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08 Feb: St Albans to Tring

posted 11 Feb 2015, 01:43 by South Herts   [ updated 24 Nov 2015, 23:39 ]
A hint of morning frost, but otherwise it was a perfect sunny winter's day for our ride to Ivinghoe. Moving smartly along the main road to Redbourn, we were soon on the lane to Gaddesden Row. Here and there, enough icy puddles by the side of the road were seen to make you nervous about those wet looking stretches of road, but with no problems we were through Studham and down to Dagnall. Following the Leighton road for a bit we passed the flank of the beacon, avoiding a hefty climb and the possibility of a bit of ice higher up. We turned in 18 miles to get to the village cafe in Ivinghoe. 

Inside cafe
Warming up in the cafe
Here Jon and Judy joined us, having done far more miles on their two recumbents to get there from north London. It's a nice cafe with welcoming staff. 

From here to lunch wasn't too far, so a loop through Mentmore and Wingrave clocked up another 12 miles. 

The lunch stop was going to be a new one for us - The Hub, Aston Clinton was a bar and café adjacent to the sports ground. Arriving there, from the car park it had a gloomy, closed look.  Perhaps it only opened when the football team was at home – no, it was closed down judging by the repossession notice on the door! Oh dear, never mind, not being far from Tring and Tring being on the way back anyway, we went to the Robin Hood. This turned out to be an excellent choice. After a pleasant and efficient lunch stop we followed a familiar and flat route back through Berkhamsted and Hemel. An excellent day's cycling in perfect weather for a change.

Richard 08/02/2015

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