North London Branch Catch a Chill

Despite the very cold weather forecast we had decided to try for a Ride Out on 28th November, taking reassurance of the promise of some sun. Six of us met at Rose Cafe, Chelmsford, for a late brunch where we were not disheartened by a temperature of +1 degree on the way. We've never eaten at this cafe, a favourite of Essex, it was very good! Next I led the Team on a run through Braintree, Sudbury and Claire before a final lovely stop at Parrishes in Thaxted for coffee and scones. We stayed on main roads initially and the surfaces were okay, despite the fact that the temperature reached a max of only 4 degrees. Between cafes took us a good 2 hours and we were rather chilly on arrival at Thaxted. I was thoroughly castigated for going so far without a warm up. We then went home, most of us going via Dunmow and Ongar. It was a good day out, but yes, a bit too fresh! We were joined by Costas for his first Ride with us and he was great company.