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Title: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 14, 2009, 11:10:21 am
I have a free day on Saturday 28th March and thought it an ideal opportunity to fulfill a long held ambition and ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex (http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/37/3750/Viper/Mill_Green).  By all accounts this is an excellent pub with good food and beer, plus it used to have its own cycling club at one time.

I'm not sure about timings yet but the plan thus far is to ride over from Witham in the morning, have a spot of lunch then tootle back home.  If you would like to join me on the ride or meet me at The Viper I would be delighted.

What state I will be in remains to be seen as there is the Essex Pub Night Ride the night before.  Fortune favours the brave  ;D

Hopefully my new bike will be ready  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: mike on March 14, 2009, 11:17:03 am
that's be a nice day ride from here...  Tempting, if I'm free!
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: токамак on March 17, 2009, 12:38:01 pm
If all goes to plan, I should be hacking round the Essex lanes on my new speed machine, which urgently needs building over the next 11 days as I'm entered on a 25 mile time trial on the 29th! I will happily stop at the Viper for your company, and to show off my new wheels ;), but I should probably refrain from the beer. O:-)
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Wowbagger on March 17, 2009, 02:19:16 pm
The Viper is a very good pub, and allegedly the only pub of that name in Britain. There is a group of drinkers there who have had their own "Viper Cycling Club" jerseys made.

28th March sound like a very good day to visit the Viper. I will endeavour to be there, probably approaching from South Hanningfield, Stock and Ingatestone.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 17, 2009, 02:31:54 pm
Smashing!

I will inform everyone of timings nearer the time.  I have to drop Twinkle Toes off at the station as she is going on a trip with Cubs and I'm not sure what time she's off.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Wowbagger on March 17, 2009, 02:44:16 pm
Depending on your timing, I might ride up to meet you and approach from a different direction.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 17, 2009, 04:52:31 pm
Depending on your timing, I might ride up to meet you and approach from a different direction.

Cool, I am anticipating that I will have to drop her off between 9 and 10am so perhaps you could get the train and meet me at Witham station.  The route I have picked out is about 28 miles there (round Hanningfield Reservoir) and about 20 back thru Chelmsford.  I should know more next Monday which is the next time Twinkle Toes is at Cubs.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: annie on March 17, 2009, 05:02:45 pm
Would love to but Arabella and I have decided to ride out to Lavenham to wave at those on the Stevenage Start of Summertime 200.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 17, 2009, 05:08:22 pm
Would love to but Arabella and I have decided to ride out to Lavenham to wave at those on the Stevenage Start of Summertime 200.

That's a shame.  It's been such a long time  :'(
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Auntie Helen on March 17, 2009, 06:40:26 pm
Hmmm, this is appealing to me too. I'm starting off in Colchester so would probably have to drive down to Witham unless you're starting later in the morning. I'll keep an eye on this thread.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: chris on March 17, 2009, 06:47:34 pm
Would love to but Arabella and I have decided to ride out to Lavenham to wave at those on the Stevenage Start of Summertime 200.

You'll have a long wait as the SSOS 200 (http://www.aukweb.net/cal/calsolo.php?Ride=09-113) is on Sunday 29th.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 17, 2009, 07:33:24 pm

Hmmm, this is appealing to me too. I'm starting off in Colchester so would probably have to drive down to Witham unless you're starting later in the morning. I'll keep an eye on this thread.

The more the merrier. You can park at our house if you'd like. PM me for the address.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: annie on March 17, 2009, 09:42:51 pm
Would love to but Arabella and I have decided to ride out to Lavenham to wave at those on the Stevenage Start of Summertime 200.

You'll have a long wait as the SSOS 200 (http://www.aukweb.net/cal/calsolo.php?Ride=09-113) is on Sunday 29th.

Whoops.  Thank you Chris. :-*
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oaky on March 18, 2009, 11:18:46 am
I'd love to join you on this - the Viper is on my TODO list (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=103493605790880807618.000448942174c52a18a12&z=9) ;) - but I'm looking after the kids on the 28th whilst Mrs O does some NCT volunteer stuff.

