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17 November. Whizzing from Widdington to Bardfield and back

Colourful Windmillers in Great Bardfield
Colourful Windmillers in Great Bardfield

Thursday morning saw seven Windmillers unloading their bikes in the car park of the Fleur de Lys at Widdington. The weather forecast was iffy – wind and a chance of rain – but we were up for it!

Routemeister Maurice
Routemeister Maurice
John, "There's a pub that way"
John, “There’s a pub that way”
Ken and Andrew - cool in shades
Ken and Andrew – cool in shades
Ric in repose
Ric in repose

Maurice led us out – Andrew, Ken, John B, Chris, Ric and Brian – on an almost traffic free route through Henham, Thaxted and the Bardfields before stopping for coffee and cake at The Blue Egg. Popular with cyclists, the Egg is said to be Mark Cavendish’s favourite re-fuelling stop; and no wonder, the cakes are truly excellent. Brian’s piece of fruitcake could have fed a family of four.

Freighted down with cake, we took to the saddle again for the return leg through Great Sampford, Radwinter and Debden before the final killing climb (into a headwind!) up the hill and back to The Fleur. Landlord Chris had reserved our usual round table by the fire and served us up a superb two course lunch.

The conversation was wide ranging, everything from beer mixes of our youth (Black & Tan, Snakebite, etc) to paper cycle helmets (yes really – check out the BBC story).

Thanks as usual to Routemeister Maurice and Communications Manager, Andrew.

31 miles anticlockwise from Widdington
31 miles anticlockwise from Widdington

Brian

3 replies on “17 November. Whizzing from Widdington to Bardfield and back”

Hope your weather is better than ours, Martin.
I’m assuming you’re away for another week or so – and I can’t go cycling next Thursday. Didn’t you say Sandra would be interested in blogging? I’ll give her the password.
BTW, what’s Nedbank?
Have fun
Brian

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