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Title: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 12, 2009, 08:08:22 am
Every fortnight I shall be joining the Portsmouth members of this parish for their regular Wednesday evening ride. (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=21301.0)  Thanks to the successful culmination of some expensive negotiations I have secured all the necessary paperwork from The Current Mrs R to ride out on the Wednesday evenings that I am in Mid-Essex.  So, following the lead of the Portsmouth brigade why don’t we establish a series of Mid-Essex Midweek Nocturnal rides?

My plan is to start in September when I’m back from hols although obviously others can start the series off in my absence.  The 9th September would be the first date I’d be available.  I quite fancy riding through the autumn and winter regardless of the weather.  We have some big cycling plans for 2010 so I would like to exit the winter fitter than I’ve ever been and battle hardened.  Obviously I can only do the Mid-Essex ride every fortnight but hopefully there will be sufficient interest to run the rides every week.

I have no intention of monopolising this idea but my initial thoughts on the matter were to set off at about 6:30pm and follow a different route each week of between 30 and 40 miles.  In keeping with tradition a pub stop would be built in so perhaps the choice of pub determines the route.  Maybe we can draw up a rota so everyone has the opportunity to choose a pub, decide a route and lead the ride.  I live in Witham but there is no reason why the ride should start from here each week.  Personally, I have no objection to a short car or train journey to the start.  We could even have two or more rides meeting at the same pub, e.g. a Southend ride and Witham ride could meet at a pub half way.  My thoughts were that the emphasis was on cycling not drinking! We still have the Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub series (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12973.0) where the emphasis is decidedly the other way round!

I have been compiling a list of pubs and also have the local CAMRA guide.  Here are the pubs I would particularly like to include but the whole idea is to tap into other people's ideas …

Railway Tavern – Southminister
The Norton – Cold Norton
Square & Compasses – Fuller Street
Compasses - Littley Green and Pattiswick
The Fleece - Boxford
Hurdlemakers – Woodham Mortimer
The Viper – Mill Green
Strangers Home Inn – Bradfield, Manningtree
The Swan – Bures
The Five Bells – Colne Engaine

So what do we think?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on August 12, 2009, 08:38:18 am
Sounds brill!

I'm a teetotaller so I can make sure than none of you fall into a ditch and get forgotten, if that helps!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on August 12, 2009, 08:42:56 am
A most excellent idea.  Count me in.  :thumbsup:

Off the top of my head,  I'd add the following pub suggestions too, most of which I've visited, some of which I've only cycled past but been intrigued by...

White Hart - Margaretting Tye
Swan - Little Totham  (may need to start somewhere other than Witham or devise a convoluted route since it's only 4.77 miles from here)
Leather Bottle - Blackmore (there's also one in Pleshey, not sure what that's like)
Blue Boar - Maldon
Whalebone - Fingringhoe (never been in, but it looked noce on the summer day I cycled past)

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 12, 2009, 08:43:32 am
Sounds brill!

I'm a teetotaller so I can make sure than none of you fall into a ditch and get forgotten, if that helps!

It would be good to meet you, you'll be most welcome.

Like I said, I for one will be concentrating on cycling not drinking which might come as a surprise to some that hang out here  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 12, 2009, 08:44:43 am
Mr O, why don't you kick the series off whilst I am away on hols???
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on August 12, 2009, 08:50:21 am
I'll try to come but Wednesdays clash with rugby coaching, the Leather Bottle at Pleshsey is an unspoilt village pub that does proper beer.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on August 12, 2009, 08:57:44 am
Obviously I'm up for it. But seriously - 30 to 40 miles of a Wednesday? In winter? When it's freezing and pissing it down? And a pub stop?!!!!

No chance!!  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 12, 2009, 09:05:08 am
Obviously I'm up for it. But seriously - 30 to 40 miles of a Wednesday? In winter? When it's freezing and pissing it down? And a pub stop?!!!!

No chance!!  :P

 :thumbsup:

The Portsmouth bunch manage 30+ miles, done it myself with them.  It can mean getting home at midnight but who dares wins etc.  We can always flex the plan to take into account weather forecasts etc.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Andrij on August 12, 2009, 09:13:09 am
I'm interested, but it all depends on the trains.  :-\
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: cpjmathieson on August 12, 2009, 09:28:00 am
I'd be interested but depends on my work shifts when I can attend  :(

Can't do the 9th Sept though Im on a operation sorry
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 12, 2009, 09:43:12 am
I'd be interested but depends on my work shifts when I can attend  :(

Can't do the 9th Sept though Im on a operation sorry

 :o A secret one behind enemy lines?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on August 12, 2009, 10:07:10 am
Railway Tavern – Southminister...

...So what do we think?

I think Pip will be pleased that your first suggestion is a pub she recommended! I'll have to get back to the Square & Compasses to let her know. ;)

Wednesday is Turbo training night at the Chelmer and I'm planing on making use of this facility over the winter. However, it could get pretty tedious - and a ride out to a pub with you lot could be just the relief I require!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on August 12, 2009, 10:33:43 am
Turbo training is for pussies!! Do you think Edouard Louis Joseph Baron Merckx bothered with that shit?!

No. drink beer and ride. Eat some raw red meat while you're at it.....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on August 12, 2009, 10:35:19 am
Thanks for the tip. Can you be my coach?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on August 12, 2009, 10:35:35 am
... I for one will be concentrating on cycling not drinking which might come as a surprise to some that hang out here  ;D

So just the 5 pints then?  ;D :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on August 12, 2009, 10:39:24 am
Thanks for the tip. Can you be my coach?

Sure. I'll be rubbish though ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on August 12, 2009, 11:12:47 am
Sounds brill!

I'm a teetotaller so I can make sure than none of you fall into a ditch and get forgotten, if that helps!

I thought it was the navigating that Oscar's Dad had the most problems with...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 12, 2009, 11:35:03 am
... I for one will be concentrating on cycling not drinking which might come as a surprise to some that hang out here  ;D

So just the 5 pints then?  ;D :P

What every Wednesday?  Can you imagine the mess?   ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 12, 2009, 11:38:43 am
Sounds brill!

I'm a teetotaller so I can make sure than none of you fall into a ditch and get forgotten, if that helps!

I thought it was the navigating that Oscar's Dad had the most problems with...

In fairness to myself I never cycled into a ditch - yet!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Viv on August 12, 2009, 12:54:25 pm
Sounds like a nice idea. I'm a CAMRA member too but can't cope with too much mid-week beer these days. I'm in West Bergholt and can drive a short way to the start but 6.30 will sometimes be a push. Driving also equals not very much beer. 40 miles sounds like 2.5 to 3 hours to me.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on August 12, 2009, 06:23:07 pm
Hi Viv, you're near-ish me (Ardleigh/Great Bromley). You may occasionally see my triking around Colchester. Give me a wave if you do!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Viv on August 12, 2009, 11:13:31 pm
Cool Helen. I'll prctice my wave.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on August 20, 2009, 09:10:07 pm
This, in principle, looks like a Very good Idea.

From my point of view, Weds is difficult because work until 7.30. I suppose that need not stop me getting a train to the nearest station and then cycling back.

And what's this about someone describing 40 miles as 2.5-3 hours' cycling? There's be no change from 4 hours if I'm involved!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on August 24, 2009, 07:20:38 pm
Mr O, why don't you kick the series off whilst I am away on hols???

OK ... Here goes.  In the spirit of OD's above formula (i.e. more riding than drinking).

This Wednesday 26th, will be the inaugural (but OD-free) episode of the M-EMWNS.

Setting off from Witham Station around 6:30pm, and following this route (clicky) (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Station-Margaretting-Tye) to the White Hart at Margaretting Tye (http://www.whitehartmargarettingtye.co.uk/) (the route comes in at a spit over 17 miles).

Return route could either retrace, or take this slightly longer route (also clicky) (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Margaretting-Tye-to-Witham-via-Stock)

Bikely seems to be a bit flaky at the moment, so the above may take a few goes to load up.

Anyone pressed for time, or running out of legs could, instead, make for Chelmsford station (or even Shenfield) on the homeward route.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on August 24, 2009, 07:26:14 pm
Hmm... Margaretting Tye ... Wednesday...

It's a good pub, or at least, years ago, when I last went in there, it was. I believe the locals call Margaretting Tye "Tiger's Island" for some unknown reason. It's certainly a lovely downhill run from Stock. I suppose that must be a round trip from Southend of about 50 miles.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on August 24, 2009, 07:51:46 pm
Hmm... Margaretting Tye ... Wednesday...

It's a good pub, or at least, years ago, when I last went in there, it was. I believe the locals call Margaretting Tye "Tiger's Island" for some unknown reason. It's certainly a lovely downhill run from Stock. I suppose that must be a round trip from Southend of about 50 miles.

There are a number of stories as to why it is locally known as "Tiger's Island". Probably the most reasonable would refer to local drug dealers there. If you wanted to score some class A, B or C drugs -  the pub in question would be your best bet. A short drive, or even a bike ride from nearby towns and villages is easily possible. And there were never too many coppers around either. I know this from experience  :P

I agree that the downhill from stock is a glorious stretch of road. Twats in massive 4x4s do need to be considered though!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on August 24, 2009, 08:32:35 pm
According to the pub's site, their own "official" version of the derivation is this:-

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"The 'Island' derived from the fact that when the river Wid flooded and the water rose it never quite reached as high as the pub. The 'Tigers' were the railway builders last century who got dressed up to visit the pub each weekend, and sometimes resolved their disputes in the pub precincts!"

It's highly rated by the Chelmsford CAMRA branch who have voted it regional pub of the year a couple of times recently.  {EDIT: Winner in 2007 and 2008 and runner up in 2009 (pdf) (http://www.chelmsfordcamra.org.uk/recpubs/rec09.pdf) }

It's probably at least 3 years since I last went in (for a saturday lunch with the family IIRC).  I've ridden to/past a couple of times lately and it looks to have been seriously smartened up since I last remember it.  The beer garden looks very inviting - hope the weather is up to that.

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on August 24, 2009, 08:47:59 pm
See you at Witham station at 18:30  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 25, 2009, 09:30:41 am
Splendid. Have a good ride!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on August 25, 2009, 10:51:52 am
OK, I'll do this one. I'll cycle over from Braintree after work and head for Chelmsford after the pub. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on August 25, 2009, 04:02:45 pm
OK, I'll do this one. I'll cycle over from Braintree after work and head for Chelmsford after the pub. :thumbsup:

Cool - see you tomorrow then :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on August 26, 2009, 08:06:33 am
Recce'd this last night (mostly for my proposed return leg to Witham, which I hadn't ridden before - I've done the outward leg a couple of times).

There's one road that's marked as closed (in Hatfield Peveral) but is actually pefectly passable by bike.  It also looks like they might be finally thinking about fixing the terrible road surface at the top of North Hill - there is evidence of road works and a 15mph speed limit (which I obviously kept slavishly to  ::-) ).

I stopped in the White Hart for a pint of Oscar Wilde on the way round - very tasty it was too.  The pub is very pleasant, with 7 real ales listed:  Two from Suffolk: Adnams Best and Broadside, three from Essex: Mighty Oak ??? IPA and Oscar Wilde and one from Red Fox brewery in Coggeshall, and two others (Keltek brewery "Trevitihick's revenge" and one other golden ale which I don't remember the brewery or name of)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on August 26, 2009, 08:08:40 am
There's one road that's marked as closed (in Hatfield Peveral) but is actually pefectly passable by bike.  It also looks like they might be finally thinking about fixing the terrible road surface at the top of North Hill - there is evidence of road works and a 15mph speed limit (which I obviously kept slavishly to  ::-) ).
They be messing with the elektrissy tubes but not the road surface.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on August 26, 2009, 08:34:09 am
There's one road that's marked as closed (in Hatfield Peveral) but is actually pefectly passable by bike.  It also looks like they might be finally thinking about fixing the terrible road surface at the top of North Hill - there is evidence of road works and a 15mph speed limit (which I obviously kept slavishly to  ::-) ).
They be messing with the elektrissy tubes but not the road surface.

Hrumph  >:( the surface will probably get worse in that case.  :(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on August 26, 2009, 02:26:04 pm
Any more takers then, for this inaugural ride of the series? 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on August 26, 2009, 02:49:58 pm
Del and I will be travelling in convoy from about 6.30.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on August 26, 2009, 03:20:56 pm
If I do come along, I'll probably just go straight to the pub. But I'm undecided......
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on August 26, 2009, 03:25:53 pm
Come on bobb - you need to get your legs in gear and revved up for Friday's ride to Mildenhall. :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on August 26, 2009, 04:38:03 pm
Come on bobb ... enquiring minds need to check what happens to your cranks when your bike wheels backwards ;-)  (Unless you've fitted a Shimano freehub since the thread in question).  :demon:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on August 26, 2009, 06:22:34 pm
I'd make sure I came on fixed  :P

I'm gunna give this one a miss. For a start, the weather looks nasty and I have some fine looking pork chops to cook.

I will definitely be in attendance on other MEMWNS rides in the future though....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on August 26, 2009, 11:48:38 pm
lovely night, nice to meet some new people from here  :thumbsup:

Now to find a towel to dry off with   :D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on August 27, 2009, 12:52:30 am
Just got in, 40 miles and several new varieties of beer better off. Good to meet Chief, as well as the old droogies from previous nights of debauchery.

Del and I seemed to be riding ni the rain all the way home, but rarely was the road wet.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 27, 2009, 07:11:19 am
Well done chaps. It rained in the night here as well. We're now on our way to the Dordogne.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on August 27, 2009, 07:57:40 am
It was a very pleasant evening. 

In the end Tokamak, chief and I rode over via a hybrid of the out and back routes posted above, to maximise the scenery.

Several (I lost count!) pints were had, of various types (I had the Keltek Trevithick's Revenge, the Mighty Oak IPA, the Oscar Wilde and a few Red Fox Coggeshall Golds).

En-route back, I followed Tokamak and chief as far as the outskirts of Sandon, then parted company to make my way back to Witham.  I think I missed the obvious route (reversal of the outward leg above) and instead ended up on Sporhams lane, a smaller quieter road, with a ford.

I then must've nearly broken the record for the slowest descent of North hill ever.

Bouyed by the excitement of one ford, I decided to tackle a second and varied my route back from papermill lock to take me through the Nounsley one (famous for it's "slimed bottom", as pointed out by nutty).

Needless to say, despite coasting through in a straight line, making no sudden moves whatsoever, I fell foul of nutty's slimed bottom and landed in the water.  At least I'd already been soaked through from the rain, so didn't mind the dunking so much.

All told, a spit over 40 miles by the time I squelched my way back home.

