We set off from Hertford along the riverside path to Ware. A lovely, well used route, but any cyclist would have to complain about the quality of the maintenance. The surface is now so bad at the Ware end that it is practically unrideable, especially in bad weather. A lumpy, slippery cycle path running on the edge of a deep-looking river is not a good idea.
After complaining about a bouncy ride to Ware we took the old A10 north, turning off to Cold Christmas. Normally this quiet lane overlooking the Rib valley is picturesque, but visibility was limited today. At Much Hadham water was rushing down the road to Green Tye. But we got to Bishops Stortford and pondered our future while refreshing ourselves in the cafe - go on or go home? The weather was only drizzle wasn't it? We would go on. Passing out of the town we noticed the large housing development on its northern fringes.
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