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I'm on the Route 16 to nowhere!

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.

An Easy Bike Ride

This Sunday I had an easy spin out to Coggeshall. Jim is busy cycling to the Cycle Touring Weekend in Clitheroe so is away for a week. My friend Maurice is recovering from injury, so had not ridden for a few weeks, so a gentle recovery bike ride was the order of the day. We pedalled down London Road, then took the footpath parallel to the bypass from the King William to Notley Road. We went to Black Notley, past Bulford Mill and the station, and ended up crossing the main road, to ride down Polecat Lane, ending up in Perry Green. Apparently the area around Bradwell is the driest part of Essex, which is why major seed companies used to be based here – in order for seed to be harvested well, t

Easy Riders out in force

45 riders arrived on a glorious sunny day for a bike ride. Mick split us into 4 groups (one long, two medium, and one short) to accommodate our biggest ride group ever. I was tail rider for one of the medium groups, and it was just as well that this was my designated position as I seemed to be constantly hanging off the back of the group! Today’s health & safety tip is about the benefits of a visor. In bright sun, I wear a tennis visor under my helmet. It has a white top to reflect light, and the underside is black, preventing light being reflected downwards into the eyes. My optician tells me a blue iris allows more light into the eye, which means people like me are much more sensitive to b

Over the border to Kent

A merry band of citizens of Essex headed across the river to Kent to attempt to cycle some of the country lanes of that picturesque county. We had accommodation in some cottages in a village off the Canterbury, Hythe road. Wonderful accommodation and ideal for large groups because there was a shared communal room to bring and share our food and to sit and chat. We arrived on a Monday afternoon and had a short ride down the lanes near our accommodation, a little hillier than what we are used to around Braintree but very picturesque with lots of woodland and wild flowers, especially bluebells. That first afternoon we went into the village of Layham and had a cup of tea or such like to refresh

Braintree Easy Riders is an affiliated community cycling group supported by Braintree District Council and Essex County Council
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