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 27, 2009, 08:03:31 am

Much laughter from the A9 near Nimes on learning of Mr O's swim. I didn't think the cycling not drinking concept would last long.  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on August 27, 2009, 08:59:54 am

Much laughter from the A9 near Nimes on learning of Mr O's swim. I didn't think the cycling not drinking concept would last long.  ;D

Nobody mentioned "not drinking  :o".  I'm sure the brief was "more miles, fewer pubs" which I thought we kept to admirably.   :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on August 27, 2009, 09:05:36 am
That was good and all the boxes ticked. Mid Essex, check, Mid Week, check, Nocturnal, check.
Some good beer, some good company, and a jolly good ride, despite the howling winds and torrential rains  ::-), to and from the pub.  :thumbsup:

Here is what you're waiting for, Clicky (http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/delthebike/Memwns)!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on August 27, 2009, 10:20:30 am
The wind was a right bugger. First of all I'd forgot how the route from Braintree to Witham through the Notleys is pretty lumpy, not a big issue in itself but with the bastard wind all over the place it was quite hard work, also the road surface was pretty bad and there was a lot of traffic at that time (between 6 and 6.30). Then I must have missed a turn near Witham because instead of popping out near the train station as I had envisaged, I found myself at the other end of the town and having to contend with a load of nobbing traffic to get to the station to meet the others. So, not the best start to the evening's ride. After the three of us set off from Witham the rain started to come down a bit harder, it was never really bad but with the wind, it made for pretty shitty riding conditions. Anyway, we covered some familiar roads through Hatfield Peverel, Little Baddow, Danbury, The Hanningfield's, Stock and eventually Margaretting tye and the pub! The pub has been ponced up a bit since I was last in it a year or so ago - it's pretty much been converted into a restaurant now, and was quite busy for a Wednesday with diners. The beer selection was good though, and I had several of the Red Fox brewery Coggeshall Gold, which was rather tasty! The ride back home was much more enjoyable - perhaps because the roads were quieter, and perhaps because of the beer I had consumed! ;) Got home some time after 11, had my dinner at 11:30 and then went to bed. I think Oscar's dad should be pleased that we carried out his intentions for this ride pretty faithfully. And I look forward to the next one. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on August 27, 2009, 10:36:52 am
It was lovely to see a door with the words "Tap Room" painted on it in an ornate style, and every time the barmaid opened the door, there they were: serried ranks of barrels lying on their sides, just oozing to release their issue for the thirsty cyclist.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on August 27, 2009, 10:48:05 am
... I think I missed the obvious route (reversal of the outward leg above) and instead ended up on Sporhams lane, a smaller quieter road, with a ford.

...

I do remember thinking as I rolled downhill to the ford .. "
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Bouyed by the excitement of one ford, I decided to tackle a second and varied my route back from papermill lock to take me through the Nounsley one (famous for it's "slimed bottom", as pointed out by nutty).

Needless to say, despite coasting through in a straight line, making no sudden moves whatsoever, I fell foul of nutty's slimed bottom and landed in the water.  At least I'd already been soaked through from the rain, so didn't mind the dunking so much.

There's one further detail I didn't mention earlier, but will do now seeing as it has a happy ending after all...

When I picked myself up from the river, dusted myself off and inspected the bike I remember thinking that I came off very lightly indeed - a bit of pond weed on the left pedal and a bruise on my left hip.

It was about 40 yards up the road that I realised I was no longer wearing my wedding ring!  :o :'( :-[ :-[

I spent the next 45 minutes or so squelching up and down the ford conducting a fingertip search of the area (there's an impressive scrape in the slime cover from the pedal, BTW), to no avail, then set off home, wondering if that was where I lost it after all - I started to think that maybe it came off in the pub when I took my mitts off (a quick perusal of del's photos confirms that wasn't the case).

We returned to the ford this morning, and between myself, Mrs O. and the little O's managed to find it.  :thumbsup: :D

What is really embarassing about the incident is that I know the ring is a bit loose and have been meaning to get it resized for a while now so I usually take it off before rides - I only didn't do so this time because my new mitts tend to hold on to it quite well - I forgot that I had decided to wear the old mitts for that ride owing to the new ones being over-padded and giving me pins and needles  :-[
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on August 27, 2009, 10:52:20 am
There's one further detail I didn't mention earlier, but will do now seeing as it has a happy ending after all...

When I picked myself up from the river, dusted myself off and inspected the bike I remember thinking that I came off very lightly indeed - a bit of pond weed on the left pedal and a bruise on my left hip.

It was about 40 yards up the road that I realised I was no longer wearing my wedding ring!  :o :'( :-[ :-[

I spent the next 45 minutes or so squelching up and down the ford conducting a fingertip search of the area (there's an impressive scrape in the slime cover from the pedal, BTW), to no avail, then set off home, wondering if that was where I lost it after all - I started to think that maybe it came off in the pub when I took my mitts off (a quick perusal of del's photos confirms that wasn't the case).

We returned to the ford this morning, and between myself, Mrs O. and the little O's managed to find it.  :thumbsup: :D
Darkness, mud, slime, a ring calling to you...

Precioussss!

And lots of us have fallen foul of Nutty's slimed bottom.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 27, 2009, 12:55:09 pm
Phew, glad you found your ring, it would have been really sad if you'd lost it.

I don't wear a wedding ring as before we got married I asked The Current Mrs R if I could be let off wearing a ring as I find them uncomfortable. Jokingly I suggested matching tattoos. She thought it was a splendid idea and my arse is forever hers and hers is mine!

Sounds like you had a good ride. What's the plan for next week?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on August 27, 2009, 01:12:42 pm
What's the plan for next week?
I think we should make a list of a dozen pubs and visit them in order, one per week, and when we get to the end we just repeat the series. Just turn up at the appointed time, 2000 - 2030 hrs, have a drink and a chat. All welcome and no pressure on turning up every week.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 27, 2009, 01:18:47 pm

What's the plan for next week?
I think we should make a list of a dozen pubs and visit them in order, one per week, and when we get to the end we just repeat the series. Just turn up at the appointed time, 2000 - 2030 hrs, have a drink and a chat. All welcome and no pressure on turning up every week.

Great minds ...

This is kind of what I envisaged.

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on August 27, 2009, 02:43:05 pm
What's the plan for next week?
I think we should make a list of a dozen pubs and visit them in order

That's a bit ambitious, isn't it Del? But I'm game...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on August 27, 2009, 02:46:11 pm
There are, of course plenty of old favourites, but we could mix in some new places.

Having said that, I doubt there are any pubs in mid Essex that none of us have ever been to  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on August 27, 2009, 02:48:37 pm
Having said that, I doubt there are any pubs in mid Essex that none of us have ever been to  :P

I bet there are. That sounds like an interesting challenge though.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Clare on August 27, 2009, 05:16:39 pm
Hmmmm, a ride, a pub, beer, a ride off route, comedy falling off, losing something and having to find it the next day. You don't get that kind of thing happening on the Pompey rides, they are purely for training.

 ;)

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on August 27, 2009, 05:34:35 pm
That's coz we're from ESSIX, innit!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on August 27, 2009, 06:07:05 pm
Perhaps we should have a twinning ceremony, Pompey and Chompsford? And fraternal greetings from the pub every Wednesday evening?

Sadly, I'll be attending only a few of these as I "work" up to 7.30 most Wednesdays, school hols apart.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on August 28, 2009, 01:13:30 am
That's coz we're from ESSIX, innit!

zackly! innit!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on September 01, 2009, 03:45:32 pm
The slimed bottom made me snigger. 

Sorry.



Did somebody say there might be another ride this week?  <pricks up ears>
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Andrij on September 01, 2009, 05:13:45 pm
  <pricks up ears>

Someone will probably regret using those words.  ::-)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on September 01, 2009, 05:37:32 pm
So are we gunna do one tomorrow? I'm game.....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on September 01, 2009, 11:51:31 pm
Where tomorrow?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on September 02, 2009, 11:59:08 am
Tempted... but I probably won't be out of work early and my legsies are still a bit dull and unresponsive from recent riding.  The closer to Saaarfend the better for me  :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on September 02, 2009, 05:29:15 pm
Seeing as there's little interest (plus the fact that the weather is a bit minging) maybe we should go for next week? Maybe one of the pubs in the Hanningfields to keep it nice and central for all of us?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on September 02, 2009, 05:53:04 pm
I'm going to spend the evening snoozing in front of a hot computer.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on September 02, 2009, 05:54:03 pm
Considering I'm still at work and the weather is, to quote bobb, minging, I think that this week is definitely orf.

I'm not sure of my availability next week  :-\
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 02, 2009, 08:20:08 pm
Seeing as there's little interest (plus the fact that the weather is a bit minging) maybe we should go for next week? Maybe one of the pubs in the Hanningfields to keep it nice and central for all of us?


I wasn't able to do tonight (or get to the internet to proclaim same until now), but I'd definitely be up for a jaunt out next week.  the Hanningfields somewhere would be very cool.

It sort of has to be done, just for the date (9.9.9).  Oh, and I do believe Oscar's Dad may have mentioned he would be available for that night too.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on September 02, 2009, 08:38:52 pm
I'd say it has to be either the East Hanningfield Windmill or the West Hanningfield Compasses then. I know the Windmill better and it usually has Brewer's Gold on. The Compasses is OK though. Maybe Del can offer an opinion?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on September 02, 2009, 09:16:48 pm
Maybe Del can offer an opinion?
I think that trains should have wing mirrors so that they can overtake safely.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on September 02, 2009, 10:52:53 pm
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Del - thanks for the best laugh of the day.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 07, 2009, 01:09:46 pm
Anyone up for a ride on Wednesday?  I have a nice 36 mile route in mind with ford (swimming) and pub opportunities.  Or, I'm more than happy to follow someone else's back wheel.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 07, 2009, 01:31:12 pm
I could be up for this. What have you got in mind then?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on September 07, 2009, 01:33:36 pm
I should be in  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on September 07, 2009, 01:34:44 pm
Sadly, I'm working this Weds. eve and will be pretty much every Weds. eve until Christmas.

I might be able to put in the odd train-assisted appearance.

Where do you have in mind, OD?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 07, 2009, 01:41:16 pm
I could be up for this. What have you got in mind then?

Its my classic north and south of the A12 route:

Witham, Ranks Green, Paulk Hall Lane and ford, Terling, Paper Mill Lock, Tofts Chase, nearly to Maldon via The Cats, back thru the Oakden swimming pool, Hatfield Pevvy and home.
 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 07, 2009, 01:55:35 pm
And what time do you want to set off from Witham?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 07, 2009, 01:59:12 pm
And what time do you want to set off from Witham?

Not sure, I'll need to check domestic arrangements with The Boss.  I am thinking 6:30 ish at the latest but leave it with me for a mo.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 07, 2009, 03:01:05 pm
And what time do you want to set off from Witham?

Not sure, I'll need to check domestic arrangements with The Boss.  I am thinking 6:30 ish at the latest but leave it with me for a mo.

Right then, assuming my idea is universally accepted I can be ready for the road by 6:30.  However, I'm more than happy to go with any other ideas there might be knocking about.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 07, 2009, 03:04:09 pm
6.30 at your place is good for me.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 07, 2009, 03:07:33 pm
6.30 at your place is good for me.

OK, lets see if another plan emerges.

WARNING: I maybe even more unbearable than usual ...

"When I went up Mont Ventoux ..."

"This hill is nothing like Mont Ventoux!"

"Did I tell you about the time I went up Mont Ventoux?"

Etc  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 07, 2009, 03:14:52 pm
I'll be so far ahead of you I won't hear a thing. :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Andrij on September 07, 2009, 03:37:03 pm
It looks like I'll never be able to make one of these after a full day at work. :(

Fortunately I still have quite a bit of holiday time left so should be able to pick a Wednesday afternoon that I can take off. :)

Just not any time this month.  :(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 07, 2009, 06:40:22 pm
I'll be so far ahead of you I won't hear a thing. :P

I can vouch for that ... a custard-coloured dot, rapidly receding up North Hill was all that I saw last time round ;-)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 07, 2009, 06:41:13 pm
Anyone up for a ride on Wednesday?  I have a nice 36 mile route in mind with ford (swimming) and pub opportunities.  Or, I'm more than happy to follow someone else's back wheel.

I'm in, although I'm going over the footbridge at the Nounsley ford.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 08, 2009, 09:12:34 pm
I could be up for this. What have you got in mind then?

Its my classic north and south of the A12 route:

Witham, Ranks Green, Paulk Hall Lane and ford, Terling, Paper Mill Lock, Tofts Chase, nearly to Maldon via The Cats, back thru the Oakden swimming pool, Hatfield Pevvy and home.
 

So which pub, (or pubs) do you propose visiting?

From memory, on or near that route (assuming we're not starting in any of the Witham pubs!) there are at least...

Square and Compasses (Fuller St, off route nr Ranks Green)
Queen Annes Castle (Gt Leighs, off route nr Paulk Hall Lane)
Rileys, Terling
The Rodney Little Baddow (off route, slightly further up North Hill than Tofts Chase)
The Generals Arms (off route, all the way up North hill)
A couple at Woodham Walter (The Victoria?) (slightl off route, depending on your
The aforementioned Cats
The Sportsman, Nounsley (very slightly off-route, near to nutty's slimed bottom)
The Cross Keys at Hat. Pev/Nounsley

This is all based on guessing the details of your route, but can't be far off.

I'm happy with any of the above or any other that I haven't remembered/don't know about.

My leaning would be towards the Cats, just because I've been past so many times and never been in, but I'm happy anywhere with beer. :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on September 08, 2009, 09:26:11 pm
So which pub, (or pubs) do you propose visiting?

I think that "via The Cats" is a bit of a clue.
Roughly here, Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=51.737163,0.621707&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=15&sll=51.737527,0.624032&sspn=0.01265,0.030041&ie=UTF8&ll=51.738005,0.621843&spn=0.013314,0.030041&z=15), IIRC.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 08, 2009, 10:15:09 pm
So which pub, (or pubs) do you propose visiting?

I think that "via The Cats" is a bit of a clue.
Roughly here, Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=51.737163,0.621707&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=15&sll=51.737527,0.624032&sspn=0.01265,0.030041&ie=UTF8&ll=51.738005,0.621843&spn=0.013314,0.030041&z=15), IIRC.

Indeed ;)

It's the secret sixth pub on a 5-pub route (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/5-pubs-from-the-GBG) I made a couple of years back and used to do as a training circuit.  I never did do it as a pub crawl  :( (at least not yet!).

I was just clarifying with OD on the basis of his earlier "pub opportunities" description ;)

Anyone up for a ride on Wednesday?  I have a nice 36 mile route in mind with ford (swimming) and pub opportunities.  Or, I'm more than happy to follow someone else's back wheel.

chief is a possible for this ride again, but he won't be able to start with us in Witham at 18:30, so will try to catch us up later wherever we stop, "The Cats", presumably  :D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 07:52:39 am
Morning chaps, The Cats is certainly on the agenda, assuming Wally has opened up, I'm sure he will.

When I was loading the route onto my GPS last night I realised that it also heads off to Wickham Bishops after swimming so perhaps we can make the Green Man at Little Braxted for last orders.

My mate Steve is also planning to join us.  He is a very able runner who I am attempting to convert to cycling.  Currently he has a mountain bike with road tyres but is keen to take part in this series of rides so I am sure we can persuade him to buy a road bike pretty quickly.

See you tonight, 6:30 at my garage door if that's OK with everyone.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on September 09, 2009, 07:56:30 am
I intend to join in on one of these rides sometime to sip my orange juice whilst you all booze, but I don't think tonight's the night (only got back from Germany yesterday). Mebbe next week, if it's on, and if I get myself organised somewhat.

My front light's a bit unimpressive. Do you lot have nice Audaxer Schmidt Dynohubs whose light I can share? Although I'm probably a bit of a slow rider anyway for y'all...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 07:59:59 am
I intend to join in on one of these rides sometime to sip my orange juice whilst you all booze, but I don't think tonight's the night (only got back from Germany yesterday). Mebbe next week, if it's on, and if I get myself organised somewhat.

