After another change of plan, we cycled pasted the Rye House gatehouse where the Rye House plot took place.
We decided the original planned lunch pub would not be a good idea as sitting in the garden in the rain didn't sound appealing so we headed to the usually ever dependable JD Wetherspoon outlet in Bishops Stortford pausing for a photoshoot near Perry Green by the Henry Moore statue.
Carol got a puncture just afterwards so the rest of the group went ahead to the pub. The road seemed exceptionally busy on the way into Stortford and it turned out the A120 trunk road was closed between Little Hadham and Stortford as the works have started on the Little Hadham bypass. Unfortunately we were cycling on the official diversion.
As Carol and Steve approached the JDW pub the others came out after having been told of an hour wait for food, so we decamped to the reliable Bridge Café for lunch instead.
We left Stortford via quiet lanes north, then west before crossing the now-opened A120 and headed west through Wellpond Green where we saw the illegal camp set up by members of the Travelling Community. This hit the national news recently as they bought a field and have built a caravan site illegally.
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Ronny's photo showed there was some fine weather around and eventually we had a coffee stop in Hertford before getting back to Hatfield in the late afternoon.
I forgot to switch my tracker on until we were on the edge of Hatfield so the map looks a bit strange.
Lesson learned - next year set up a picnic ride on any special occasion day if we want to avoid any overloaded pubs!
About 60 miles and unusually no planned stops were used!