Reverse And Repeat!

Sunday dawned bright and sunny. Maurice and I decided we’d go for a spin with the Easy Riders Sunday ride, but unfortunately I messed up on the meeting point! So as there were just the two of us, and I’d enjoyed Adrian’s ride so much on Friday, we decided to repeat it, but in reverse. Also there had been a few things I’d wanted to photograph on Friday, but did not want to keep stopping as it would slow the group. We did not fancy riding Long Green on a Sunday morning with the potential for traffic going to Freeport, so we went via Black Notley and Bulford Mill. As we rode up past Cressing station, Maurice noticed that a footpath, behind the hedge on the north side of the road. This was meant

Thirteen do Forty Two

Thirteen of us congregated outside the Con Club for the Friday 40-miler on a day that was cold and a bit misty. Adrian had planned us a route heading east. We departed at 0930 and pedalled out to Stisted, through Tumblers Green and once again up my favourite (not!) hill into Greenstead Green. Here Chris noted that I was spinning nicely up the hill, to which I sagely responded that I was quite good at spinning, but not strong enough to mash. Bill was behind me coming up the hill, but only because he was carefully riding a new road bike, recently sourced from Re-cycle, and he was familiarising himself with the brakes and gear changes. The weather had become bright sunlight and warm, bringing o

A '10' for starters

There was a heavy mist as I left Willows Green for the first Friday short ride that the group have organised. We weren’t sure if anyone would come, but members had requested shorter rides and this was a chance to try one out. The ride was scheduled to take place alongside the longer monthly Friday ride and if popular will continue to be a monthly option. These rides would also be suitable to those newer or returning to cycling who are unsure about starting on a Wednesday. The forecast was great and in fact 8 members were to enjoy one of the best sunny days of the year so far. A gentle pace was requested and kept to about 8 miles an hour, with Gifford leading a ride of around 10 miles. That g

No Geese in Gosfield

This week, there were about 35 Easy Riders, so we were divided into 3 groups of 11/12. We seem to have settled ourselves quite nicely into groups where the speed and distance suit the group members. The middle group was led by Bill and tailed by me. The long group pedalled south from Drury Lane, and the middle and short group pedalled out north to Panfield Lane, where the middle group turned right down Rosemary Avenue, to ride through the housing estate to Deanery Hill. We made a good job of splitting into groups of 5 to ride north to the turn off for Panfield. Here I stopped for a brief chat with a volunteer litter picker for the area. I’ve wondered for a couple of years whether I should do

Snaps and Chat, but not Snapchat!

Margot, Peter and I decided upon a quick spin down to Great Waltham today. As this is a route I wrote about a couple of days ago, I’m going to focus on what we saw, photographed (snaps), and what we talked about (chat). Margot and I like to set off early, so the three of us met up at 8.30am and pedalled off towards Felsted. It was -4 degrees, so was cold, with mist lifting from the fields. As we rode through Felsted, Peter and I had a bit of a debate about boarding schools. My observation is that boarding suits some people but not others. Peter used to attend a boarding school in Darjeeling, India, and observed that his time was perpetually scheduled and accounted for – from the time he got

Gallivanting to Greenstead Green

About 30 Easy Riders assembled on a bright, mild, February day at Drury Lane as usual. It must have been mild as I had shed my helmet cover and was down to half finger gloves. We divided into 3 groups: about 12 for the long ride, 6 in the middle ride, and about 12 of us in the short ride, led by Bill, tailed by me. We pedalled off along Manor Street, on to Millennium Way to head down to Fowlers Farm. I asked the group to remember to ride in groups of 5, to enable traffic to pass us easily, and Peter S made a sterling job of keeping a gap in the middle of the group. We rode down Long Green to turn right in Cressing. Here, our group pulled over to let past a land rover with trailer, and had a

Overcoming the Winter Blues

January is never a good month for me – this year, I’ve had flu, Jim’s had flu with a chest infection, my art classes have been cancelled due to tutor sickness, I’ve struggled at university producing naff work, and have repeatedly being called to Coventry for short notice tutorials that have stopped me from riding with the Easy Riders. I’ve not been pleased. I’ve tried to keep busy and be positive, but have been thoroughly out of sorts. So after a month of miserable weather, this morning dawned cold, bright and sunny. Maurice and I decided for a short spin out to High Easter and The Snug Café. We were both well wrapped up and pedalled up the Flitch Way, joining the road south at Rayne Station

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