Having just returned from a mini break in French France the Wednesday before (just a spot of mountain endurance training, joking of course !! ) understandably I was looking forward to the camaraderie and exercise of our weekly Wednesday ride on the 1st November.
Earlier in the week temperatures were becoming ever more autumnal, however, shorts were the order of the day for me. We numbered at least twenty riders (Ed - 28 according to Mick's register) and set off in a southerly direction towards Chelmsford. As always a couple of miles into the ride we split into two groups. Having elected myself to undertake the longer ride, we cycled through the pretty hamlets of Willows Green, Hartford End, Littley Green and passed Leez Priory.
At the start of our ride, our intrepid leader Mick (marathon man) Palmer stated that we would be having a tea/coffee stop at a new venue. Well what can I say, The Stores @ Great Waltham produced homemade sausage rolls which were to die for and I would highly recommend them. Please Mick when we go back there, and I hope it is very soon, we need to ensure they bake plenty of sausage rolls, I would not want to be at the back of the queue and miss out !!
An enjoyable joint group ride back via Rayne railway carriage and for those electing to do the longer ride, they had covered 23.5 miles approx.