My front light's a bit unimpressive. Do you lot have nice Audaxer Schmidt Dynohubs whose light I can share? Although I'm probably a bit of a slow rider anyway for y'all...

It would be good if you could join us some time. 

My lights need upgrading too but Mr O has some sort of Death Star to show us the way.  Plus, the moonlight reflected off his head is quite useful.

Just practising ...

"When I went up Mont Ventoux ..."
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 09, 2009, 09:29:07 am
See you tonight, 6:30 at my garage door if that's OK with everyone.

If anyone is coming via train to Witham who doesn't know the way to OD's garage door, I'm happy to swing by there and run a "feeder ride" ;-)  It's very close to being on my way there anyway.

Let me know either by this thread or by PM.  I may well swing past the station anyway, to look for any potentially lost yACFers.

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 09, 2009, 09:31:30 am
Your garage at 6.30 it is then. I've not been in The Cats either, so I vote for that. Will we be going up Col Du Danbury? And what surprises will the Magic Bag hold in store this evening? ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 09:45:48 am
Your garage at 6.30 it is then. I've not been in The Cats either, so I vote for that. Will we be going up Col Du Danbury? And what surprises will the Magic Bag hold in store this evening? ;)

My plan is not to take us up Col Du Danbury for the following reasons:

A. It's not as high as Mont Ventoux
B. It's the obvious choice and I like to be a bit different every now and then

The Magic Bag (which also went up Mont Ventoux) will contain dental floss, spare tyre etc as usual but will also contain inflatable versions of all the Girls Aloud ladies who will perform a medley of their greatest hits on Wally's bar.  After which they will perform lewd and inappropriate acts on all those wishing to partake.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on September 09, 2009, 11:11:14 am
Is The Cats going to be open? I've been there a couple of times of a Saturday lunch time, every other time I've been past it, it's been closed.

*charges up mega lights battery*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 11:14:54 am
Is The Cats going to be open? I've been there a couple of times of a Saturday lunch time, every other time I've been past it, it's been closed.

*charges up mega lights battery*

This is a concern.  The only phone number I have for them doesn't work and I have never been able to find a phone number that does work.  If Wally is shut we can always slip into Maldon if we're thirsty or come up with a plan C.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 09, 2009, 11:25:41 am
Plan C - throw bike through window, follow, help self to beer. :demon:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 11:29:25 am
Plan C - throw bike through window, follow, help self to beer. :demon:

Great idea, we'll stand and watch you execute Plan C.  Please pass out our beers thru the broken window. 

I take you'll be throwing your own bike.  If you want to throw mine you will have to remove the Magic Bag first or you won't be able to lift it.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on September 09, 2009, 11:34:09 am
The Cats is a funny old place, the only reference to it I can find on teh interwebs is on purr-n-fur.org.uk!!

Edit: I wasn't trying hard enough: The Cats (http://www.thegoodpubguide.co.uk/pub/view/Cats-CM9-6LS)

Edit 2: I love the vague opening hours given in the link ^
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 11:36:19 am
The Cats is a funny old place, the only reference to it I can find on teh interwebs is on purr-n-fur.org.uk!!

It is a bit weird which is why I like it.  If you order a pickled egg Mrs Wally serves it on a little saucer with a cocktail stick and napkin!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on September 09, 2009, 11:38:56 am
If that's the place I think it is, about 30 years ago the then landlord was very hostile to cyclists.

Mind you, I think he met a sticky end with an HP4 inserted where the sun don't shine...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 11:41:50 am
If that's the place I think it is, about 30 years ago the then landlord was very hostile to cyclists.

Mind you, I think he met a sticky end with an HP4 inserted where the sun don't shine...

Wally is a nice enough chap, I've been there half a dozen times, always on a bike and identifiable as a cyclist.  I think he is probably older than God and very old school but he keeps a nice pint  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 09, 2009, 11:48:04 am
If you order a pickled egg Mrs Wally serves it on a little saucer...

Ramekin? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramekin)

[edit] It's the only civilised way to eat them - all that "in the bag" stuff is for uncouth farmhands!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 09, 2009, 11:52:06 am
Is The Cats going to be open? I've been there a couple of times of a Saturday lunch time, every other time I've been past it, it's been closed.

*charges up mega lights battery*

This is a concern.  The only phone number I have for them doesn't work and I have never been able to find a phone number that does work.  If Wally is shut we can always slip into Maldon if we're thirsty or come up with a plan C.

Yep - e.g. the Blue Boar in Maldon is but a spit away from The Cats.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on September 09, 2009, 11:54:31 am
Is The Cats going to be open? I've been there a couple of times of a Saturday lunch time, every other time I've been past it, it's been closed.

*charges up mega lights battery*

This is a concern.  The only phone number I have for them doesn't work and I have never been able to find a phone number that does work.  If Wally is shut we can always slip into Maldon if we're thirsty or come up with a plan C.

Yep - e.g. the Blue Boar in Maldon is but a spit away from The Cats.

Yebut, you have to go up that bitch of a hill to get there!!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 09, 2009, 11:55:20 am
It's alright, OD's been up Ventoux... ::-) ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on September 09, 2009, 11:59:19 am
It's alright, OD's been up Ventoux... ::-) ;)

Has he really?  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on September 09, 2009, 11:59:40 am
He doesn't like to mention it...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 12:00:34 pm
It's alright, OD's been up Ventoux... ::-) ;)

Thanks for pointing that out  ;D   From memory, vineyards do not adorn the lower slopes of the Maldon hill to which Bobb refers, in which case I won't go near it.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 12:01:18 pm
It's alright, OD's been up Ventoux... ::-) ;)

Has he really?  :P

I have the t-shirt cycling jersey!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 09, 2009, 12:17:11 pm
Is The Cats going to be open? I've been there a couple of times of a Saturday lunch time, every other time I've been past it, it's been closed.

*charges up mega lights battery*

This is a concern.  The only phone number I have for them doesn't work and I have never been able to find a phone number that does work.  If Wally is shut we can always slip into Maldon if we're thirsty or come up with a plan C.

Yep - e.g. the Blue Boar in Maldon is but a spit away from The Cats.

Yebut, you have to go up that bitch of a hill to get there!!

If you're thinking of "THAT HILL" (i.e. Market Hill) then you don't have to go up it from The Cats, you can go in via Old London road instead.  There is a hill on that route too, but that's only "That Hill" isn't it?  ;D

Market hill is steep, but it's short and sharp and over before you know it  ;).  You can practically roll from the miniroundabout at the top to the Blue Boar even before you've got round to coughing your lungs out. :demon:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on September 09, 2009, 12:26:03 pm
It's alright, OD's been up Ventoux... ::-) ;)

Thanks for pointing that out  ;D   From memory, vineyards do not adorn the lower slopes of the Maldon hill to which Bobb refers, in which case I won't go near it.

It's ok, just loop around and approach Maldon from the South ->  mappy linky thingy (http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=583950&y=202965&z=120&sv=583950,202965&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=621&ax=583950&ay=202965&lm=0)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 12:38:30 pm
It's alright, OD's been up Ventoux... ::-) ;)

Thanks for pointing that out  ;D   From memory, vineyards do not adorn the lower slopes of the Maldon hill to which Bobb refers, in which case I won't go near it.

It's ok, just loop around and approach Maldon from the South ->  mappy linky thingy (http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=583950&y=202965&z=120&sv=583950,202965&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=621&ax=583950&ay=202965&lm=0)

Smart arse  ;D

Might you grace us with your presence one day???
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on September 09, 2009, 02:33:25 pm
What time do you think you'll be in the Cat?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on September 09, 2009, 02:43:52 pm
Smart arse  ;D

Might you grace us with your presence one day???

I'd love to.  Can't tonight though as I'm not getting out of work until after 6ish most days at the moment.

How are you anyway?  Been anywhere nice on your holidays?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on September 09, 2009, 02:52:49 pm
What time do you think you'll be in the Cat?

'bout 8 I reckon. The cat does complain a bit though when I get in him...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 03:09:59 pm
Smart arse  ;D

Might you grace us with your presence one day???

Been anywhere nice on your holidays?


Thanks for asking!  On my holidays I cycled up Mont Ventoux  :thumbsup:   ;D

There will be pictures in due course!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on September 09, 2009, 03:11:07 pm
Did you?  My goodness.  Well, I'd have thought you'd have said something... ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 03:13:24 pm
Did you?  My goodness.  Well, I'd have thought you'd have said something... ;D

Had I not have been so busy this week with dull work nonsense there would have been pictures and words by now.  Thank your lucky stars that thus far you have been spared.

EDIT: There is a thread already started  which I will augment (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=8868.15)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on September 09, 2009, 03:15:07 pm
Don't worry too much about the words & pictures.  If you make sure you tell your Essex colleagues in minute detail, I am sure they will relay the main points ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on September 09, 2009, 03:15:39 pm
He didn't really you know. He's been to the Isle of Wight and just can't spell "Ventnor".
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 09, 2009, 03:17:30 pm
He didn't really you know. He's been to the Isle of Wight and just can't spell "Ventnor".

 ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on September 09, 2009, 03:21:53 pm
Did you?  My goodness.  Well, I'd have thought you'd have said something... ;D

Had I not have been so busy this week with dull work nonsense there would have been pictures and words by now.  Thank your lucky stars that thus far you have been spared.


Please do hurry up with the work nonsense.  I'm really keen to know how the bike managed

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 10, 2009, 12:43:46 am
9/9/9 ride was good - about 39 miles for me, all in the company of Oscar's Dad and partially with bobb and Tokamak.

A couple in The Cats and more in the Green Man in Little Braxted afterwards.   :thumbsup:

related threads/posts are here (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=23560.0) and here (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg422677#msg422677).  :D

It was good to meet bobb for the first time, although I didn't get to wheel his bike backwards to closely observe the cranks.  :-\
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 10, 2009, 09:08:36 am
This weeks ride was cut short for me but I did manage to get a couple of pints in at the the Windmill (http://www.windmillmotorinn.co.uk/) in Chatham Green before heading home for dinner and a relatively early night. I'm gutted I missed Oscar's dad's water stunts!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 10, 2009, 09:12:45 am
Great ride and start to my Wednesday evening series. Only a minor swim thankfully. Pictures tomorrow once I'm back from Slough (yuk)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on September 10, 2009, 09:29:53 am
back from Slough (yuk)
Is this punishment for not being able to ride through a shallow ford? Karma!

We should get a T-shirt going:
I came off in
    Nuttys
Slimed Bottom
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on September 10, 2009, 12:36:04 pm
back from Slough (yuk)
Is this punishment for not being able to ride through a shallow ford? Karma!

We should get a T-shirt going:
I came off in
    Nuttys
Slimed Bottom


Until such time as you find a t-shirt printer that has an apostrophe in their repertoire, I think that this is not a plan to follow.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on September 10, 2009, 01:10:46 pm
Until such time as you find a t-shirt printer that has an apostrophe in their repertoire, I think that this is not a plan to follow.
I'm sure they will have apostrophes to hand. I gave mine away to the retired greengrocers home.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 10, 2009, 04:54:32 pm
I'm back from Slough. 

Last night was a top night.  It was a shame we lost 50% of the peloton but never mind as there will be other nights.

36 miles, 3 fordings of the River Ter, one slight swim that resulted in a wet knee, damp glove and dripping Magic Bag.  We consumed a total of 9 pints between us that washed down 6 packets of snacks ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/midweekessex1.jpg)

Here Mr O attempts to enrol the cat outside The Cats into the YACF fold ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/midweekessex.jpg)

My next Essex ride won't be till early October  :o  unless I can squeeze in a non-Wednesday ride - bloody work!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 10, 2009, 05:02:09 pm
We consumed a total of 9 pints between us that washed down 6 packets of snacks ...

Bloody hell - bobb and I had 2 pints each, you nutters. And what is that snack thing in the foreground? Looks like a deep fried hatchling! :sick:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on September 10, 2009, 07:25:44 pm
Sorry I missed out last night, I certainly plan to be along to the next one.

Did the share of 9 pints cause the wet knee before the ford? :o

Chief

PS - The secret to going through a ford is the gator tyre  :thumbsup: ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 10, 2009, 07:32:47 pm
PS - The secret to going through a ford is the gator tyre  :thumbsup: ;)

I don't think even Ultra GatorHamster Skins are a match for nutty's slimed bottom.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 11, 2009, 08:01:37 am
We consumed a total of 9 pints between us that washed down 6 packets of snacks ...

Bloody hell - bobb and I had 2 pints each, you nutters. And what is that snack thing in the foreground? Looks like a deep fried hatchling! :sick:

That was an extra large pork scratching - yummy!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 11, 2009, 08:02:33 am
Sorry I missed out last night, I certainly plan to be along to the next one.

Did the share of 9 pints cause the wet knee before the ford? :o

Chief

PS - The secret to going through a ford is the gator tyre  :thumbsup: ;)

No, I can't blame the beer, I fell in after two pints!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on September 11, 2009, 09:32:02 am
Sorry I missed out last night, I certainly plan to be along to the next one.

Did the share of 9 pints cause the wet knee before the ford? :o

Chief

PS - The secret to going through a ford is the gator tyre  :thumbsup: ;)

No, I can't blame the beer, I fell in after two pints!

Well, you're normally anyone's after a lemonade and a sniff of the barmaid's apron... :-*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 11, 2009, 11:38:21 am
Did the share of 9 pints cause the wet knee before the ford? :o

I don't think so -- I believe OD's bladder control is better than that.  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 11, 2009, 11:38:35 am
Sorry I missed out last night, I certainly plan to be along to the next one.

Did the share of 9 pints cause the wet knee before the ford? :o

Chief

PS - The secret to going through a ford is the gator tyre  :thumbsup: ;)

No, I can't blame the beer, I fell in after two pints!

Well, you're normally anyone's after a lemonade and a sniff of the barperson's apron... :-*

^^^ We need to be careful about gender in order to preserve my image as one of the forum's gay icons.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 11, 2009, 05:08:51 pm
Mont Ventoux (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=8868.new;topicseen#new) - you know you want to  ;D   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 15, 2009, 08:45:22 am
No doubt in direct contravention of some EU directive my employers have conspired against me and are actively preventing my participation in the Wednesday evening rides that might be organised this week and next week.

However, The Current Mrs R (a blessed and curvaceous angel) has come to the rescue and granted me leave of absence on the evenings of Thursday 17th (this Thursday) and Monday 21st (next Monday).

My plan is to ride a short and snappy route that affords enough time for a pint or two yet returns me to the bosom of my wife family by about 10pm.  I have no objection to riding alone but equally would relish some company.  Any interest brothers and sisters?

EDIT: this Thursday I fancy a route that takes in St Anne's Castle, Great Leighs (as recommended by Mr O) and The Compasses, Littley Green.  That should amount to about 30 miles and 2 pints (ish) - perfect
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on September 15, 2009, 09:04:02 am
Monday's a possible but it's my "no alcohol" day 'cos I take me tablets. I'd have to watch you drink whilst I stuck to jessie juice..
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 15, 2009, 09:06:05 am
Monday's a possible but it's my "no alcohol" day 'cos I take me tablets. I'd have to watch you drink whilst I stuck to jessie juice..

