The mercury was hovering around zero as we set off from Woodstock but the roads were dry and free of ice. Spinning along we soon warmed up and enjoyed the frosty and misty views from the quiet lanes crossing Otmoor. Arriving at Winslow we discovered that Jennie Wren's Tea Room had closed down. We had spotted the Winslow Cafe & Bistro just a few hundred yards sooner on the route so we went in there. For the benefit of the club, we all selflessly tested the full English breakfast and can now recommend this as a suitable alternative stop.
With full bellies, we swooped down into Bicester under blue skies in full sunshine on traffic free lanes - happy days. We carefully threaded our way through a busy Bicester town, walking short sections through the pedestrian precinct and down a one-way street, passing the outlet village before emerging safely the other side. The last leg back to Woodstock was back on quiet country lanes for a pleasing finish.
Kudos to Louis for riding out to Woodstock and back from Wantage.
Thanks to John Talbot for setting up the route and sorry you couldn't make it on the day, get well soon.