The turn out for the March 40+ mile ride was a respectable 11 with 13 having opted for the shorter 10+ mile option. The destination was the Cafe at Thremhall Park, near Takeley which was last visited on a bitterly cold and windy day for the February 2018 40+ mile ride. The conditions were in sharp contrast this time round with sunny spring weather and light breezes only making for a very pleasant ride.
The group rode outward via London Road and Blackley Lane to pick up RCN 50 at Hornells Corner and continued to follow that route via Littley Green, Howe Street, Pleshey, High Easter, High Roding and Great Canfield before peeling off towards Hatfield Forest and, finally, arriving at Thremhall Park. As previously experienced, a warm welcome awaited the group with a varied menu and free refills for teas and coffees. Sitting outside in the spring sunshine made it all the better.
The return journey was made via the Flitch Way to Takeley, picking up RCN 50 again as far as Molehill Green before peeling off towards Thaxted, then on to Monk Street, Lindsell and a second refreshment stop at Andrews Field Airstrip (via Lubberhedges Lane). Thence, the group returned to Braintree via Great Saling and Rayne - a total approaching 50 miles.
Thanks both to Mick Palmer for leading and to Chris McCann for tailing. Hoping for similar rides and conditions throughout 2019.