No worries, come along   :thumbsup:  I could either meet you at the station or you could come round here.  I was going to set off at about 6:30pm after me tea.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 15, 2009, 02:46:26 pm
This Thursday the Chelmer CC are holding a downhill rolling competition* - from the Viper! Why don't you make your way over there and join in? With the extra mass of Magic Bag you could go far!** :P

*Cranks are zip-tied up and you roll for as far as possible down this road (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Ivy+Barns+Ln&daddr=51.693485,0.4003&hl=en&geocode=FTDCFAMdbLEFAA%3B&mra=mi&mrsp=1&sz=14&sll=51.696821,0.382805&sspn=0.037027,0.077162&ie=UTF8&z=14). It's a long, gentle downhill rather than a short blast and you can go surprisingly far.

**earlier in the year the winning attempt was by a guy on his time-trial bike - this is really against the rule(s), which stipulate your slowest, heaviest bike. But it was allowed, and goes to prove that quality bearings and lower rolling resistance trump greater mass down a hill!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 15, 2009, 02:52:56 pm
This Thursday the Chelmer CC are holding a downhill rolling competition* - from the Viper! Why don't you make your way over there and join in? With the extra mass of Magic Bag you could go far!** :P

*Cranks are zip-tied up and you roll for as far as possible down this road (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Ivy+Barns+Ln&daddr=51.693485,0.4003&hl=en&geocode=FTDCFAMdbLEFAA%3B&mra=mi&mrsp=1&sz=14&sll=51.696821,0.382805&sspn=0.037027,0.077162&ie=UTF8&z=14). It's a long, gentle downhill rather than a short blast and you can go surprisingly far.

**earlier in the year the winning attempt was by a guy on his time-trial bike - this is really against the rule(s), which stipulate your slowest, heaviest bike. But it was allowed, and goes to prove that quality bearings and lower rolling resistance trump greater mass down a hill!

Hmmm, The Viper is a bit further than I had in mind and could end up being a late night which on this particular occasion doesn't appeal.  I've heard of these downhill rolling competitions and they sound like fun, we should organise a YACF event on a Friday night pub ride perhaps? 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 15, 2009, 03:47:17 pm
No doubt in direct contravention of some EU directive my employers have conspired against me and are actively preventing my participation in the Wednesday evening rides that might be organised this week and next week.

However, The Current Mrs R (a blessed and curvaceous angel) has come to the rescue and granted me leave of absence on the evenings of Thursday 17th (this Thursday) and Monday 21st (next Monday).

My plan is to ride a short and snappy route that affords enough time for a pint or two yet returns me to the bosom of my wife family by about 10pm.  I have no objection to riding alone but equally would relish some company.  Any interest brothers and sisters?

EDIT: this Thursday I fancy a route that takes in St Anne's Castle, Great Leighs (as recommended by Mr O) and The Compasses, Littley Green.  That should amount to about 30 miles and 2 pints (ish) - perfect

I have just worked out that the St Anne's Castle, Littley Green ride is closer to a 20 mile round trip which will do fine for Thursday.

I fancy a trip out to the Five Bells at Colne Engaine on Monday which will be a 30 mile round trip.

As mentioned company will be most welcome, as will alternative suggestions.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on September 15, 2009, 03:51:30 pm
I have a stag do this weekend. I think it would be wise for me to stay away from any establishments that sell booze on Thursday. I have no idea what state I'll be in when I get back for the Monday!! But you never know.....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 15, 2009, 05:24:29 pm
St. Anne's Castle and Littley Green are quite close to home for me - If I get away from the downhill rolling comp. in good time I may be able to meet you for a swift pint.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 16, 2009, 06:52:50 am
Right ho, I will drop you a text to let you know what time we are likely to be at each pub.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on September 16, 2009, 09:08:04 am
Monday's a possible but it's my "no alcohol" day 'cos I take me tablets. I'd have to watch you drink whilst I stuck to jessie juice..

No worries, come along   :thumbsup:  I could either meet you at the station or you could come round here.  I was going to set off at about 6:30pm after me tea.

I have been reminded by Dez that I have another commitment on Monday. Sorry!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 16, 2009, 09:39:11 am
Monday's a possible but it's my "no alcohol" day 'cos I take me tablets. I'd have to watch you drink whilst I stuck to jessie juice..

No worries, come along   :thumbsup:  I could either meet you at the station or you could come round here.  I was going to set off at about 6:30pm after me tea.

I have been reminded by Dez that I have another commitment on Monday. Sorry!

No problem, there will be other times. 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 17, 2009, 09:47:34 am
We have a new play mate.  My chum Steve (fellow school governor) has just signed up to YACF under the handle hasy64.  Steve is a keen runner whose legs have persuaded him to take up cycling.  Hopefully I will be dragging him out tonight for an inaugural ride and couple of pints.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on September 17, 2009, 09:51:29 am
Have you warned him about the Initiation Ceremony? :o
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 17, 2009, 09:53:40 am
Have you warned him about the Initiation Ceremony? :o

Which one? 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on September 17, 2009, 09:58:17 am
Well, you may have a specific Essex-branch version, but surely you remember your own Hazing, with Hummers & his collection of root vegetables?  Or has the therapy helped you deal with that, and bring closure now? ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 17, 2009, 10:06:44 am
Well, you may have a specific Essex-branch version, but surely you remember your own Hazing, with Hummers & his collection of root vegetables?  Or has the therapy helped you deal with that, and bring closure now? ;D

Ah yes, I had managed to erase the experience from my memory, so thanks for bringing it all flooding back  >:(  Therapy is very expensive these days - all that beer, and all those pickled eggs.  I can't imagine that you'll be making any sort of financial contribution  ::-)

I was lured to a secret location near Portsmouth with the promise that I would finally get to meet Girls Aloud.  I was told to drink a liquid that purported to be the pride of London, after which it all went dark.  What happened next cannot be committed to text as there are people here of a nervous disposition and yet more who are easily offended.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on September 17, 2009, 10:16:09 am
Sorry, sorry.  I didn't mean you to have to relive the Trauma.  I shall buy you a pickled egg by recompense ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 17, 2009, 10:24:48 am
Sorry, sorry.  I didn't mean you to have to relive the Trauma.  I shall buy you a pickled egg by recompense ;D

I should think so.  Be a bit more careful in the future or I'll tell everyone how you like dressing up as Margaret Thatcher when you think nobody is looking.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on September 17, 2009, 10:25:30 am
How did you know that? :o  Have you been borrowing that 2032mm lens from PaulR? ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 17, 2009, 10:28:30 am
How did you know that? :o  Have you been borrowing that 2032mm lens from PaulR? ;D

No, I have my own sources and many sauces too.  Very little escapes me and what does is normally just gas.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 18, 2009, 08:55:23 am
A fun night was had last night on the "Not so Mid Week Mid-Essex Nocturnal Ride"  Me and Steve (hasy64) set off from my garage door heading for St Anne's Castle at Great Leighs.  It might be the oldest inn in England but it's pretty uninspiring none-the-less.  Apparently this is due to a fire in the 1860's which razed the old pub building to the ground. 

After a pint we set off for the Compasses at Littley Green - much, much nicer.  A pint and more chat was had before we headed for home via The Square & Compasses at Fuller Street for a third pint.

Steve did extremely well given that his conversion from runner to cyclist as far from complete (he hasn't had a clippless moment yet) and he rides a 15 year old MTB with road tyres.  Once he does get a road bike there'll be no holding him back.

A very pleasant night, great company, just under 20 miles and 3 pubs which is an acceptable miles / pub ratio and I was tucked up in bed by 10pm.

And so to (drum roll) "The No-Where Near Mid Week Mid-Essex Nocturnal Ride" ... next Monday  ::-) (bloody work  >:( )

As mentioned I fancy the Five Bells at Colne Engaine.  Does anyone fancy joining me?  Or does anyone have a better idea?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on September 18, 2009, 10:54:48 am
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Steve did extremely well given that his conversion from runner to cyclist as far from complete (he hasn't had a clippless moment yet) and he rides a 15 year old MTB with road tyres.  Once he does get a road bike there'll be no holding him back.
...

You didn't take him up Nutty's slimed bottom then?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 18, 2009, 10:59:28 am
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Steve did extremely well given that his conversion from runner to cyclist as far from complete (he hasn't had a clippless moment yet) and he rides a 15 year old MTB with road tyres.  Once he does get a road bike there'll be no holding him back.
...

You didn't take him up Nutty's slimed bottom then?

No, I decided that was unwise.  We don't want him to peak to early nor scare the poor chap off.  Plus I didn't want another swim, twice in two weeks would have been too much!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 18, 2009, 03:07:12 pm
A fun night was had last night on the "Not so Mid Week Mid-Essex Nocturnal Ride"  Me and Steve (hasy64) set off from my garage door heading for St Anne's Castle at Great Leighs.  It might be the oldest inn in England but it's pretty uninspiring none-the-less.  Apparently this is due to a fire in the 1860's which razed the old pub building to the ground. 

It does have two major things going for it:- it serves two to three real ales and is open in the afternoons (and so makes a convenient holding point whilst waiting for the Compasses and/or Square and Compasses to reopen after their afternoon hiatuses).

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 18, 2009, 03:18:07 pm
A fun night was had last night on the "Not so Mid Week Mid-Essex Nocturnal Ride"  Me and Steve (hasy64) set off from my garage door heading for St Anne's Castle at Great Leighs.  It might be the oldest inn in England but it's pretty uninspiring none-the-less.  Apparently this is due to a fire in the 1860's which razed the old pub building to the ground. 

It does have two major things going for it:- it serves two to three real ales and is open in the afternoons (and so makes a convenient holding point whilst waiting for the Compasses and/or Square and Compasses to reopen after their afternoon hiatuses).



 ;D 

Your observations merely reinforce the inadequacies of my life: my afternoons are taken up with dull work which prevents me from cruising the pubs of Essex.  Long may you continue to be able to do this noble endeavour! 

Wotcha doing Monday evening???
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 18, 2009, 07:20:03 pm
Your observations merely reinforce the inadequacies of my life: my afternoons are taken up with dull work which prevents me from cruising the pubs of Essex.  Long may you continue to be able to do this noble endeavour! 

It's a tough job but someone's got to do it.  O:-)

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Wotcha doing Monday evening???

Babysitting, I'm afraid.  :'(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 19, 2009, 10:10:18 am
What's the plan for next week?
I think we should make a list of a dozen pubs and visit them in order, one per week, and when we get to the end we just repeat the series. Just turn up at the appointed time, 2000 - 2030 hrs, have a drink and a chat. All welcome and no pressure on turning up every week.

I think that del's suggestion is definitely the way to go  :thumbsup: ... how about a planning session (in a pub on a wednesday night, naturally) as soon as possible to decide on a list?  If we can get a quorum of, say, at least 3 of those hoping to attend semi-regularly together along with OS maps, good beer guide(s) and local knowledge, then we should be able to get a good mix of suggestions of pubs/dates etc.

As it happens, I can't go out next Wednesday (23rd) (but don't let that stop anybody else from doing it then!). 

Alternatively, Oscar's Dad could step in as "benevolent dictator" and define the list unilaterally, but I can't help but think that all the nice pubs will be mysteriously scheduled for every other week, with the venues for the intervening weeks (when he's safely tucked up in a Pompey pub!)  chosen from the "Worst Pubs in East Anglia" guide book.  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 19, 2009, 10:34:34 am

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Wotcha doing Monday evening???

Babysitting, I'm afraid.  :'(


Bring them with you.  I think I can get your big one on the back of the tandem and the little one can go in the kiddy seat on the back of your machine.  I can't think of a better example of responsible parenting  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 19, 2009, 10:51:01 am
The idea of a planning session is an excellent one and I certainly don't want to be a benevolent dictator.  My work schedule is severely buggering up my plans hence me doing some non mid-week rides just to ensure I get out each week.  The next mid-Essex ride I can do is Wednesday 21st October but I can do a Pompey ride on Wednesday 30th September.  This is not good  >:(   :-[ 

So, I suggest a planning session is held in my absence and I will just fit in with whatever plan you come up with.  The other day Bobb mentioned a Christmas do so perhaps this can be factored in.

What do we think?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 20, 2009, 11:14:54 pm
[...]The next mid-Essex ride I can do is Wednesday 21st October but I can do a Pompey ride on Wednesday 30th September.  This is not good  >:(   :-[ 

OK ... anybody .. any advance on 21st Oct?  I can currently do 30.09.2009 and each Weds onwards,
with the 30th being "good if I was out" ;-).

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So, I suggest a planning session is held in my absence and I will just fit in with whatever plan you come up with.  The other day Bobb mentioned a Christmas do so perhaps this can be factored in.

What do we think?

in terms of planning session location, I'm happy to do almost anywhere ... given that many potential regulars are either Witham, Chelmsford or Southend based, maybe somewhere in the Hanningfields, Cold Norton/Roundbush-ish or Battlesbridge-ish areas might maximise attendance (rideable for all of the above and near to Shenfield for an all-lines bail-out?

In fact, how about Stock?  Maybe the Hoop?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on September 20, 2009, 11:57:39 pm
Don't rely on my attendance on Wednesdays, so don't pick a pub on account of me riding from Saarfend. OK, Del might, but he also might start off in the afternoon. I teach until 7.30 then I eat.

I can probably do the last Weds in Oct, which is half-term, but I might just be riding somewhere anyway because I won't be working.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 21, 2009, 05:38:33 am
I am happy to go to The Hoop for any occasion - smashing pub.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 22, 2009, 08:27:35 am
Last night's "Nowhere near Mid Week Mid-Essex Nocturnal Ride" was a solitary affair but enjoyable all the same. 

The outward leg was uneventful and I found the Five Bells at Colne Engaine without too much bother.  I had a pint of Nuclear Reactor (or was it Atomic Reactor?), a packet of crisps and pickled egg.  The pub seemed very nice with a good looking restaurant, the barmaid knew how to serve a pickled egg and popped it in my bag of crisps without any prompting - none of this ramekin nonsense!

The return leg was very dark with no moon that I could see, the only heavenly bodies were the planes taking off from Stansted over to the west.  In places the road winds through trees which was quite spooky.  I had to go carefully as the lanes were unfamiliar and narrow with a good sprinkling of gravel.  All the same I was pleased with my average of 13.3 mph.

I got back at just after 9pm having looped round the block to take me over the 30 mile mark.


Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 26, 2009, 12:22:05 am
It does have two major things going for it:- [...]

Add to that a third ... I can ride there in less than 28 mins from my house, and ride back in less than 25 with appropriate fuel (which is handily available on-site).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 26, 2009, 12:39:47 am
[...]The next mid-Essex ride I can do is Wednesday 21st October but I can do a Pompey ride on Wednesday 30th September.  This is not good  >:(   :-[ 

OK ... anybody .. any advance on 21st Oct?  I can currently do 30.09.2009 and each Weds onwards,
with the 30th being "good if I was out" ;-).

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So, I suggest a planning session is held in my absence and I will just fit in with whatever plan you come up with.  The other day Bobb mentioned a Christmas do so perhaps this can be factored in.

What do we think?

in terms of planning session location, I'm happy to do almost anywhere ... given that many potential regulars are either Witham, Chelmsford or Southend based, maybe somewhere in the Hanningfields, Cold Norton/Roundbush-ish or Battlesbridge-ish areas might maximise attendance (rideable for all of the above and near to Shenfield for an all-lines bail-out?

