Merry at Maurice’s

Thursday’s glorious blue skies were deceptive. With temperatures hovering around zero, we abandoned plans for a 30 miler, opting instead to meet up at Maurice’s mid-morning for a shorter ride of just 19 miles.

Feeling the cold – but ready for the off at Maurice’s

So it was that Alan, Andrew, Brian, Charles, Chris, Jeremy, Ken, Rod, Roger, Sandra and Victor set out from Heath Farm, heading uphill to Barley and on to the Langleys.

Cresting the hill at Little Chishill

Around the half way mark we pulled in at Poppy’s Barn and met up with Hazel, Graham and Ken for coffee and mince pies all round, except for Jeremy who had to feed his porridge addiction.

Charles’ cup runneth over
Pre-Christmas treats at Poppy’s
Charles’ pics may be wonky, but they capture the moment

Back on the bikes, we rode the return leg via Meesden and Nuthampstead, returning to Maurice’s for mulled wine and yet more mince pies. And it was good to catch up with Geoff and Martin there too.

19 miles clockwise from Maurice’s

Thanks to Maurice and Lyn for their very generous hospitality; after such a cold ride, the mulled wine and mince pies went down a treat.

Thanks also to Andrew, Charles and Graham for the many photographs.

Brian

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