Well this Saturday we had the delight of welcoming some more new riders, we had Nick and Lorreine (both new to group cycling) then we had Graham (we borrowed him from STACC), we had the return of Sally from last week and to bolster the numbers Sue (a regular Sunday rider).
It was a lovely morning with the sun doing its stuff. We headed out via the Alban Way going towards the train station. Graham had expressed a concern that it needed to be a saunter and not a race but he needn’t have worried as the pace was nice and steady and there was a lot of happy chatting as we headed towards Chiswell Green. I entered Ragged Hall Lane and onto the lanes that skirt the National Rose Society Gardens then led up to the Butterfly Gardens over the North Orbital and onto Lye Lane. It was nice going through the leafy lane towards Bricket Wood and we emerged into the sunshine again to hop over the bridge and sample the delights of Drop Lane. This is a great lane that follows the river Ver and leads to Smug Oak Lane.
Now a feature of this ride is that I like to take a variety of differing roads that are meant to test abilities and give the riders a taste of different traffic conditions. So we took in a bit of the busy Watling Street and then Harper Lane and soon we were on the hill to get into Shenley.
At the tearooms we met up with Rona and her ‘fabulous ladies’ out on their 5 miles to fabulous ride, but as we got there as they were about to leave. There were happy faces all around though and they had left us some cakes.
From the tearooms it was a quick jaunt back to Morrison’s via London Colney to end another successful ride.