In fact, how about Stock?  Maybe the Hoop?

OK -- first attempt at planning session.   I will be heading for the Hoop at Stock on Wednesday 30th September, armed with OS maps, good beer guide, calendar and various supporting materials (e.g OD's original publist upthread, and other suggestions).

If at least two other folks turn up, we will devise TEH SHEDJOOL.

One definite feature of TEH SHEDJOOL should be a christmas do.  This should be somewhere with food, that can take and advance booking of smelly cyclists and be near to a mainline station...  Shenfield is the obvious branching point for the folks on different lines... any other thoughts?  (The Square and Compasses is an obvious location ... although nearer to Witham/Chompsford than Shenfield).

Since I can't do the following week, if nobody else turns up this wednesday, I may just pretend they did, gimp (http://www.gimp.org/) up some fake photos and schedule that one for here (http://www.fancyapint.com/pubs/pub2538.html).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 26, 2009, 08:09:11 am
Nice one Mr O, well done for taking the planning task on.  If no-one turns up then feel free to assume the role of Benevolent Dictator.  By the way, I insist that we go to the worst pub in Essex that you linked to at some point!   :thumbsup:

Regarding the Christmas do.  Personally I'd like to try somewhere other than the Square & Compasses simply cos we went there last year and we as a family go there often.  Me, Del and Twinkle Toes enjoyed the food at The Hoop so perhaps you could check out that option on Wednesday.  Other suggestions would be fab as well. 

An opportunity was missed last year as we didn't turn up in Santa hats and reindeer antlers etc which was a crying shame bearing in mind He was present (albeit in civvies).  I'm sure Del has a pixie costume he could wear and if you are in the habit of wearing a pink hat 365/24/7 just dangle some tinsel around the brim.

Anyhow, best of luck with the planning.  I look forward to the results.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on September 26, 2009, 09:58:35 am
It won't hurt to have a look here, Clicky (http://www.cwaller.force9.co.uk/forty plus southend/index.html), top of the page, for a list of pubs that the Southend section of 40+ go to. If you go to Forty Plus cycling Front page (http://www.fortypluscc.co.uk)  you'll find other Essex sections and their list of pubs, although not all in Essex let alone mid  Essex.

I think I'll be able to make it to the Hoop on Wednesday.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 26, 2009, 11:37:37 pm
It won't hurt to have a look here, Clicky (http://www.cwaller.force9.co.uk/forty plus southend/index.html), top of the page, for a list of pubs that the Southend section of 40+ go to. If you go to Forty Plus cycling Front page (http://www.fortypluscc.co.uk)  you'll find other Essex sections and their list of pubs, although not all in Essex let alone mid  Essex.

I think I'll be able to make it to the Hoop on Wednesday.

Excellent.  I'm willing to argue that even without any other attendees that will make us quorate (since OD has already issued his "proxy vote" above), so come thursday we should have TEH SHEDJOOL. 

Anyone else coming?  Tokamak, bobb?

I'm flexible in when I will be leaving Witham, initial plan is to follow the earlier pattern and head off from here at about 6:30.

Depending on whether anyone else is coming via Witham the we can eithe rstart at the station, or at my house.  PM me for location if desired.

[EDIT:  On the night, there may well be an election for "yACF Mid-Essex Christmas Do Organiser".  I intend to nominate ODfor this prestigious role on the night and, if I do turn out to be Norman No-Mates in the pub, vote him into it by an overwhelming majority ;))
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on September 28, 2009, 06:45:11 pm
I shall be there Wednesday evening though possibly quite late - as well as having to get back from London, I'm trying to complete 400 miles this month and only need a further 35.11 miles.  Plan will be to do a longer route to the Hoop and then a more direct route home to allow for beerage consumptionage  :o) )

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 28, 2009, 07:11:02 pm
I shall be there Wednesday evening though possibly quite late - as well as having to get back from London, I'm trying to complete 400 miles this month and only need a further 35.11 miles.  Plan will be to do a longer route to the Hoop and then a more direct route home to allow for beerage consumptionage  :o) )

From your office to Stock avoiding main roads should be almost exactly 35.11 miles.

HTH,
Mark

PS See you Weds night then.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on September 28, 2009, 08:00:32 pm
Another time somewhere like the Hoop would be ideal for me to join you in a rail-assisted fashion. Prittlewell to Billericay is only about half an hour. This week, though, I'm aiming to be in Dorset the following day.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: cpjmathieson on September 29, 2009, 08:21:15 am
I may be able to make my first  of these rides this wednesday...what's involved where do we meet, place time etc...any ideas on route yet??

cheers

Chris
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on September 29, 2009, 08:28:18 am
I may be able to make my first  of these rides this wednesday...what's involved where do we meet, place time etc...any ideas on route yet??
It should be a DIY so meet at the Hoop around 2000 - 2030 via any route that suits you.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: cpjmathieson on September 29, 2009, 09:26:23 am
I may be able to make my first  of these rides this wednesday...what's involved where do we meet, place time etc...any ideas on route yet??
It should be a DIY so meet at the Hoop around 2000 - 2030 via any route that suits you.

Cheers Del..is it a case of ride to the pub meet up , have loads of drink and make your way home again then?? ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 29, 2009, 09:37:49 am
I may be able to make my first  of these rides this wednesday...what's involved where do we meet, place time etc...any ideas on route yet??
It should be a DIY so meet at the Hoop around 2000 - 2030 via any route that suits you.

Cheers Del..is it a case of ride to the pub meet up , have loads of drink and make your way home again then?? ;D

If anyone else is interested in cycling from Witham (I have one other possible via PM at the moment) then I'm happy to lead the way from here.  In the past, we've met at the station, although I'll probably PM my details out in order to set off from my house (at least one person may be driving to here and then cycling ).

I'd hope to set off around 6:30 which would mean around 8:00/8:30ish at The Hoop.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 29, 2009, 10:35:27 am
A note on the MEMWNS

Since the series is still in it's infancy (actually I'd say it's still in nappies ;)), we don't have a tried and tested tradidtional format yet.  The idea is born of Oscar's Dad's forays to the South coast where he's participated in a few of the Pompey yacfers wednesday night pub rides.

On a couple of previous ones, we've had two separate contingents descending on the chosen pub form opposite directions (Witham and Southend), meeting up and going home there separate ways afterwards.

We have decided to put a list together of somewhere in the region of 12 pubs (intended to be visited one pub per week, to forestall the repeat of a previous comment ;)), which we'll publish here.  Given the varied locations, there may be a mix of pure cycling and rail-assisted cycling, so I guess once we've got a schedule together, we can coordinate via the thread who is going from where.   There should fairly often be at least two of us coming from Witham (once OD sorts his work/life balance out ;)).  sometimes that'll be pure cycling other times, I guess we'll be rail-assisted in order to enable us to visit some further afield locations.

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 29, 2009, 10:26:45 pm
Any other takers for the trip to the Hoop tomorrow night? ...bobb?... Tokamak?

So far I think we have

myself (riding from Witham with poss. 1 other)
delthebike (riding from Southend?)
chief (riding from Howe Street)
Chris.M (not sure where Chris is riding from)

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 30, 2009, 07:01:09 am
Mornin' all

I was reading the CAMRA mag last night and the Wheatsheaf in Writtle has just been awarded pub of the year by the Essex CAMRA chapter / coven / bunch of pissheads / or whatever you call a local CAMRA group.  I didn't know whether this was already on the list of possible haunts.

Have fun tonight!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: cpjmathieson on September 30, 2009, 09:04:08 am
Any other takers for the trip to the Hoop tomorrow night? ...bobb?... Tokamak?

So far I think we have

myself (riding from Witham with poss. 1 other)
delthebike (riding from Southend?)
chief (riding from Howe Street)
Chris.M (not sure where Chris is riding from)

Cheers,
Mark

Not sure if I'll be attending tonight, feeling a bit rough...however if I do I'll be cycling from Romford  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on September 30, 2009, 09:32:37 am
It's unlikely I'll be out tonight also. Need an early night and not to drink beer. ;)

Wheatsheaf would be good for another time...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on September 30, 2009, 11:31:06 am
I probably won't make it - I too need to be up early in the morning....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on September 30, 2009, 11:56:00 am
Is it time to start an "Essex Let's Get Pissed Every Night and Get Our Bikejournal Accounts Moving" thread?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: cpjmathieson on September 30, 2009, 04:24:53 pm
I won't be able to make it still don't feel well  :sick: sorry!!

Have a few beers for me  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 30, 2009, 04:26:53 pm
Is it time to start an "Essex Let's Get Pissed Every Night and Get Our Bikejournal Accounts Moving" thread?

Good idea.  Lets all give up work (some of us appear to have done this already  ;) ) and ride to pubs full-time.  It gets my vote  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on September 30, 2009, 06:03:11 pm
Is it time to start an "Essex Let's Get Pissed Every Night and Get Our Bikejournal Accounts Moving" thread?

Good idea.  Lets all give up work (some of us appear to have done this already  ;) ) and ride to pubs full-time.  It gets my vote  :thumbsup:

I'm in ... :thumbsup: :thumbsup: ;D  errr... ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on September 30, 2009, 07:18:54 pm
Not going to the Hoop  :'(.
Hope m_o and chief have a good time and pick some good pubs for future MEMWNSes.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 01, 2009, 12:27:19 am
Not going to the Hoop  :'(.
Hope m_o and chief have a good time and pick some good pubs for future MEMWNSes.

We certainly did, along with Auntie Helen (therefore we were three and hence quorate ;)).

Will write more tomorrow - did just shy of 38 miles, and Auntie Helen experienced nutty's slimed bottom (but not in the traditional "falling off" manner).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 01, 2009, 06:00:32 am
Not going to the Hoop  :'(.
Hope m_o and chief have a good time and pick some good pubs for future MEMWNSes.

We certainly did, along with Auntie Helen (therefore we were three and hence quorate ;)).

Will write more tomorrow - did just shy of 38 miles, and Auntie Helen experienced nutty's slimed bottom (but not in the traditional "falling off" manner).

Excellent, I look forward to reading the outcome of your deliberations.

I'm glad Auntie Helen made it - the more the merrier.  A question to the floor: is traversing Nutty's Slimed Bottom on 3 wheels not cheating?  Should we not make Auntie Helen have a go on two wheels so she has an adequate opportunity to go swimming?

Actually, I've just thought.  If we can find a way of getting people running we've got our own triathlon  :thumbsup:   ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 01, 2009, 09:01:27 am
Well I'm not doing any running, I can tell you!

Not only did I ford Nutty's Slimed Bottom, I in fact remained stationary (track standing, if I may) for about a minute whilst a slighty inebriated Mark tried to find the camera feature on his phone whilst shining a Tesco Cree searchlight upon me, thus making me completely unable to see ANYTHING but a very bright light, whilst hearing the gurgling of the water over my rear mech. Or something.

I was delighted to attend the MEMWNS, especially as I don't entirely qualify due to:

(a) not living in Mid-Essex but in North-East Essex (there be dragons there!)
(b) using an internal combustion engine to travel 45 miles as part of the journey
(c) drinking tea all evening (plenty of it too!) and nothing alcoholic
(d) boring the pants off Mark (fortunately not literally) about wanting a pudding and when it finally arrived, jeering at it for its pöshness when all we cyclists want is stodge and lots of it...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 01, 2009, 09:12:24 am
Well I'm not doing any running, I can tell you!

Not only did I ford Nutty's Slimed Bottom, I in fact remained stationary (track standing, if I may) for about a minute whilst a slighty inebriated Mark tried to find the camera feature on his phone whilst shining a Tesco Cree searchlight upon me, thus making me completely unable to see ANYTHING but a very bright light, whilst hearing the gurgling of the water over my rear mech. Or something.

I was delighted to attend the MEMWNS, especially as I don't entirely qualify due to:

(a) not living in Mid-Essex but in North-East Essex (there be dragons there!)
(b) using an internal combustion engine to travel 45 miles as part of the journey
(c) drinking tea all evening (plenty of it too!) and nothing alcoholic
(d) boring the pants off Mark (fortunately not literally) about wanting a pudding and when it finally arrived, jeering at it for its pöshness when all we cyclists want is stodge and lots of it...

Ahhhh, now I understand!  Mr O was sending me pictures of pots of tea and I was worried that something dreadful had happened to un-balanced his mind.

Don't worry about the factors you feel might disqualify you from our humble troupe.  We are a broad church and will take all comers, after all Mr O himself is from THE NORTH  :o  so if that isn't a demonstration of our inclusiveness I don't know what is.

On the subject of Mr O, I must apologise.  Since meeting him earlier this year I have been well and truly led astray and it would appear he is having the same effect on you.  Being made to park in a ford simply isn't on and your patience and forbearance is admirable. 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 01, 2009, 09:20:56 am
Well of course I'm not from the North. That would be insupportable. I merely live in a fractionally more northward direction than The Hoop, Stock. I'm far prouder of the Easterly part of the previously-mentioned North-East Essex. East is cool. East means sea breezes, oysters, boats, container ships... and of course I'm from even MORE East than that, hailing from the Fatherland as I do.

East is good. North less so. So this drinkies series would obviously be far better as an East-Essex MWNS but one can't have everything...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on October 01, 2009, 09:04:05 pm
And the pubs are?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 01, 2009, 10:16:41 pm
...hostelries where one can get a nice drink, such as a cup of tea. I assumed you'd know this already though Del!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 02, 2009, 11:23:04 am
LOL!  ;D

I'm going to try and write up the list tonight, once I decipher my handwriting etc.  We decided to select about 9 I think from a combination of the original lists and suggested sites a=logn with a wildcard entry that came in on the night.

One excerpt from the minutes that I will mention now is that Oscar's Dad was unanimously elected as MEMWNS CDO (*).

cheers,
Mark

(*) Christmas Do Officer
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 02, 2009, 11:50:46 am

One excerpt from the minutes that I will mention now is that Oscar's Dad was unanimously elected as MEMWNS CDO (*).

cheers,
Mark

(*) Christmas Do Officer


I am humbled and consider myself unworthy of such High Office.  Some are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them (in this instance probably thrust upon me in a most unseemly manner  ;D )

I have a cunning plan that I shall be investigating this very weekend.  The plan has some shortcomings but I hope the positives will outweigh the negatives. 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 04, 2009, 08:35:16 am
And the pubs are?

...


drumroll

...
EDIT:-- I have moved the list of pubs and dates to its own "venues" thread (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=24967.0) to make it easier to find.  To avoid confusion in case the two lists get out of sync somehow, I've removed the list from this comment.

[EDIT: changed dates since Auntie Helen pointed out I had two 21st Octobers in there]

There were plenty more on the original longlist if we want to extend this out into December.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on October 04, 2009, 10:15:57 am
And the pubs are?
  • 21st Oct - Curry place - Dunmow

There were plenty more on the original longlist if we want to extend this out into December.

