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02 Oct: St Albans to Lacey Green

posted 7 Oct 2016, 08:04 by South Herts   [ updated 1 Jan 2017, 22:12 ]
It’s a really nice ride out today courtesy of Carol, to begin with though we are attracted by a curiosity. It’s the St Albans food fair and Oaklands College are showing a sow and her 7-day-old piglets. We have a lovely meandering route to first break, which is the Masterchef in Amersham for bacon sandwiches. The morning is quite chilly, reminding us it is October and we are worried it is going to rain, but after break it soon heats up and some brilliant sunshine makes its appearance. 

Carol checking the map 161002
We cycle through some wonderful countryside taking in Little Kings Hill, Great Kings Hill, Bryant’s Bottom and Speen. This is prime Midsomer Murders country; we also go past an ice cream factory. Lacey Green seems to be really high up, which could explain why there’s a windmill here, and the skies around are a nice clear blue with great fluffy white clouds.

After lunch we make our way to tea break via Great Missenden and the Lee; here Steve decides to miss a turning and we have to chase after him, then one of us gets a puncture, but it is in a lovely sunny spot, so everyone has a nice relaxing break.

The Mediterranean Nursery is closed when we get there, and we are too late for Wyevale, so we use our fail-safe Blackwell’s in Chipperfield.

After tea it’s just a case of getting home via Kings Langley and Toms Lane, thinking what a great day out many riders have missed.

Neil 02/10/2016