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21 July: Saturday morning ride to Shenley

posted 24 Jul 2012, 04:41 by South Herts   [ updated 20 Aug 2012, 06:24 ]
Well this was our first Saturday ride, and we couldn’t have picked a better day. Bright blue skies, a slight breeze and spank loads of sun.  10am Morrison’s was the time for the meet; Richard and John (a new rider) were there to meet me.  As the clouds bubbled away in the sky we made our escape from urban shopping frenzy and rode of in the direction of the St Albans Way.

We mainly followed route 61 and the first highlight of the ride was Saint Julian’s Wood, this offers a lovely view of St Albans and is a nice well-used track.  We kept to a leisurely pace of about 11mph and this suited everyone.  We were soon nipping through parts of Park Street on our way to Bricket Wood.  It was as we passed Smug Oak Green I made a change to the route.  The original went down School Lane then turned off onto a farm track (a lovely track but not good for beginners).  So I decided to make use of Drop Lane.  Highlight number 2: this wonderful little lane follows the river Ver and it’s very nice pootling along beside it.

John meets Richard outside Morrisons

Richard left us as we made our way up to Harper lane, then I introduced John to Black Lion Hill (he loved me for that).

After tea stop we made our way back via Rectory lane and a wonderful decent down Black Horse Lane.  We zipped through London Colney and made it back to Morrison’s.  The ride was just a little over 20 miles and took 2hrs 15 mins.

A great ride that showed John loads of roads he didn’t know before; he liked the fact that there was a good mix of roads.

This was a successful exercise - our next one is 18th of August.

Hope to see you there.