We met new rider Mary at the cafe, and were pleased to see Jon there too. It's a great place on a sunny day, with good views over the marina and basic, but good-value food.
|Waterside cafe Roydon|
Although the Moletrap pub was very busy, we managed to get an outside table in the shade and, after prompt delivery of the sausage sandwiches and the smelly arrival of some antique motorbikes with similarly aged riders, we were on our way again by 2pm. Lunch discussion was about Brooks leather saddles, as Ronny had had his stolen so had just bought a new one. I tried to get a link to a recent Cycling Plus article which said they make 4500 saddles each week, but couldn't get one so here is a link instead to read about Brooks saddle history and heritage
After passing some beautiful roses, we made our way to Upshire church where the cake display was as good as it gets. After the tea stop we went into the Lea Valley park and left via Wharf Road, to nearly retrace our outward route via Wormley West End back towards Hatfield. Mary left us to go up the towpath back to Broxbourne.
We did about 68 miles on a very hot day.