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15 November. A devilishly good ride. 24 miles.

Meeting at Andrew’s house at the earlier time of 2.00pm, five devils comprising the devil himslf, Andrew, and his disciples Alan, Charles, Simon and Martin met up with a sixth, Jenni, in Saffron Walden to cruise around some pleasant lanes, taking in Debden, Radwinter and Sewards End and hamlets in between. The seventh would have been Maurice but he was catching sea bass in Cornwall.

We had no idea what a treat there was in store once the sun got below the cloud cover and began to set.

This is where we went:

Stopping for a quick breather in Radwinter, the sky still overcast
First sign of the colour to come
Looking towards Barkway radio tower on the far horizon
Bang! The sun emerged suddenly with a vengeance on the road back towards Saffron Walden. Here we have three Windmillers, Charles, Jenni and Simon reflecting on life.
Jenni and Simon ablaze in the setting sun. No, Simon is not wearing pink trousers.
Goodnight sun, yet it’s only 4.00pm.

Waving goodbye to Queen-devil Jenni in Saffron Walden, the remaining five devils headed back to Wendens Ambo where Andrew offered a hell of a good choice of beers but, sadly, the light was going and so Charles and Alan continued on their way back to Chrishall and Great Chishill, clocking up around 35 miles in all – well done, chaps – leaving Simon and Martin to partake of the devil’s brew, i.e. Abbott Ale, in front of a roaring fire.

Thanks go to the devil himself, Andrew, for devising the route and for his hospitality at the end, and to Simon and Charles for their photographs.

Martin

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