Falling Leaves Tour

According to Google Maps, a bike ride from Drury Lane to the Shell Café at Hatfield Forest and the return home is 39 miles. Not quite long enough, by my definition, to be a Long Ride (which is 40 miles). Aydin was our ride leader, along with me, Paul (Simpson), Peter (Skirrow) and Kevin. Health & safety tip for the day, is a reminder of the hazards of autumn cycling – as Mick would put it – beware of riding over ball bearings! By which he means, mind the acorns! Also be aware wet leaves are slippery, and often conceal a puddle. If you change momentum suddenly when on wet leaves, your wheels will slide from under you, and you are likely to headbutt the ground! Aydin led us out the Flitch Way,

Tour de Braintree

Last Wednesday, it was my turn to be ride leader, rather than ride member. When I plan the route, my preferences are to ride on really quiet roads, so this determined how we reached Cressing Temple. We assembled at King George’s Playing Fields, for a 10am start. My group – Paul (Simpson), Roy, Bonita, Julie (Spicer) and I pedalled off, heading north crossing Coggeshall Road, down Deerleap Way and picking up the greenway to follow it past the River Blackwater to River Mead. Here I dropped a boo-boo. I had planned to ride up Bocking Church Street, as a quiet route to Lyons Hall. Except I turned right up Broad Road – so we pedalled up to push our bikes across the A131 and take the track (which

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