A spin to Abberton Resevoir

Ann and I decided for a spin out in the fresh air to get our circulation going. As we were both up for a slightly longer ride, we decided to head over to Abberton, and meet our respective spouses there. Then we could each hitch a ride home in our respective cars. Great plan. We met at the junction of Dagnetts Lane and Blackley Lane, just north of the Green Dragon. We headed down to Mill Lane, following Route 16 through Ranks Green, Fairstead, to Witham. We followed Route 16 up Chipping Hill, around the back of the station, and along Cut Throat Lane, across the Braintree branch line and over the bridge over the mainline railway. We crossed the main road in Witham and returned to the peaceful

We are Saling!

After the Wednesday bike ride with the main Easy Rider Group, Margot suggested an early morning trip before she went to work on Thursday. One of the Easy Rider success factors, is just how many impromptu rides with friends take place. It was only just getting light as we departed at 7.40am on the Flitch Way. We had a debate about sunrise times. Today first light was at 7.21, but sunrise was not until 8.02. While the shortest day is on 21 December, sunrise and sunset movements are not synchronised. The latest sunrise in Braintree is on 1 January, rising at 8.06. The earliest sunset is on 13 December at 3.46pm. I could feel the previous day’s ride in my legs as I pedalled after Margot up the F

Twas the ride before Christmas

"Twas the ride before Christmas When all through the streets, Not a cyclist was racing, not even in cleats Bike socks were hung by the chimney with care, In the hope that St Nicholas would soon be there Easy Riders were wrapped up warm on their bikes, While visions of sausage rolls scored many ‘likes’ With Tim as ride leader, and I at the back, Had settled our legs for a long winter’s hack When out on the road there rose such a chatter, I sprang from the rear to see what was the matter Off I then pedalled, away to the front, Pushed past the boys and looked as I’m wont At the sun on the wet of the freshly-rained road Gave dazzling lustre to objects below When, to my wondering eyes should appe

Easy Riders 2018 Christmas Meal

Friday 14 December was a bitterly cold, damp day, and I opted to miss out on the 40 mile bike ride to Abberton Reservoir. Those who did go, said it was a fast ride out, and even faster on the way back because of the lazy wind (too lazy to go round you, so instead it goes through you). Had Jim and I not already booked our meal, we’d have stayed at home because of the miserable weather. But as usual, when I don’t fancy going out, we had the best time. I love meeting our group in these circumstances – good company and conversation, lovely meal, a quiz, a raffle – what not to like! I discovered Ian B is a cryptic crossword aficionado and an absolute whizz at solving the clues. I enjoy a cryptic

A damp ride to Waltham Stores

Having had a spate of bright days for riding, this morning dawned cold, damp and wet. Not inspiring for a bike ride, but about 24 intrepid Easy Riders turned up to brave the weather. We had one new rider, Dee (friend of Ann) who we were glad to welcome. With our reduced numbers, we set off in two groups. Jim Dodge led the longer group, tailed by Brian and Paul. I think Jim was a boy scout in a previous life, as he had very sensibly checked our route a day or two previously, and discovered we were meant to cross a ford … which when he inspected it, was flooded! So after last night’s rain, he decided a re-routing was required. The Easy Riders rode off down London Road, turning down Queenboroug

A headwind to ride Dunmow

Sunday dawned bright and windy. The group (Alan, Brian, Paul, Ron and me) concurred with Ian’s suggestion that as there was a stiff headwind from the west, we should head west first to High Easter or High Roding, then have a tailwind on the way back. We pedalled south to Youngs End, turned right and headed down to pick up Route 50 at Lavender Leez. Having cycled 40 miles on Friday, I felt every hill in my legs, and was very slow, pushing into a headwind. Fortunately Ron took pity on me and dropped back from the group, letting me tuck in and draft behind him as we rode across fields, unsheltered by hedges. I noticed every tributary of the Rivers Ter and Cam, pedalling into every downhill and

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