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: bobb on March 19, 2009, 05:30:53 pm
The Viper is my favourite pub in the world and I practically live in there during the summer months  :P

I'm in!
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 19, 2009, 05:52:26 pm
The Viper is my favourite pub in the world and I practically live in there during the summer months  :P

I'm in!

Excellent.  We can firm up times next week, our lives are in bimbo and dependent on a Cub Scout trip.  How does that work?  The Cub leaders are our next door neighbours so if I see them in the next day or so I will get times before the weekly meeting on Monday.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: FatBloke on March 21, 2009, 08:30:55 am
I'm in!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: bloomers100 on March 21, 2009, 08:37:28 am
I'm hoping to be there. Erron I was too late with my entry for hardriders so I can have a couple of scoops.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: TimC on March 21, 2009, 10:56:30 am
Have a nice time, peeps. I'd love to be with you, but I'll be at work. :(
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: bobb on March 22, 2009, 07:54:52 am
I was there yesterday  :) It was very busy (as it always is when the weather is fine) and food took some time to arrive. But that wasn't a problem as it gave time to sink a few pints of "Jake the snake". The food was, as always, superb. I had the chilli. They do it in mild, medium and hot. If you order hot and they don't know you, they will point out that it really is hot! And boy was it!

May I suggest trying to arrive in reasonable time? Around 12:30? Any later and getting a table may prove difficult. (Assuming glorious weather of course)
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2009, 09:42:39 am
I was there yesterday  :) It was very busy (as it always is when the weather is fine) and food took some time to arrive. But that wasn't a problem as it gave time to sink a few pints of "Jake the snake". The food was, as always, superb. I had the chilli. They do it in mild, medium and hot. If you order hot and they don't know you, they will point out that it really is hot! And boy was it!

May I suggest trying to arrive in reasonable time? Around 12:30? Any later and getting a table may prove difficult. (Assuming glorious weather of course)

I am seriously looking forward to the ride.

Can't see 1230 being a problem for me.  Will know more about my timings tomorrow. 
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: FatBloke on March 22, 2009, 09:57:07 am
12:30 is fine!

More time to drink!! Drink in the atmosphere is what I meant of course.  ;)
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Wowbagger on March 22, 2009, 10:10:32 am
12:30 is fine!

More time to drink!! Drink in the atmosphere is what I meant of course.  ;)

So what time shall we set off?
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: FatBloke on March 22, 2009, 10:18:41 am
10:30ish should do it, n'est pas?
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2009, 10:21:57 am
Are we still doing Friday night as well?  Hope so.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Wowbagger on March 22, 2009, 10:38:59 am
I'm intending to do both.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2009, 11:00:15 am
I'm intending to do both.

Splendid.  Me too.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2009, 11:55:33 am
Bugger, bugger, bugger and treble bugger and bugger again  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

I have just found out that the Cub trip is off cos of engineering work on the railway.  So, no free day anymore.  Bugger, bugger.

The trains round here are really pissing me off, I had to go into London yesterday evening.  I had to take a bunch of customers to the Paul Weller concert at The O2 (he was shit but then I'm no music fan).  Had to go on a bus not a train and a boat cos the Jubilee Line was closed.  Had a nightmare getting home - it literally was nightmare.  Got to bed an 1:30 this morning.

I will probably blast over to The Viper in the car for a quick half a shandy just so I can see what the place is like and say hello to everyone.

Bugger  >:(
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Wowbagger on March 22, 2009, 08:04:10 pm
This train problem at weekends has been pissing me off too. It's affected where we decide to go on WARTIES. We were supposed to be riding throughout E. Anglia but so far have been restricted to Essex. Lovely though Essex is for cycling, we need variety.

