlesford and Duxford to Ickleton. Gareth was soon disappearing off into the distance but for the rest of us the speed this week was moderate, with no repeat of last week's frenzied chainganging.

For a brief moment we had a bit of drizzle which caused me to put on my rain jacket, but it stopped after a couple of minutes, the sun came out, the temperature rose, and I took my jacket off again.

At Ickleton John separated from the group to take a shorter route. This left four of us to continue south for a loop over the low chalk hills that lie along the border with Essex. First of all we climbed Coploe Hill before dropping down briefly before the second climb up to Catmere End.

Rain clouds over Coploe Hill (Photo: Gareth Rees)

From Catmere End we descended down the other side of the ridge, passing through Littlebury Green on our way down to the B1039. We followed this road west along the valley for half a mile before turning back north and climbing back up the ridge to Elmdon.

As we approached the top of the climb Luc asked me what had happened to Gareth. I said that he had probably taken a longer route but would probably overtake us any time now, which, by coincidence, he did about five seconds later.

Luc, Chris and Neil on Coploe Hill

From Elmdon we continued west along the ridge to Hertford Lane End near Chrishall before turning north and descending to Chrishall Grange and the final few miles through the Cambridgeshire flatlands to Newton.

We stopped for drinks at The Queen's Head, where John had arrived a few moments before. Afterwards we returned to Cambridge via Harston, the cycle path across Trumpington Meadows, and the busway once more. I arrived home at 9.35pm, having cycled 33 miles.



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Sunday, 19 July 2015

19 Jul: Sunday afternoon ride to Ashdon

Ray writes: After last week's drenching, I had been keeping an eye on the weather forecast for today. Earlier in the week it looked like we would be in for another damp ride, but the forecast improved as the week went on and in the end we enjoyed an afternoon cycling in glorious sunshine.

Five of us (me, John E, Gina, Simon and Paul) met at Brookside and, for a change from Trumpington Road, we headed to the railway station to pick up the guided busway out to Addenbrookes then the DNA path to Shelford.

On the DNA path

We carried on through Little Shelford to Whittlesford and crossed the A505 by the Volvo garage, regrouping by the new Welch's transport depot.

Regroup by Welch's

We rode through Duxford to Hinxton (nobody was brave enough to attempt the ford - perhaps they had all read Thursday's ride report) and continued to Ickleton. Paul left us here in search of teeth in Elmdon (I'll leave him to relate that story next time you meet him on the road). Before he left, he took a photo of us at the bottom of Coploe Hill.

Before Coploe Hill

We carried on uphill to Strethall before the long descent of Chestnut Avenue to Audley End, then another climb towards Saffron Walden. From there it was a long but gentle climb to Ashdon, where we arrived just after 4 o'clock.

We found Nigel, Adrian, Joseph and Li from the all day ride, and Bev and Rob who had ridden a more direct route from Cambridge . The village museum usually has a great selection of home-made cakes, but they had been very busy today so there was just a chocolate cake left by the time we arrived. Still, it was very welcome washed down with a nice pot of tea. Paul arrived 20 minutes or so after us, possibly just in time for the last slice of chocolate cake.

We gave Paul time to enjoy his tea before setting off together for Cambridge. Most of us took a right turn, up the hill towards Steventon End for a longer loop home, while Simon headed straight on for Bartlow. We paused at the top of the climb to regroup and noticed that John E wasn't with us. We waited a couple of minutes, but nobody had seen him since the tea stop so we decided to press on without him.

From there we continued to climb to Shudy Camp and Mill Green, crossing the A1307 at Horseheath. Rather than turning at Streetly End for West Wratting (my usual route home when I lead this ride), we carried on to West Wickham, Weston Green, and Weston Colville, making for Six Mile Bottom.

The main group turned right to take the lane past the woodland cemetery, while Paul continued straight-on. After we crossed the road at Six Mile Bottom, Nigel saw a rider in the distance and took chase, while I stopped to wait for the rest of the group. We caught up with Nigel and Paul further up the road, where Nigel took off again and the rest of us continued more slowly to keep together.