Lovely list  :thumbsup:

I'm guessing my text message reply entered the flat phone battery abyss ;)

It's the http://www.jalsaghar.co.uk/ (http://www.jalsaghar.co.uk/)

Purely in the interests of the future attendees, I last night tested the Jalsa Ghar and enjoyed a pint in the attached pub while waiting for the lovely take-away food to be prepared O:-)  The food was excellent and also enjoyed by Mrs Chief and the guests we had round :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 04, 2009, 10:47:23 am
  • 21st Oct - Curry place - Dunmow
  • 21st Oct - Swan - Little Totham
Is this date a 'choose your favourite of the two pubs' date then?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: FatBloke on October 04, 2009, 11:35:20 am
Some are born great, others have greatness thrust up them

 :o :o ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 04, 2009, 02:29:03 pm
  • 21st Oct - Curry place - Dunmow
  • 21st Oct - Swan - Little Totham
Is this date a 'choose your favourite of the two pubs' date then?

:)  oops - I'll edit a correction to the dates in ...

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 04, 2009, 02:44:46 pm
Smashing list!  I shall join in as soon as I can.  Well done Mr O and helpers  :thumbsup:

Research last night has ripped my Christmas do plan asunder - mores the pity.  Back to the drawing board!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on October 05, 2009, 08:19:58 am
I will make every effort to come. Wednesdays get a bit chocca. Compasses is only 2.5 miles from my place. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on October 05, 2009, 01:00:09 pm
And it's on my way home from work. What route will you be taking Mark?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 05, 2009, 01:03:46 pm
I'm up for this one, if Mark's willing to cycle at snail-speed from somewhere to the pub.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 05, 2009, 01:58:14 pm
With regrets (especially since I am very partial to the gravity served beer at the Compasses) I'm not going to be able to make it this Wednesday :( mrs_o has a night out arranged which means it's my turn to look after the little ones.

I'll be back on track the week after though :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 05, 2009, 02:06:12 pm
In that case I'm up for this one if anyone else can lead me to t'pub from somewhere I can park my car...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on October 05, 2009, 08:19:05 pm
   I think at last I can make it on a Wednesday evening!! BUT its the 21st Oct ride to the Queen Vic in Dunmow, which is about 1/2 mile up the road from home!! DOH ::-)! Is anybody starting from 10-20 miles away that I could ride out to and then back with to give some point, other than BEER, to the procedings??! ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 05, 2009, 08:26:07 pm
   I think at last I can make it on a Wednesday evening!! BUT its the 21st Oct ride to the Queen Vic in Dunmow, which is about 1/2 mile up the road from home!! DOH ::-)! Is anybody starting from 10-20 miles away that I could ride out to and then back with to give some point, other than BEER, to the procedings??! ;D

I'll almost certainly be riding over from the Witham direction - I'm sure we could work a meeting point out.  It would be nice to say hi again (we met once this summer on an audax - the Windmill Ride if I remember correctly - I also think I saw your bike at the Flora Beach Cafe one particular morning in July, but didn't see your good self anywhere near it :) ).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on October 05, 2009, 09:22:41 pm
   Thanks Mark, perhaps we could meet at a PUB :thumbsup: to save hanging around in a bus shelter, randonneur stylee! The Square and Compasses, Fuller street or the St Anne's Castle in Gt Leighs spring to mind, on a direct route from Witham. PM me nearer the time if you want.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on October 06, 2009, 12:26:03 pm
I'm out for tomorrow now, have alternative plans, but I may well stop at the Compasses for a pint after work anyway... ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 07, 2009, 09:48:47 am
Due to lack of travelling partner it seems unlikely I shall attend this evening.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 07, 2009, 09:52:48 am
Due to lack of travelling partner it seems unlikely I shall attend this evening.

Sorry about that  :'(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on October 07, 2009, 10:49:56 am
Don't think anyone's going now are they?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on October 07, 2009, 10:50:22 am
And as I chose to get the bus to work this morning, I won't be cycling past the nominated pub at all this evening - this really is a poor show!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on October 07, 2009, 10:51:25 am
Don't think anyone's going now are they?

I'm going to the Chelmer CC fashion show instead, you coming?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on October 07, 2009, 11:43:21 am
Might do, you know how that place depresses me though. What are the club bibshorts like?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on October 07, 2009, 12:00:16 pm
The design is good, the padding is not great (Impsport), so most folk wear some kind of shorts underneath.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on October 07, 2009, 09:20:55 pm
Don't think anyone's going now are they?

Mrs Nutty is away.  Nutty can go out boozing.  Nutty has forgotten that today is Wednesday.  Nutty has had a bad bad bad bad bad day at work.  Nutty finds this thread.


Bollox.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 07, 2009, 10:50:36 pm
  • 7th Oct - Compasses - Littley Green

Shame, it seems nobody could make that one.

However...

Quote
  • 14th Oct - Prince of Wales - Stow Maries
  • 21st Oct - Curry place (Queen Victoria) - Dunmow
  • 28th Oct - Swan - Little Totham

I will, barring emergencies (such as getting a job which precludes be getting back in time) be up for all three of the above.  On the 28th, we have my in-laws staying who may be up for babysitting duties, in which case mrs_o may well join us too.

I have, however, also noticed a problem with the (already once-corrected!) list I'd previously published... see below...

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...
  • 11th Nov - Queen Victoria - Great Dunmow
...

This is a repeat of the 21st Oct entry (which was my earlier correction that I edited in --- listed as "curry place" (aka Queen Victoria (aka the Jalsaghar as noted in chief's post)).

So:  does anybody think anywhere was unforgiveably missed from the original list?  I'll edit the original posted list (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=22529.msg438850#msg438850) to replace the 11th Nov if there's a good suggestion (unless consensus is that we should visit it twice  ;D).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 12, 2009, 10:18:16 am
Barring accidents, plagues of locusts and general unforeseen circumstance I will be riding out this Wednesday to the Prince of Wales.

However, I am not entirely sure what time I will be setting out as the M25 has to allow me to return home from Epsom and I will also have to to chuck some food down my throat.  Therefore, I may have to meet you there.  Hopefully you won't have drunk all the beer by the time I arrive.

Mr O - I assume you are going, let me know what time you are setting out and I will text you once I know when I am likely to be back in Witham.  I will try to ride down with you if I can but I don't want you waiting around for me.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 12, 2009, 10:31:25 am
Mr O - I assume you are going, let me know what time you are setting out and I will text you once I know when I am likely to be back in Witham.  I will try to ride down with you if I can but I don't want you waiting around for me.

I will indeed be riding there Wednesday night.

I'm pretty flexible as regards setting off time - I was originally planning to stick to the pattern and leave at 6:30, but am willing to shift that if there's the possibility of additional company.

The route via Hoe Mill Lock, via Woodham Walter, Woodham Mortimer and Cold Norton is only about 12.5 miles.  (That route is very similar to the Trice-friendly route we used to the Hoop a couple of weeks back).  I'm open to suggestions though.

Anybody else planning to ride from Witham?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 12, 2009, 10:35:00 am
I'm considering joining you for this. What time do you convene?

I'd come out by train and ride home. The 19.48 from Prittlewell gets into North Fambridge at 20.34.

The main stumbling block at this stage is the fact that I've got an annoying cold. The great advantages are that I have no work on a Thursday so could, in theory, spend all Wednesday night riding around rural Essex.

The guy who runs it is a Hull City supporter who used to work at the Crouch Vale brewery.

Edit: my route would take me past the Norton. I would not resist the temptation to give it a try.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 12, 2009, 10:46:39 am
Mr O - I assume you are going, let me know what time you are setting out and I will text you once I know when I am likely to be back in Witham.  I will try to ride down with you if I can but I don't want you waiting around for me.

I will indeed be riding there Wednesday night.

I'm pretty flexible as regards setting off time - I was originally planning to stick to the pattern and leave at 6:30, but am willing to shift that if there's the possibility of additional company.

The route via Hoe Mill Lock, via Woodham Walter, Woodham Mortimer and Cold Norton is only about 12.5 miles.  (That route is very similar to the Trice-friendly route we used to the Hoop a couple of weeks back).  I'm open to suggestions though.

Anybody else planning to ride from Witham?

OK Mark, I will text you late Wednesday afternoon once I have an idea of when I am likely to be ready to set off.  Are you still on mobile number ending 609?

I have already loaded a route into my Garmin that sounds similar to yours but I am happy to suck your wheel all the way there  :thumbsup:

One further possible complication, this will be Son of Oscar's first trip out with his new transmission.  A quick spin round the block has indicated that all seems to be well but I am packing a dustpan and brush in the Magic Bag TM to sweep up any bits that fall off.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 12, 2009, 02:03:15 pm
Well I'm thinking I'll probably come along too, if that doesn't slow you all down dreadfully. I assume, Mark, it's OK to do the procedure as before? A route for the Garmin would be appreciated.

I have an early meeting the following day (9am in Ipswich, yikes) so don't want to be toooooooooooooo late home. Which I suppose means I need to pedal faster really!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 12, 2009, 02:08:52 pm
If I do come along on Weds. I won't have eaten. I've just checked with the pub and they serve food until 9.30.

You may have the privilege of watching me eat a large pile of food.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 12, 2009, 04:24:32 pm
Well I'm thinking I'll probably come along too, if that doesn't slow you all down dreadfully. I assume, Mark, it's OK to do the procedure as before? A route for the Garmin would be appreciated.

I have an early meeting the following day (9am in Ipswich, yikes) so don't want to be toooooooooooooo late home. Which I suppose means I need to pedal faster really!

Don't worry, he's cycled with me a few times and is getting used to not going everywhere at 70mph.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 12, 2009, 04:45:26 pm
Yes but this month my moving average is 10.47 for the 405 miles I've done. Yikes!

I put it down to not eating enough chocolate/cakes and will attempt to rectify that ASAP.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 12, 2009, 04:55:27 pm
Yes but this month my moving average is 10.47 for the 405 miles I've done. Yikes!

I put it down to not eating enough chocolate/cakes and will attempt to rectify that ASAP.

Just had a brainwave.  I will get Mr O to carry the Magic Bag TM for me.  That'll slow him down a lot!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 12, 2009, 08:21:25 pm
Just had a brainwave.  I will get Mr O to carry the Magic BagLUGGAGE TM for me.  That'll slow him down a lot!

slow, slow, slow, slow, throw, *splash*, faster, faster, faster
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 12, 2009, 08:29:18 pm
Well I'm thinking I'll probably come along too, if that doesn't slow you all down dreadfully. I assume, Mark, it's OK to do the procedure as before? A route for the Garmin would be appreciated.

Yep - sounds good to me --- I can text you once I get the nod from OD as to his likely arrival time, assuming that it's early enough for you to modify your setting off time if necessary - alternatively, I can provide a cuppa here while we wait for him.

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I have an early meeting the following day (9am in Ipswich, yikes) so don't want to be toooooooooooooo late home. Which I suppose means I need to pedal faster really!

Just pick an appropriately long route and cycle through the night "direct" to Ipswich  ;).  Going via Newmarket or Bury St Edmunds should be about right.  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 12, 2009, 08:35:29 pm
Don't worry, he's cycled with me a few times and is getting used to not going everywhere at 70mph.

And I really don't want to see you cough up another lung (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg342568#msg342568) :).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 13, 2009, 07:26:33 am
Just had a brainwave.  I will get Mr O to carry the Magic BagLUGGAGE TM for me.  That'll slow him down a lot!

slow, slow, slow, slow, throw, *splash*, faster, faster, faster

Just as well the Magic Bag contains a CO2 canister and several inner tubes that can be fashioned into a flotation device.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 13, 2009, 12:10:17 pm
Mr O - I assume you are going, let me know what time you are setting out and I will text you once I know when I am likely to be back in Witham.  I will try to ride down with you if I can but I don't want you waiting around for me.

I will indeed be riding there Wednesday night.

I'm pretty flexible as regards setting off time - I was originally planning to stick to the pattern and leave at 6:30, but am willing to shift that if there's the possibility of additional company.

The route via Hoe Mill Lock, via Woodham Walter, Woodham Mortimer and Cold Norton is only about 12.5 miles.  (That route is very similar to the Trice-friendly route we used to the Hoop a couple of weeks back).  I'm open to suggestions though.

Anybody else planning to ride from Witham?

OK Mark, I will text you late Wednesday afternoon once I have an idea of when I am likely to be ready to set off.  Are you still on mobile number ending 609?

I certainly am.

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I have already loaded a route into my Garmin that sounds similar to yours but I am happy to suck your wheel all the way there  :thumbsup:

My intended route is here (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Stow-Maries) - there's a potential short cut lane via a road called "Haggs Hill" near the end.  I remember seeing that and considering photographing the road name sign last time I went past.  I've no idea what the surface etc. is like along there - it looks OK on the satellite, but that's a bit blurry.

Auntie Helen will recognise the first half/two thirds of this as it's identical to our hill-avoidance route to Stock.
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One further possible complication, this will be Son of Oscar's first trip out with his new transmission.  A quick spin round the block has indicated that all seems to be well but I am packing a dustpan and brush in the Magic Bag TM to sweep up any bits that fall off.

Unless the rack+LUGGAGE falls off first, that is.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 13, 2009, 07:23:52 pm
I think that I can be back in Witham and ready to ride by 1930hrs tomorrow. If that's too late for you chaps then please set off without me. If I am going to be later I will text Mr O and I will see you at the pub.

Mark - where do wanna meet? What about the BP garage / Somerfield by the A12 junction? 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 13, 2009, 08:11:13 pm
I think that I can be back in Witham and ready to ride by 1930hrs tomorrow. If that's too late for you chaps then please set off without me. If I am going to be later I will text Mr O and I will see you at the pub.

Mark - where do wanna meet? What about the BP garage / Somerfield by the A12 junction? 

I was going to set off from here (i.e. my place) ;-)  I'll PM you the address in a minute.

It's not a million miles from the garage you describe, and has the advantage of providing Auntie Helen with somewhere to park :)

Auntie Helen - is 7:30 set off OK for you?  At the pace we did the last run, we should be at the Prince of Wales by approx 8:45 in that case.  That sounds like it'll be close to wowbagger's arrival time too.

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 13, 2009, 08:14:03 pm
Yes, 7:30 works fine for me. I'll be able to bolt down some dinner before I venture out.

I felt a bit dodgy last night but recovered today a little. If I'm überseedy tomorrow evening I'll text you to warn you I'm not coming, but at the moment I'm feeling good. I'll have a busy working day tomorrow so could do with a jaunt to the pub for a nice cup of tea!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 13, 2009, 08:57:34 pm
I've not recovered any more quickly than I anticipated so I'm a doubtful at best. I may well send a text at some stage. I have established that food is served until 9.30.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 14, 2009, 02:31:51 pm
Definitely won't be there. However, Waitrose has some special offers on a whole range of very good beers at the moment, so I'll be there in spirit (or possibly something a little weaker).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 14, 2009, 03:20:22 pm
GWS wowbagger - hopefully Waitrose's finest medicinal ales will do the trick.

Any other takers for this trip?  If you're planning to ride from Witham and don't already know where I live, please let me know and I'll PM my location to you.

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 14, 2009, 03:25:27 pm
My intended route is here (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Stow-Maries) - there's a potential short cut lane via a road called "Haggs Hill" near the end. 

It looks like on the outbound journey, Haggs Hill is a nice downhill section, so I may take that option... Google maps, however, seems to believe that Haggs Hill is a one way street, going uphill only  ???, I don't recall any no entry signs when I last went past.

The shortcut (and the more recumbent-friendly return option along the original route) is here (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/358678).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on October 14, 2009, 03:42:25 pm
From memory Haggs Hill is one way.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 14, 2009, 04:28:03 pm
From memory Haggs Hill is one way.

