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!
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.