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20 October. Back to Braughing

Pete, Chris, Ric, Maurice, Sandra and Keith at The Corner Coffee Stop in Ware

An autumnal Thursday morning saw eight hardy Windmillers pedalling off from The Golden Fleece at Braughing to explore the lanes between Puckeridge, Ware and Hertford. Our team roster was: Pete, Maurice, Keith, John B, Sandra, Ric, Chris and Brian. As this was to be Chris’ first ride with the gang we thought it best to keep quiet about the hills ahead.

The highlight of the trip lay between those hills, a picturesque five mile stretch along the River Lea between Stanstead Abbotts and Hertford. Mid way, we stopped for coffee in Ware, though John went AWOL; rumour has it to the Saracen’s Head.

All in all, it was a lovely ride, mostly dry, and with just one minor setback when Brian picked up a puncture thanks to a thorn in his front tyre. The hedge flailing season is upon us again.

We clocked up just over 31 miles (though Iron Man Ric did a further 36 miles to and from our starting point; phew!) before returning to the Golden Fleece for lunch. Nobody enjoyed his beer more than Chris who hadn’t wavered when faced with those challenging Hertfordshire hills. Maurice promises a flatter ride next week.

Thanks to landlord Pete for his hospitality at the Fleece and, as ever, thanks to Maurice for organising everything.

Brian

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