By now we were on familiar territory, and took the obvious route home through Stow Cum Quy and Fen Ditton, coming into Cambridge along the river.

There were no wrong turns today, but Nigel remarked on the way back that I had chosen a long route home. Some riders expect a more direct route back after tea. The runs list had the afternoon ride down for 50-60 miles, and I had put in the extra loop so as not to leave anyone feeling short-changed. Nigel suspects that the runs list should have had it down for 40-50 miles. In either case, I think I was within budget, as the route from Brookside to the Green Dragon bridge was 47 miles.

I'll try to make sure next time that everyone knows if we're taking a longer loop home, especially when there's a breakaway group going direct.

The round trip for me (from Arbury) was 51 miles, with 1,386 feet of climbing. Ray Miller



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19 Jul: Sunday all-day ride to Stradishall, Sible Hedingham and Ashdon

Nigel writes: Today's ride into the Suffolk and Essex countryside south-east of Cambridge offered the opportunity to visit some of the quietest, prettiest lanes in the whole region. I was therefore rather surprised to turn up at Brookside to find myself the only person there.

Perhaps it was the absence of a pre-arranged leader that put people off. Or perhaps that shower of rain at 8am encouraged members to go back to bed. But whatever the reason, I found myself riding the first stage of today's ride, from Cambridge to Stradishall, on my own.

Stradishall is about twenty miles east of Cambridge and I took a fairly direct route there via Quy, Six Mile Bottom, Brinkley, Carlton and Little Thurlow, arriving at Adam's Cafe slightly early at 10.45am.

I entered the cafe and was pleased to see Keith and Adrian already there and after a few minutes we were joined by Li and Joseph. Everyone was keen to carry on with me to lunch in Sible Hedingham and so after we'd finished our cups of tea and plates of beans on toast we carried on east with me in the lead, following a route which I'd hurriedly prepared over breakfast at home.

Denston

Sible Hedingham is more or less south of Stradishall, and to get there we took a clockwise arc, following some of the narrowest lanes I could find through Denston, Stansfield, Glemsford and Belchamp Walter before arriving in Sible Hedingham at 1.15pm. It was a warm July day though there were plenty of cotton-wool clouds in the sky preventing the sun shining for more than a few minutes at a time.


Lunch was at The Corner Cafe in Sible Hedingham, very friendly and with a large and hearty menu of mostly fried food. After lunch we set off east towards Ashdon where we were due to stop for tea. Once again we followed the narrowest lanes I could find, many of them with grass growing down the middle.

Gestingthorpe village sign

As we passed through Gestingthorpe I stopped to inspect the splendid Gestingthorpe village sign and was intrigued by the figure shown on it. At first glance I thought it showed an astronaut, but Adrian immediately identified the sorry-looking individual as a polar explorer walking away from a rather windswept tent. His demeanour means it could only be Captain Oates who, subsequent research confirmed, grew up in Gestingthorpe.

We arrived in Ashdon at 4pm exactly and stopped for tea at the village museum. After a short while we were joined by Ray and the afternoon ride as well as a number of others who had ridden there directly.

Tea in Ashdon

Afterwards we set off back to Cambridge. By now the clouds had cleared and the sun had come out, so when Ray proposed a route home via Horseheath, Wratting Common, Weston Colville and Six Mile Bottom I was happy to join them.

Ray and the afternoon riders prepare to set off home after tea

I arrived home at 6.45pm having cycled 91 miles. However, despite this excellent mileage, my Eddington number remains stuck at 77. This is because, even after including this ride, my 77 longest rides still include five rides of exactly 77 miles. I therefore need to do five more rides longer than 77 miles before my Eddington number can increase by even a single mile.



