Today’s ride was meant to be so easy! Maurice and I had decided upon an easy spin along the Flitch Way to the Green Café at Little Canfield. Same route out and back, along the familiar Route 16. No need to take the map. Famous Last Words! We pedalled off, heading due west into a headwind, but sheltered by the hedgerows along the Flitch Way. All went well until we were approaching Great Dunmow, where the route goes off the old railway line, to meander underneath the A120, where there are route improvements. We came across huge concrete barriers, about a meter high, completely obstructing the route, with a Council Byway Notice, stating the route was diverted via Braintree Road and The Street.