I actually wrote to National Express complaining about their weekend service, which has made East Anglia out of bounds for train-dependent London cyclists throughout March and April, and very inconvenient for ordinary passengers. They haven't had the courtesy to reply.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: bobb on March 22, 2009, 09:10:47 pm
Yeah - I really wish they'd do their "Engineering works" during the week. That way I could go and cycle where I wanted to at the weekend and have a good excuse for being late for work during the week  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Auntie Helen on March 22, 2009, 09:16:33 pm
It's completely messing about a ride I've got organised in May for the CycleChatters from Manningtree. Looks like the only people who will be able to come are those who drive. It's so annoying!
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Auntie Helen on March 24, 2009, 02:19:55 pm
By the way, is there a definitive start place and time in Witham for this ride, as I've not managed to locate one in the thread so far...
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2009, 02:25:27 pm
By the way, is there a definitive start place and time in Witham for this ride, as I've not managed to locate one in the thread so far...

No, until the Cub trip was cancelled my plan was to ride to The Viper either on my own or with anyone I met along the way or who turned up at my house.  Others would descend on The Viper from all points of the compass.

Not quite sure what the plan is now!
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Wowbagger on March 24, 2009, 02:30:48 pm
Couldn't you bring Twinkletoes on the tandem? Then you've at least got an insurance policy: if you get too pissed she can stick you on the back and steer you home!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2009, 02:42:46 pm
Couldn't you bring Twinkletoes on the tandem? Then you've at least got an insurance policy: if you get too pissed she can stick you on the back and steer you home!  :thumbsup:

I thought of that but rejected the plan ...

It might be a bit too far, and as the Cub trip got cancelled she is either off to a birthday party or out with her dad.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: bobb on March 24, 2009, 03:04:19 pm
The current jar of pickled eggs they've got on the go at the moment are most excellent. I was there again on Sunday  :P
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: bloomers100 on March 24, 2009, 03:06:51 pm
I think we just need a time to be at the pub, and any sub meet ups can be arranged around the given time.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: bobb on March 24, 2009, 03:43:47 pm
Let's say 12:30 onwards then. Assuming it's not tanking it down with rain, I'd suggest a table or two in the beer garden to the right. Bikes can be leaned up against the hedge within eye shot and away from those light of hand. Not that you'd have to worry about that around there anyway, but it's nice to be able to keep an eye on one's stead...
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Wowbagger on March 24, 2009, 11:23:01 pm
I've just seen the weather forecast for this.

At the moment they are forecasting 8°C, 39mph N wind, pissing rain and me staying at home.

It could change, of course...
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: FatBloke on March 27, 2009, 07:57:11 am
Yes, they're only predicting 22-25mph NW wind now.  :-\
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: cpjmathieson on March 27, 2009, 07:59:49 am
I'd love to come but I have to work the 1 to 11pm shift :'(
See you on another ride soon.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Auntie Helen on March 27, 2009, 08:03:52 am
Is anyone coming on this ride from the Witham/Colchester direction? I'm not sure I want to do it on my own really...
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 27, 2009, 10:42:53 am
Is anyone coming on this ride from the Witham/Colchester direction? I'm not sure I want to do it on my own really...

I am certainly not but you are still most welcome to park here.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: bloomers100 on March 27, 2009, 07:11:04 pm
I guess this gathering is cancelled or are people driving and 'popping in'?
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Auntie Helen on March 27, 2009, 11:19:11 pm
I was wavering about doing this but now can't as I have an appointment tomorrow in Colchester at 10am. Have fun though, I'll try and visit this famed pub some other time.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: Wowbagger on March 28, 2009, 12:53:44 am
Mrs. Wow has requested my company at home tomorrow, so I'll not be there. The weather forecast makes me quite relieved that I don't have to make a decision.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: FatBloke on March 28, 2009, 02:41:45 am
My M-i-L has taken a turn for the worse so it's unlikely I'll be attending.  :(
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: bloomers100 on March 28, 2009, 10:46:13 am
The weather around these parts is truly awful today, I guess a postponement is in order until a sunnier weekend comes along.
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: bobb on March 28, 2009, 11:21:06 am
Indeed, the weather is crap. Another time......
Title: Re: Ride to The Viper, Mill Green, mid Essex - Sat 28th March
Post by: delthebike on March 28, 2009, 11:53:14 am
Indeed, the weather is crap. Another time......
It was a fortuitous happenstance then that I fell asleep and have just awoken! It seems to have rained here but things seem to be brightening up.