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Thursday, 16 July 2015

16 Jul: Thursday ride to Newport and Green Tye

Edward writes: This morning in Hauxton was almost perfect weather for cycling, high cloud cover, little or no breeze and the forecast which promised rising temperatures in the afternoon. This ride's destination was Green Tye, calling at Dorrington's in Newport for coffee. Averil was today's leader and thus we would be assured of a regulation ride of 60-70 miles and no repeat of the excesses of the previous two weeks. Averil led the group out which by the start had risen to about twenty riders with Mike C and me acting as back markers.

Newport

Averil took the obvious route out via Little Shelford and Whittlesford and into Duxford where she took the road through the factory area into Hinxton via the ford and the railway. As Mike CC approached the ford he had what may be described as an "Andy moment" and came off his bike and received a soaking in the process, although he didn't emulate Andy's Derbyshire efforts by coming back for a second go. Local knowledge would have warned him that several members (and quite a few car drivers) over the years have come to grief at this spot. Everybody else used the bridge beside the ford. This was reported second hand to Mike C, me and Les, who had now joined us, and as we had fallen behind we took the main road from Duxford to Ickleton. Mike quickly regained his dignity and was soon powering his way up Coploe hill for the usual regrouping.

Wicken Bonhunt

As ever Coploe Hill looked fabulous and all the fields had a golden glow and it looks like the start of the harvest is only days away. Next came the turning to Littlebury Green and the lanes which climb up to the transmitter before the rapid descent to Wendons Ambo. Wendens Ambo is a lovely old village to pass through on the way to the road into Newport. Mike, Les and I surprisingly arrived before the main group who were not long in following. In Newport we were joined by Craig, Doug and Vic F.

Wicken Bonhunt

After coffee and some of Dorrington's cakes we resumed the cycling by going through Wicken Bonhunt and then the turning to Rickling followed by Rickling Green and for those interested in cricket an England XI will be playing on the village green this weekend.

Ricking

Ricking Green to Manuden

We now joined the narrow and undulating lanes for two miles down to Manuden where we turned due south to head for Hazel End.

As we approached midday the temperature had risen considerably and riding through this beautiful countryside was a real pleasure. We now turned westward as we passed through Farnham and Upwick Green before turning south once again for the run down to the A120 and, what a surprise, we had to wait ages to get across. This took us into Little Hadham and a few more miles into Much Hadham where we made a turning up a sharp hill and soon after arriving in Green Tye for lunch.

Leaving Farnham

When we had called the pub earlier in the week we were told that the kitchen wouldn't be in action today but we would be very welcome to eat sandwiches in the garden. This all worked very well except that the kitchen was in action which turned out to be a diary malfunction. It didn't matter as we were all prepared and it was very pleasant sitting outside in the garden.

Upwick Green

Upwick Green

Green Tye

Our return journey took us via Perry Green and over Hadham ford and this time there were no heroics although Steve did walk through with everybody else using the bridge.

Hadham ford

We entered Much Hadham and now retraced our steps back to little Little Hadham and another long wait before the lights changed. We went through Albury and Gravesend before reaching Stocking Pelham and then Brent Pelham, and coming back into Essex as we approached Langley Lower Green where a resident very kindly refilled our water bottles.

Stocking Pelham

As we left the Lower Green Rupert incurred a puncture and with Mike's help it was very quickly sorted out, although Rupert did decline and offer of one of Mike CC's gas cylinders but still Mike C was left to inflate it with an ordinary pump! That notwithstanding we soon got underway again and before we reached Little Chishill Adrian and Steve turned off to enjoy a bit of rough with all others left to enjoy or endure the steep hills between Shaftenhoe End and Great Chishill.

Meesden Turning

After all that now came the reward with more than two miles of downhill to Flint Cross where the A505 was incredibly busy but somehow we all got clear for the run into Fowlmere, Thriplow, Newton and the Shelfords arriving at 4.45 and 64 regulation miles. Another great day and a special thanks to Averil for looking after us so well. Edward Elmer



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