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14 July: St Albans to Caddington

posted 16 Jul 2013, 06:09 by South Herts   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 22:55 ]
Eight of us met at St Albans for a trip out to a new café for us at Tring.   It was great to see Giles again.  We also saw the welcome addition of Kev, of Forty Plus fame.

After a brief and rather hilarious discussion, it was decided to leave the city via the park.  This is a great way out of St Albans now the cycle routes crossing Verulamium Park are open, although getting to the park required a taxi driver’s knowledge of the one-way streets.    We took the route beside the old Roman wall, then a familiar, hilly route out to Tring.  A great little jaunt out and at that time in the morning it was rather comfortable, if not slightly breezy.

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At Tring we stopped at the café-cum-farm-cum-brewery.  Sampling some beer from the Tring Brewery was tempting, but Dunsley Farm served a lovely cuppa coffee and the sweets were very nice indeed.  It was here that discussions turned to the weather and the heat.  It was only going to get hotter, we had quite a challenge last week riding after 3 o’clock, and it was decided to cut the day short and do more of winter’s ride destination.

As we were leaving Judy turned up on her trusty trike, having done a long route of her own to get there, so both Jon and Judy headed home while we made our way over to Caddington, The Chequers to be precise.  Now this pub is a real find, great friendly people, fantastic food, a really nice relaxed atmosphere and reasonable prices, so we need to use this place again. 

After a rather leisurely lunch we pushed on back to St Albans, completing a great day’s ride of 48 miles on a lovely summer’s day and no one felt ill, tired or over exerted.  We’d had a very pleasant day and could only marvel at Froome’s fantastic effort on Mont Ventoux the same day.

Neil 14/07/2013