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08 Dec: St Albans to Chesham

posted 11 Dec 2013, 03:42 by South Herts   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 20:52 ]
The ride started from St Albans, going via the grey suburban wastelands of Kings Langley, erstwhile home of Ovaltine.  I was never an Ovaltiney myself, more of a hot choccy man, but I did enjoy going to the country & western club there on a Sunday night.  We continued on and up and the route was a tauntingly hilly, winding affair of pleasant autumnal lanes, with a hint of the winter before us.   Reaching Little Chalfont we repaired to Ozzy’s café for a much needed cuppa after climbing the steep hill out of Latimer.  Richard appeared for his breakfast, having risen late, to join us for the best bit of the ride.

group in woods
Hodgemoor Woods
narrow lane
No wonder cars don't come down here
fixing a puncture
I wouldn't do it that way.
green dragon
Flaunden dragon

Revitalised, with the sun shining brightly, we ascended the first of many jolly little hills out of Chalfont St Giles up to Hodgemoor Woods, and then on through Penn Street and down the gated lane to Little Missenden.  This was a fantastic little lane that would’ve sent some of our other riders into fits (don't you love GPS gadgets?).  Muddy, slippery, leaf strewn with a huge chunk of rock that Neil discovered on the descent.  Then in glorious sunshine, all of us were dancing gaily on our pedals up and down the hills to Chartridge.  Here, Richard, clearly upset that there were no more hills to climb, decided to have a puncture, before the downhill cruise to Chesham and a picnic lunch inside the pleasant Pheasant.  This is lovely local pub for local people and mad cyclists who like to have a winter's picnic.  Yes, this pub doesn’t do food but they don’t mind if you bring your own - in fact they make you feel very welcome.  Carol joined us for lunch as she was off the bike due to an injury to her hand, hope she gets better soon.

From here it was back up to Flaunden, where the Green Dragon was having a good laugh at our hill climbing efforts, before finishing our 50-mile circuit in St Albans as the sun was going down.

Steve H  8/12/2013

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