July 17th, 2016
Leaving Chelmsford today we had 7 up. Adrian led us out to Danbury to give Dave S plenty of exercise on his Claud Butler fixie. Along The Ridge we encountered a team laying tar and chippings. Because the freshly laid chippings made riding difficult we resorted to using the pathway as far as we could. Loose chippings continued down Spring Elms Lane so we turned off at the first opportunity. Some who had got ahead of the leader then went missing!
In Maldon there was some discussion where we were having our dorkey (see note at end) as there was a discrepancy between the Spotlight entry and that on the web site. We know one member didn’t have the internet so it had to be the Wilkin tearoom called The Lock at Heybridge Basin. Here we met three more members and finally the three we lost earlier.
With Heybridge Basin and Goldhanger being almost within spitting distance Adrian took us on a northerly loop arriving at the Chequers about 12:40. It was surprisingly empty giving us a choice of inside or outside seating. By this time there were eight of us, which was just the right number for a garden table. John Davis started working out how many more Tri Vets he can get in before he is 100! He has done 12 and revealed he did his first one aged 48. This was in an interim period when they were gradually increasing the minimum entry age for both men and women to 50.
The intended tea stop was Bunsay Downs but the road chip problem ruled that. There was then the suggestion of White Elm at Bicnacre, which would have been good for my return to Wickford, but then it swung to Perrywood near Tiptree in favour of John D!
Not wishing to go too far north I peeled off before Little Totham and headed for Maldon. Straight up Market Hill, across Stow Maries Aerodrome and onto Rettendon Turnpike. I so missed the latter on the revised Peggy Thorndike route! 64 miles for me.
Dorkey= elevenses; mid-morning snack
From a book on Suffolk dialect called “Sloightly on th’ huh”
July 24th, 2016 Essex CTC Summer Meet
I left Wickford with SEG but within two miles I made my own way to Blackmore to meet the Chelmsford Group for elevenses.
John B led six of us to Galleywood where Norman departed back to his car in Chelmsford. After skirting round Gt Baddow we went up Woodhill Road to find it with heavy traffic and much of it in a hurry. We later found out this was caused by hold-ups on the A414.
We arrived at the Hurdlemakers at 12:40 but had been beaten by the Taylors and Betty. I then started to suffer from watering eyes, which was certainly not caused by the barbeque as there wasn’t one. We were told someone called Brian Penny phoned to cancel it. This was all rather odd and we think this was a cover for the fact there was no one available to man the BBQ.
All four Essex Groups were well represented. It was sunny, everybody was happy and we all got fed eventually! A group photo was taken and then some started to depart. About 15:10 I rode homewards with SEG.