Cheers nutty,

In that case, my detour is null and void.

Any chance of tempting you to the Prince of Wales tonight?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on October 14, 2009, 04:34:41 pm
Would love to come, but I'm not getting out of work till after 18:00 at the moment.  That's too late to cycle over there, and I'm not one to sit in the pub and not join in.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 14, 2009, 05:01:42 pm
Well my meeting tomorrow morning has been postponed so I can stay out to play with the boys a little longer.

However I have to detour to Braintree on the way to Witham this evening to pick up some stuff. I still plan to be with you at 7:30pm Mark but could quite possibly be earlier if I finish my Braintree detour more quickly than usual.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 15, 2009, 08:15:51 am
I got in at 1am this morning having had a most pleasant evening's cycling with Mark Oakden and Oscar's Dad.

After initially surprising Oscar's Dad at my snail-like pace, we soon settled into a nice cycling rhythm wending our way southwards along the back roads between Witham and South Woodham Ferrers. Conversations about sailing, bike fettling etc kept us occupied as Mark Oakden slowly began to freeze in the chill air (he was somewhat underdressed).

The pub was very nice indeed, one of those out-of-the-way places with its own charm. The lighted outside seating area was a good bike storage location and we could keep an eye on our trusty steeds through the window. They had six hand-pumped beers and Mark and OD started on them with alacrity. I had a cup of tea and a rather nice chocolate fudge cake, although had been sorely tempted by the lasagne that the couple on the next table had.

A second tea was consumed, then the kitchen unfortunately finished for the night so I was on water after that. As Oscar's Dad demonstrated the Magic BagTM in all its glory - and I produced a couple of bike parts from my Comprehensive Bike Repair Kit that were in fact missing from the Magic BagTM,  we all settled into some drinking and general chattage. The locals were pretty friendly too.

We left at ten to eleven so quite late and it was chillier. The Haggs Lane hill warmed us up fairly quickly and despite a rather squeaky noise from my chain the night was quiet and I heard several owls over the return journey. We detoured to Nounsley Ford again, which I trundled through as normal, then made our way back to Witham. A quick blast along the A12 for me and I was home in bed by 1pm. Bike is still in the car awaiting reassembling for this morning's outing.

It was very good fun and a lovely pub indeed which I will be happy to visit again.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 15, 2009, 09:02:19 am
It was a smashing evening as Helen so eloquently describes.  The return leg was particularly good as the traffic had all but vanished.  Makes you wonder why more people don't do it.

Yesterday was the second outing for my new Hope One front light.  It's effect on on-coming drivers is most gratifying as the light prompts a pronounced "What the fu*k???" effect.  This was made all the more pronounced by my very hi-vis jacket (I look like a traffic cone apparently), Helen's bent trike with it's hi-vis wobbling antenna and Mark's Hope One. 

Roll on next Wednesday!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 15, 2009, 09:42:21 am
Is next week's in Dunmow?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 15, 2009, 09:43:13 am
A very pleasant, if almost wintry, clear, starry autumn night's cycling.

Having checked the forecast which suggested a relatively brisk, but not too cold, minimum of 9C, I decided to don my legwarmers (first outing since last winter), and put my armwarmers in my jersey pocket for the return run.

Feeling the temperature on a quick walk to the garage and back to fetch the bike, I decided I should be fine in mitts.  This was a mistake.  By the three mile point, my fingers were already starting to feel it.  It became apparent that the temperature was more like 5C or 6C, and I really should've brought my full finger gloves.

Arrival at the pub was more than welcome for finger defrosting, and I wasn't disappointed - a very nice classic pub interior complete with a wood fire and 6 different hand-pull ales on offer greeted us ( ??? Rib, Bateman's Dark Mild, Over the Moon, Hurricane, Firefly Bitter and one other which I didn't spot which ran out shortly after we arrived).

(http://www.oakden.eclipse.co.uk/mark/bike/yacf/pics/pumps.jpg)

It still took a while before the feeling returned to my fingers, but the pain was soon forgotten in the chat and the beer appreciation.  They even had a jar of Mrs Semolina's Curiously Pickled Eggs.  Auntie Helen had foolishly filled up on chocolate fudge cake, and so didn't feel able to manage a pickled egg.  OD and I partook, of course.

For the return journey, OD's Magic BagTHE LUGGAGETM came to the rescue with a spare pair of long finger gloves to go over my mitts, which made for a much more pleasant ride home. 

I can thoroughly recommend the Prince of Wales - fantastic pub.

(PS - the collection of old signage that decorates the pub also extends into the gents :-

(http://www.oakden.eclipse.co.uk/mark/bike/yacf/pics/loo.jpg)

 ;D)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 15, 2009, 09:45:42 am
Is next week's in Dunmow?

It certainly is.  I think I'll break out a copy of the venue list into a separate thread so it's easier to find without trawling through the whole of this thread... I'll edit this reply once I've done that ... one moment...

... done - there is now a separate venues 7/10/2009 -- 9/12/2009 (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=24967.0) thread.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 15, 2009, 09:48:52 am
Is next week's in Dunmow?

It certainly is.  I think I'll break out a copy of the venue list into a separate thread so it's easier to find without trawling through the whole of this thread... I'll edit this reply once I've done that ... one moment...

Are you thinking of taking the Flitch Way from Great Notley Country Park to Dunmow?  If so I might use my other bike.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 15, 2009, 09:54:47 am
This is tempting: again, the earliest train I can get is the 7.48 from Prittlewell which would get me to Braintree for 8.53. What's your personal cycle route like, OD? Suitable for use after dark? I have upgraded Solidlights, Hope Vision 1 and Cateye at the front.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 15, 2009, 10:01:56 am
Is next week's in Dunmow?

It certainly is.  I think I'll break out a copy of the venue list into a separate thread so it's easier to find without trawling through the whole of this thread... I'll edit this reply once I've done that ... one moment...

Are you thinking of taking the Flitch Way from Great Notley Country Park to Dunmow?  If so I might use my other bike.

I was toying with the idea.  It depends on the consensus here.  There will be a preliminary stop in either the Square and Compasses or Queen Annes Castle in order to rendezvous with Tomsk (and possibly chief, if he can make it), but we could go on to the Flitch Way from Gt Notley if everyone has Sustrans-path-capable tyres.  Otherwise, I'm happy to take a route along the lanes instead.  It would be a bit of a hoot to do the Flitch way at night, I think.  (The Flitch way surface isn't too bad, but I don't think I'd do it on 23c slicks).

So far, I think, we have:-

Yes: mark_oakden, Oscar's dad, Tomsk
Possibly: Auntie Helen, wowbagger, chief
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 15, 2009, 10:06:16 am
This is tempting: again, the earliest train I can get is the 7.48 from Prittlewell which would get me to Braintree for 8.53. What's your personal cycle route like, OD? Suitable for use after dark? I have upgraded Solidlights, Hope Vision 1 and Cateye at the front.

Assuming that Mark is thinking of using the Flitch Way, you getting the train to Braintree would be perfect as the Flitch Way starts from the station car park.  It takes under an hour to ride from Braintree to Dunmow.  The surface would be fine for your Thorn and your lights could cope easily.  Exit off the FW to Dunmow involves walking along a plank over a shallow ditch (we are trying to get Essex County Council to sort this) so a bit of care is needed.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on October 15, 2009, 11:10:01 am
I'm good for Dunmow. Meet in or near Braintree?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 15, 2009, 11:53:28 am
 Look what I've just found. (http://www.mrssemolina.co.uk/)  The woman is a goddess but I am slightly disappointed to learn she is called Sarah Drew in real life. 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 15, 2009, 03:09:21 pm
If I do this:

(a) can I do the Flitch way on my trike?
(b) will someone help me walk the plank holding the trike?
(c) am I better off starting at Braintree rather than Witham?

That is all.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 15, 2009, 03:23:46 pm
If I do this:

(a) can I do the Flitch way on my trike?

The surface is, in general, very similar to the cycle path you used to bypass Sudbury on the Suffolk Soujourn.  From memory, there is one (downhill) section which is a bit more rough/rutted than that.

The only thing I'm not sure about, is the width of the route.  There are some sections on the latter part that are much narrower than the main  (e.g. near to the crossing of the Road nr Little Dunmow).  I think they should be passable on the Trice, but I don't know for sure.  Also, before the temporary plank bridge, ISTR that there is a foot bridge to cross, which I don't remember the width of.

OD - do you have any recent experience of the Flitch way?

I will try and get out there for a recce, sometime before Wednesday with a particular eye on the width.

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(b) will someone help me walk the plank holding the trike?

If we do go that way then I'll certainly lend a hand.

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(c) am I better off starting at Braintree rather than Witham?

That is all.

Probably, unless we don't go via the Flitch Way.

I'll bow to our tame Sustrans ranger's opinion on that :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 15, 2009, 03:32:40 pm
If I do this:

(a) can I do the Flitch way on my trike?
(b) will someone help me walk the plank holding the trike?
(c) am I better off starting at Braintree rather than Witham?

That is all.

Answers:
(a) Yes!  The surface is fine and it is wide enough.  There are a few crushes to prevent horses and motorbikes using the FW but we can easily manhandle your trike over / round them (but not whilst you're still on board)
(b) No problem.  It will add to the fun
(c) Possibly.  You can park in the station car park.  It will depend on Mr O's route which has also got to incorporate picking people up from the S&C / St Anne's Castle.  I don't know whether we could axe this part of the plan and arrange to meet else where???

Using the FW would be a giggle.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on October 15, 2009, 03:50:02 pm
How about meeting at the old Rayne station? There's parking there for Helen, and Mark could approach from the South after passing through Great Leighs / Littley Green. We can then all jolly down the Flitch Way from there.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 15, 2009, 04:00:56 pm
How about meeting at the old Rayne station? There's parking there for Helen, and Mark could approach from the South after passing through Great Leighs / Littley Green. We can then all jolly down the Flitch Way from there.

Snot a bad idea  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on October 15, 2009, 04:07:00 pm
http://silverendcommunity.co.uk/Documents/FlitchWayLeaflet.pdf
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 15, 2009, 06:33:05 pm
Sounds cool, a curry appeals, and a curry via a bacon-flapping route is even more interesting.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 18, 2009, 10:26:35 am
Regarding this Wednesday's ride.  I have been having a look at the map and if the Queen Victoria /Jalsa Ghar is where I think it is in Great Dunmow NCN Route 16 goes right past it.  We should be able to follow the NCN signs off the Flitch Way.  This assumes no idiot has removed them, as I helped put them up I hopefully remember where to go.

PLEASE NOTE: when we get to the Dunmow end of the Flitch Way the only way off the FW and onto the road is to walk across a wobbly plank that spans a shallow ditch.  Yes the NCN Rangers are aware of this less than ideal piece of civil engineering and yes we are trying to get Essex County Council to sort it out.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 19, 2009, 10:00:07 pm
Anybody got any thoughts on the meeting time at Rayne?  I'm flexible at the moment.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 19, 2009, 10:50:34 pm
The pub should be here (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=562236&Y=221954&A=Y&Z=115) according to its post code but from memory it's on the south side of Stortford Road.

The weather forecast for Wednesday makes my appearance an improbability.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 19, 2009, 11:16:21 pm
The pub should be here (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=562236&Y=221954&A=Y&Z=115) according to its post code but from memory it's on the south side of Stortford Road.

I placed it on the south side, and a bit to the west of that in the map of all the venues here (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=103493605790880807618.000475f5e6958b193543d&z=10) based on the postcode, the picture of the pub from their website and perusing the Google satellite view for a building of approximately the right shape.

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The weather forecast for Wednesday makes my appearance an improbability.

I notice it's improved a bit tonight as compared to yester-eve -- it's gone from "Heavy Rain" to "Light Rain"  :-\  Fingers are crossed for a further improvement.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 20, 2009, 08:00:09 am
I've been nursing a cold for a week and if the weather is bad and the cold is still lingering I may give it a miss, due to not wanting to make myself worse. I'll let you know tomorrow.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 20, 2009, 08:20:51 am
Rain you say?  Smashing.  Not wanting to peak too early I am hoping inclement weather does not tempt me to wear my new winter hat tomorrow evening.  Since I was likened to a traffic cone last week I am happy to relate that I am continuing the fashion inspired by the Highways Agency theme.  If you can see it beside the M11 I'll wear it - but I draw the line at dead badgers.

Regarding timings, if we leave Witham at 1830 hrs we should be at Rayne by 1930 at the latest even allowing for the collection of chums en route.  I would think our ETA in Dunmow would be about 2030hrs.

I take it we will be eating curry  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 20, 2009, 05:02:12 pm
Rain you say?  Smashing.  Not wanting to peak too early I am hoping inclement weather does not tempt me to wear my new winter hat tomorrow evening.  Since I was likened to a traffic cone last week I am happy to relate that I am continuing the fashion inspired by the Highways Agency theme.  If you can see it beside the M11 I'll wear it - but I draw the line at dead badgers.

You have a speed camera hat?  That should have an even more striking effect on oncoming motorists than the Hope 1 does alone.

The weather forecast has gone downhill into heavy rain again.  I will have to refit the rear mudguard on my Flitch Way-friendly bike.

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Regarding timings, if we leave Witham at 1830 hrs we should be at Rayne by 1930 at the latest even allowing for the collection of chums en route.  I would think our ETA in Dunmow would be about 2030hrs.

Timing (and Tomsk ;)) dependent,  i was wondering about fitting in a swift pint at either the S&C or the Queen Anne's Castle en-route to Rayne.

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I take it we will be eating curry  :thumbsup:

I, for one, will be definitely eating curry.  After all of chief's recommendations for the food at this place I am itching to eat there.

I wonder if we should try to book a table ...

So far we have:-


So that would be 4 people at 8:30, with possibility of up to two more at that time, and one additional a bit later if the weather changes its mind :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 20, 2009, 05:08:27 pm
Alas I don't have a speed camera hat although it could be illuminated. 

A swifty at a pub along the way might be a good idea.  We can go thru Notley Green and past The Cricketers so that's an option too.

Booking a table might be a good idea.

I'm looking forward to it.  Trying to work out whether I should go for full waterproof trousers or 3/4 lengths and Rain Legs.  Might go for the latter and reserve the full wet weather gear for when it gets properly cold and wet.  Definitely going for the kinky rubber boots though.

Where shall we meet up?  Come round here if you want.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 20, 2009, 05:10:14 pm
I take it they operate normal curry house times - food & beer served until midnight?

The weather forecast is still crap, but if it's not raining when I leave the chess club at 7.30 I could be there. Texts will be sent either way.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 20, 2009, 05:11:37 pm
I take it they operate normal curry house times - food & beer served until midnight?

The weather forecast is still crap, but if it's not raining when I leave the chess club at 7.30 I could be there. Texts will be sent either way.

I hope you can make it.  It won't be as wet as the Blue Moon Ride!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 20, 2009, 05:35:57 pm
I'm slightly more likely than 'doubtful' now, feeling a bit more like it and feeling MOST undermiled this week (done only 23 miles since Saturday, argh! I'll never keep on track doing that...)

If it's completely tipping down with rain I am less likely but we shall see. At the moment I'm 50/50. The draw of a good curry is significant.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on October 20, 2009, 08:36:26 pm
Evening all,

I've called the Jalsa Ghar and reserved a table for 6 at 20:45.  The table is away from the entrance door so we won't get a chill every time a customer walks through :)  If we aren't 6 I'm sure they will understand particularly if we have a good excuse for any missing rider - went the wrong way down the disused railway line etc.

