A joint report from Phil and me this week!
Phil’s bit first:
Having missed the Essex MG AGM a couple of weeks ago, and seen Martin’s pictures in last week’s ride report, I approached the 4 or 5 riders assembled at Fairfield Road wondering whether a decision had been taken I didn’t know about. All riders were wearing various shades and styles of ‘maillots jaunes’ again. Coincidence, and the need to be very visible on typically murky winter mornings, seemed to be the explanation. Another 6 riders arrived for our 9.15am start, not all of them wearing yellow, but we had all ‘layered up’; it was a chilly start.
Brian and Jeanette on the tandem led us through Great Waltham and Littley Green towards the Station Cafe at Rayne. On narrow lanes, even when we’re in single file, so often do vehicles become impatient when waiting for a safe straight section of road to overtake that it hardly registers. How refreshing then, when we were followed at some distance, for some distance, without feeling that sense of frustration from behind. When this car did overtake (safely) the fact that there was a bike on a bike rack on the tailgate explained a lot.
We made Rayne in good time. The train (or rather carriage) was in the station and we understand Santa Claus himself will be preparing for his busiest time of year by having a relax in second class later in the month. Numbers remained buoyant for the onward journey to Great Bardfield even though three of us took the return back to Chelmsford.
This is Phil’s endomodo record of the ride to Rayne:
Now my bit:
After elevenses on the cold platform outside the café at Rayne station we set off for Great Bardfield. John and Beryl had joined us so we were still a group of 11. Brian led us via Shalford on a very enjoyable route to The Bell for lunch where our numbers were further boosted by the arrival of Eric and Heather, meaning we had 15 members out today, including a very welcome visitor Mel from the SE Essex MG.
Some of our group having lunch at The Bell Great Bardfiled
As we left for the return to Chelmsford the sun burst out and we had perfect conditions for our ride home. Brian chose another excellent route via Lubberhouses Lane, Shalford, Felsted, North End and the Chignals and we reached Chelmsford at about 3.15 having covered about 50 miles.
Here is a link to my Strava record of the complete ride: