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25 Jan: Hatfield to Benington

posted 29 Jan 2015, 07:18 by South Herts   [ updated 11 Mar 2015, 01:49 ]
Air temperatures were above freezing and it was sunny, but there was patchy ice around on Sunday morning.  Nevertheless nine riders turned up at the start, including one new rider, Charlie.

Our group mounting bikes at pub
Leaving the Lordship Arms
We made our way slowly and cautiously down the cycle path to Welham Green and then through Little Switzerland.  Steve and Carol decided to turn back at Grubbs Lane, a combination of prudence in the icy conditions and Carol's problems with her knee. 

On the downhill stretch near the end of Tylers Causeway, Charlie came to grief and parted company with his bike. Steve H was behind and came down too.  There were no serious injuries to riders and their bikes but Charlie also took the path of prudence and returned home as the fall had hit a vulnerable knee hard.  We hope you got back safely and that we will see you again soon, Charlie.  It’s not the first year that ice on this west-east route has been a problem for us when other lanes have been better, so we really must avoid it in very cold weather.

That was the last casualty of the day and we all continued into Hoddesdon and then uphill, through Goose Green to Hertford and the Rose Café.  We had travelled more slowly than planned, so it was 11.15 when we got to the café, where Tracey, Mary and Peter R were waiting for us.  Rose Café provided their usual lightning fast service with enormous portions for those who had chosen baked beans on toast.

By the time we left, temperatures had gone up and there was no risk of ice.  We took a relatively short route to lunch and arrived promptly at the Lordship Arms, near Bennington, at 1 p.m. where Jon (who had walked from Dane End) was waiting for us.  The Lordship Arms no longer do food on Sundays, but, having been warned the previous evening, were happy to provide a selection of sandwiches and baguettes.  The sandwich defeated Richard who had yet to digest his baked beans on toast.

Our return journey took us through Watton to Tewin, where the group split up for the last leg home.

Judy 25/01/2015