A newbie's view ;-)

Today the Gods were looking down on us. After last week’s rain, today was a glorious autumn day reminding us of a summer not long gone and with the autumn colours of the trees we were treated to a lovely morning out and about around Braintree. I’ve not long been a member of the group. Recently moved to the area and with more time on my hands I thought it would be good to get out on my bike and learn my way about. I’d done a few longer rides but mostly just the 3 mile commute to and from work, so when I found a group called Easy Riders I thought that sounded right for me. I think Mick wondered what had arrived the first week when I turned up in flowery trousers and sandals (but with a hel

Autumn rain

In starting this write up I looked back at Margot’s Aussie Rules blog from only two weeks ago where she wrote about her joys in exploring the English countryside in good weather. Well that was two weeks ago, the Autumn weather is now with us, so I am writing about our ride in not so good weather. We woke up to a weather forecast predicting rain all day and cooler than average temperatures. Unlike 30 years ago, when the big hurricane force storm was not foreseen, today the forecasters were correct so we started off with dark skies and were soon cycling in cold drizzle. The route took us out of Braintree along the new River Brain Cycle path to Freeport, through Cressing and Perry Green to Cog

Barn dance

A selection of photos from our recent barn dance evening..... A big thank you to Karen for organising, Mave for running the longest raffle and everyone else for coming along and having a great time. And a short video to prove that people were dancing (although Craig may disagree darlings!)

Aussie Rules

It’s a fine thing for me to find that every time I go with BER into the English countryside I find so many lovely vistas and new things to see. It is particularly enjoyable when the weather is good, and today it was, with a little wind and cloud and some sun-very pleasant! Not so pleasing is it for a person hailing from Australia, when it is freezingly frosty, rainy or muddy! All that to come I guess! This week it was a ride of 25 miles (approx), through the Braintree surrounds to Stisted (which grows some of the best parsley around-thanks Anne!), on to Greenstead Green (no-no tea/coffee stop here today, even after that nasty, taxing uphill climb) and then on to Halstead, where we stopped fo

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