17 July. Herts lanes. 25 miles.

On a fine summer’s evening Maurice, Keith and Martin set off from The Pheasant on a pleasant 25 mile run westwards to Therfield, down to the A505, a quick spurt to the Sandon road and then up the long long hill to Sandon itself, a climb that likes to bite cyclists every now and then.

Maurice and Keith near Therfield
And stands the Sandon clock at twenty past six and is it time for a beer? (With apologies to Rupert Brooke.)
Is it an airport? Is it a motorway? No, it’s a threatened wedding and party venue which would spoil the tranquility of Sandon.

Passing John B’s house, and large numbers of ‘Sandon says NO’ posters, we then headed to Buntingford through quiet Herts lanes, returning via Barkway and a refreshment stop at The Tally Ho where it was good to meet up with John B and, behind the bar, Sallie, who has been out with Windmillers in the past and who might be able to join us again sometime, work permitting. Suitably refreshed we ascended to The Pheasant and enjoyed massive portions of succulent goujons and French fries as a reward.

Here is the route taken:

Bike ride 17 July 17

Thanks, Maurice, for planning a picturesque route with great views, and a sunset to die for.



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