Virago Stars Owners Club – Centre 13

Sunday 20th March – Ride out on the Vernal Equinox

Vernal translates to “new” and “fresh,” and the word equinox comes from the Latin words aequus, meaning “equal,” and nox, meaning “night.”
The sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west on this day, making day and night equal in length. From this day forward, the sun crosses over the equator to the Northern Hemisphere, meaning it rises and sets in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning that the days will begin to become longer than nights in the Northern Hemisphere, heralding the arrival of Spring.

What a great day out. Frank & myself met up with JK, Jane & Simon at Tesco’s Hatfield. I’d planned a minor road route up to Flitwick to join the A507. What an awesome ride! The scenery was spectacular, undulating roads, chocolate box villages, lush green fields, empty roads, hardly any traffic lights, lots of cyclists, and a few speed humps. Jane had a moment, as we traversed the top of the hill at Sharpenhoe Clappers. The topography there is unreal. I think that floated her boat.

It was great getting onto the A507, a chance to open up and enjoy the wide fast road. A quick detour to JK’s daughter’s house for hot drinks & comfort stop, then back on the 507 to our afternoon destination.

A great garden centre with plenty of parking, toilets, cakes, and drinks. We rendezvoused with Simons misses, Tracy, her mum, and puppy Charlie. The owner and master cake baker made us feel so welcome. We were lucky that they had food left, as hordes of cyclists has almost cleaned them out of munchies earlier in the day. Chat, chin wag, slurp & graze, wee and go.

I thought I would take them back via the A1M, but my satnav took us the scenic way through Walken, Bennington, Essendon, and home. Hope they didn’t mind the route, I didn’t as it was a great way to end an awesome day out, riding with my mates.