Essex Branch Take the Corner

We met up on Sunday at the Rose Cafe in Chelmsford. Some of us had a breakfast here before the ride started.There were 12 of us having a chat, but only 11 would be riding today.Those along for the ride today were, Ashley, Kim, Kate/Ian, John T, Mick P, Mike B, Gordon and his friend Paul, Marian/Myself and Jeff seeing us off.The weather for today started off overcast, but the sun soon came out and burnt the clouds away.Today was a ride around mainly Essex with a small excusion into Suffolk.We set off going via Margaretting, Stock, South Woodham Ferrers, Fambridge, Maldon, Tiptree, Kelvedon, Coggeshall, Earls Colne, Halstead and into Sible Hedingham for coffee at the Corner Cafe.After having coffee/tea we set off again.We then went via Clare, Stradishall, Haverhill, Steeple Bumstead, Finchingfield, Great Sampford to Thaxsted where we had a great lunch in Parrishes.Great staff here and the food is excellent.Mike B left us here as he lives in the opposite direction to where we were added.We set off for home going via Great Dunmow, Leaden Roding, Ongar. We then had a quick stop in Norton Heath to have a final chat and to say our goodbyes.Our guest rider today Paul told me he really enjoyed today’s ride and would love to join us again soon.We had a great ride today on love;y country roads and in great company.Until the next ride, ride safe.Today I did 161.9 miles door to door.