I'll be doing my best to utilise layers and will bring a little towel so I'm not sitting there covered in mud.

They said we can bring the bikes through to the back garden or lock them up at the front.

It will be a slow ride for me as I'll be on the MTB tomorrow night and will probably cycle straight to the Rayne station from Howe Street.  I'll then meet Oaky and whoever else from there.

edit to add:  I'm based in Howe Street near Great Waltham if anyone wants to park at mine and ride up you'll all more than welcome.

Chief
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 20, 2009, 10:29:07 pm

A swifty at a pub along the way might be a good idea.  We can go thru Notley Green and past The Cricketers so that's an option too.

[...]

Where shall we meet up?  Come round here if you want.

I'll come round to your garage door as usual for 6:30.

I was planning to use this route fragment (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=51.826336,0.505714+to:School+Rd&geocode=FWqkFgMdqCIIAA%3B%3BFYSEFwMdIrgHAA&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=13&via=1&sll=51.834717,0.534554&sspn=0.04296,0.109005&ie=UTF8&z=13) as part of the outbound which conveniently takes us past both the S&C and Queen Anne's, in case Tomsk can pick us up there (although he may head straight to Rayne and see us there).  I suspect this bears off towards Willows green too early for the cricketer's, if that's where think it is...  I'm open to suggestions though - happy to follow you to Rayne.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 07:50:08 am

A swifty at a pub along the way might be a good idea.  We can go thru Notley Green and past The Cricketers so that's an option too.

[...]

Where shall we meet up?  Come round here if you want.

I'll come round to your garage door as usual for 6:30.

I was planning to use this route fragment (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=51.826336,0.505714+to:School+Rd&geocode=FWqkFgMdqCIIAA%3B%3BFYSEFwMdIrgHAA&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=13&via=1&sll=51.834717,0.534554&sspn=0.04296,0.109005&ie=UTF8&z=13) as part of the outbound which conveniently takes us past both the S&C and Queen Anne's, in case Tomsk can pick us up there (although he may head straight to Rayne and see us there).  I suspect this bears off towards Willows green too early for the cricketer's, if that's where think it is...  I'm open to suggestions though - happy to follow you to Rayne.

6:30 by the garage door is fine.  

Your route is good though we could carry on up the road that runs alongside the A131 past the Green Dragon then into Notley Green, say "Hello" to Mrs Hedges and get onto the FW via Great Notley Country Park and Fairyhall Lane.  It's a bit more off-roady so might add to the general theme and merriment.  It might sound like I know where I'm going but probably don't so we'll get lost - naturally!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on October 21, 2009, 09:22:27 am
Latest forecasts shows cloud but no rain for this evening  :thumbsup:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/4269 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/4269)
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ee/chelmsford_forecast_weather.html (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ee/chelmsford_forecast_weather.html)

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 09:25:43 am
Latest forecasts shows cloud but no rain for this evening  :thumbsup:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/4269 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/4269)
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ee/chelmsford_forecast_weather.html (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ee/chelmsford_forecast_weather.html)



Metcheck is still indicating rain which is fine by me as I have been looking forward to a slippy drippy hoon along the Flitch Way  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on October 21, 2009, 09:31:07 am
I've cycled into work despite the rain and now the outlook for the rest of the day and evening has improved on yesterdays forecast. :thumbsup: I don't really want to hang about at work until after 7pm just to meet folk at the old Rayne station, so I'll probably head home at the usual time and come back out again later. Perhaps a meet at the S&C would be convenient? I almost certainly won't be eating curry, I'll probably have a couple of beers and then make a beeline for Chelmsford - would rather not be out too late, I need my Zzzz's. ::-)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 09:37:01 am
I've cycled into work despite the rain and now the outlook for the rest of the day and evening has improved on yesterdays forecast. :thumbsup: I don't really want to hang about at work until after 7pm just to meet folk at the old Rayne station, so I'll probably head home at the usual time and come back out again later. Perhaps a meet at the S&C would be convenient? I almost certainly won't be eating curry, I'll probably have a couple of beers and then make a beeline for Chelmsford - would rather not be out too late, I need my Zzzz's. ::-)

I don't know what Mr O has arranged reegarding meeting up with others en route but if we leave my garage door at 6:30 we should be at the S&C by about 7pm.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 21, 2009, 09:47:04 am
Is it still meeting at 7:30pm at Rayne station for those joining at that point?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 21, 2009, 11:25:01 am
Is it still meeting at 7:30pm at Rayne station for those joining at that point?

Yes - that's the plan.  The itinerary/stops/timings  look like this:-

1830 Witham contingent rendezvous behind the bike shedsOD's garage.
1900 arrive/leave - Square and Compasses Fuller St (*)
1930 all meet up at RainRayne station to plodge along the Flitch Way
2015ish BEER (or TEA)
2045ish CURRY

(*) I intend to give it a bit of welly on the OD's garage to S&C leg, to try and get there in time for a sneaky pint of Stoker's Ale to set me up for the rest of the journey.  If anyone following is the route in future could you look out for any of OD's lungs which may get coughed up en-route and keep them safe for him.

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 11:28:32 am
^^^ You're a funny man  :-*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 21, 2009, 12:15:15 pm
[...] get onto the FW via Great Notley Country Park and Fairyhall Lane.

hmm... I may, in that case, spend the afternoon breaking tyre levers and swearing profuselyfitting my Marathon+ tyres to the Spesh Globe City.

Quote
It's a bit more off-roady so might add to the general theme and merriment.  It might sound like I know where I'm going but probably don't so we'll get lost - naturally!

Merriment is good.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 12:21:42 pm
I think we're going to get very wet  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 21, 2009, 01:39:53 pm
hmm... I may, in that case, spend the afternoon breaking tyre levers and swearing profuselyfitting my Marathon+ tyres to the Spesh Globe City.

Actually, I won't be doing this - I went to remove the rear wheel on the Globe to refit the mudguard and think about the M+s, only to find that it had gone a long way out of true.  A quick check revealed no broken spokes, so I started looking for the loose ones to start truing it and noticed that the rim has cracked in a number of places.  :o

Basically,  there are a number of cracks near the spoke holes where the drive-side spokes connect.  The rim is toast.

(http://www.oakden.eclipse.co.uk/mark/bike/yacf/pics/rim1.jpg)
(http://www.oakden.eclipse.co.uk/mark/bike/yacf/pics/rim2.jpg)

Tonight, therefore, I will either be borrowing mrs_o's bike, or negotiating the Flitch Way (and any other off-road shenanigans that OD has on his agenda) on 700x25c slicks  :-\

Since it's drive-side, I'm going to assume that I put down awesome, wheel-threatening amounts of power.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 01:58:48 pm
I would go for Mrs O's bike.  I can't get a film crew in time to record you trying to do the Flitch Way on slicks!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 21, 2009, 02:03:43 pm
I'm peeved, just got back from Uni (and a drenching on the way home) to have a lukewarm shower and discover the boiler has tripped out somehow. Uncle James knows how to reset it - but he's not answering his phone! I shall retire to bed (electric underblanket) and hope to warm up soon.

I am still thinking about coming tonight. How rough is the Flitch Trail? I get pretty muddy down at ground level on my trike...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 02:05:00 pm
I'm peeved, just got back from Uni (and a drenching on the way home) to have a lukewarm shower and discover the boiler has tripped out somehow. Uncle James knows how to reset it - but he's not answering his phone! I shall retire to bed (electric underblanket) and hope to warm up soon.

I am still thinking about coming tonight. How rough is the Flitch Trail? I get pretty muddy down at ground level on my trike...

It's not that bad at all - you'll be fine   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 21, 2009, 02:39:19 pm
I am still thinking about coming tonight. How rough is the Flitch Trail? I get pretty muddy down at ground level on my trike...

It's basically hard-packed fine gravel, very similar to the cycle path section of your Suffolk Soujourn route round Sudbury.  You should be fine.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 21, 2009, 02:41:20 pm
My attendance is looking less and less likely, what with all this weather an' all.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 02:45:04 pm
My attendance is looking less and less likely, what with all this weather an' all.

It's sunny up this end  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 21, 2009, 03:47:42 pm
I have a new Personal Transferable Skill, that of resetting our boiler.

Hopefully I shall warm up shortly and then perhaps put the trike in the car ready for a voyage to Rayne.

I hope no-one minds if I appear Altura Night Vision from head to foot. One gets a very wet lap on a recumbent in the rain.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 21, 2009, 03:51:13 pm
[...]
I hope no-one minds if I appear Altura Night Vision from head to foot. One gets a very wet lap on a recumbent in the rain.

When you've cycling alongside someone dressed as a traffic cone, "Night Vision from head to foot" will look staid and formal by comparison.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 03:51:59 pm

I hope no-one minds if I appear Altura Night Vision from head to foot. One gets a very wet lap on a recumbent in the rain.

Oooooooo kinky!  I shall be wearing my little rubber booties and waterproof apron (Rain Legs).  I wonder if Dunmow is prepared for what is about to hit them this evening!

I wasn't going to wear my traffic cone outfit as my waterproof top is reflective enough.  However, I might re-consider if we're going to play "Who can be the most reflective"  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 21, 2009, 04:07:15 pm
Ah, but my trike has the Reflective Skirt of course. I bet your bike doesn't have a skirt!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 04:08:00 pm
[...]
I hope no-one minds if I appear Altura Night Vision from head to foot. One gets a very wet lap on a recumbent in the rain.

When you've cycling alongside someone dressed as a traffic cone, "Night Vision from head to foot" will look staid and formal by comparison.

At least I won't be riding a girl's bike  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 04:08:57 pm
Ah, but my trike has the Reflective Skirt of course. I bet your bike doesn't have a skirt!

I'm working on it!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 21, 2009, 04:10:37 pm
[...]
I hope no-one minds if I appear Altura Night Vision from head to foot. One gets a very wet lap on a recumbent in the rain.

When you've cycling alongside someone dressed as a traffic cone, "Night Vision from head to foot" will look staid and formal by comparison.

At least I won't be riding a girl's bike  :P
That's a dangerous angle to take, that is, as the lovely Uncle James has gone one of them trike thingies too... And he's a manly chap ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 04:20:15 pm
I was referring to Mr O who will be astride Mrs O's machine.  I do hope he has asked her nicely!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 21, 2009, 05:00:49 pm
OK, next question. M_O and O_D, are you coming up the Flitch Trail from Braintree direction? I'm wondering if I'm early, perhaps I should make my way towards you all to keep from just sitting around in the rain.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 05:06:22 pm
OK, next question. M_O and O_D, are you coming up the Flitch Trail from Braintree direction? I'm wondering if I'm early, perhaps I should make my way towards you all to keep from just sitting around in the rain.

Yes we shall but we won't have got onto the FW at Braintree.  We will be entering via Fairy Hall Lane which isn't far from Rayne.  The exit from FW onto Fairyhall Lane is hard to spot, basically it is a gap in a hedge.  I think you'll be better off waiting at Rayne as we could easily miss each other even if you're head-to-toe Night Vision and I'm dressed as a traffic cone.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 21, 2009, 05:10:28 pm
I was referring to Mr O who will be astride Mrs O's machine.  I do hope he has asked her nicely!

Heads for NSFW. :D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 05:21:02 pm
I was referring to Mr O who will be astride Mrs O's machine.  I do hope he has asked her nicely!

Heads for NSFW. :D

I'm amazed it's taken so long!

By the way, it's still sunny up here  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 21, 2009, 05:27:02 pm
I was referring to Mr O who will be astride Mrs O's machine.  I do hope he has asked her nicely!

Heads for NSFW. :D

I'm amazed it's taken so long!

By the way, it's still sunny up here  ;D

Rearrange this well known phrase or saying:

GIT LYING. :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 05:30:18 pm
Honestly, it's well sunny here.  Just nipped out and photographed The Current Mrs R sunbathing on the decking ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/1stcyclecampingtrip2.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Regulator on October 21, 2009, 05:33:27 pm
Honestly, it's well sunny here.  Just nipped out and photographed The Current Mrs R sunbathing on the decking ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/1stcyclecampingtrip2.jpg)


Bottom right, dear boy....  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2009, 05:35:05 pm
 ;D

A mere detail!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 21, 2009, 05:35:55 pm
OK, I'll see you at Rayne. I'll be the lady on the recumbent trike with a searchlight attached to her cycle helmet (new bit of rubber-band bodging to make a mount for the Tesco Cree).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Regulator on October 21, 2009, 05:36:54 pm
OK, I'll see you at Rayne. I'll be the lady on the recumbent trike with a searchlight attached to her cycle helmet (new bit of rubber-band bodging to make a mount for the Tesco Cree).


Are you sure you shouldn't carry something to identify yourself?  A copy of the Guardian or a red rose pinned to your lapel...   


;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on October 21, 2009, 05:56:35 pm
Slight change of plan for me as I'm working later than expected. I'll meet whoever at the S&C on my way home from work, but I won't be doubling back to Rayne and onwards down the FW after that I'm afraid, got too much to do - walls to build*.

*Have any of you seen the Ollie Reed documentary where he's got this massive country house and some builders round, but he keeps taking the builders down the pub so nothing gets done, then later in a sober interlude he berates the builders for not getting anything done? He says to them something like - come on, we've got fucking walls to build! I think it's a perfect catch-all phrase for when you've got stuff to do. ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 22, 2009, 02:08:03 am
Well,  I got back about  an hour ago, and I still have a big beaming grin over my face.

That was so much fun --- alternately blasting and pootling along the Flitch way in the dead of night, in the rain (albeit a bit light for OD who'd worn his rain-kilt and rubber fetish wear especially).

But, I get ahead of myself... as I already mentioned upthread, I was without my first choice bike for this trip.

It seems that some unearthly power was trying to prevent me from taking part tonight: when I started wheeling mrs_o's bike out of the garage, sometime after 5:30, I noticed the rear brake rubbing badly.  A quick check of the wheel revealed it to be just as out of true as mine had been earlier.    ??? >:(

Fearing some attack of the dreaded rim-rot spreading through the stable, I quickly checked the condition of the hoop and gladly, it was fine.  What wasn't fine however was the broken spoke :(.

I considered taking the road bike, but decided in the end to try and fix mrs_o's bike in time to take that.

Luckily I still had chief's bench vise borrowed from the last time I had to remove the freewheel on mrs_o's bike, and i had as many donor spokes as I could ask for on my recently deceased rear wheel (once I got the cassette off there), and so in the nick of time (I was just finishing up truing the wheel and putting the tyre back on at about 10 past 6) I was able to get changed, pack some essentials into a pannier and head off to OD's place, probably about 5 mins late.

We rushed off to the S&C, arriving back on the nominal schedule at 1900, and installed ourselves in the bar with a pint of stoker's to wait for Tokamak.  Unfortunately the "doughnut" was in the wrong Compasses (although he did meet chief there, who gallantly had a pint to keep him company ;)).

We made it to Rayne via Great Notley country park, just a few minutes late, and met up with Auntie Helen, Tomsk and chief.

A couple of annoying "motorbike barriers" later and we were off down the Flitch Way.

For those that don't know it, the Flitch Way is a former railway line, converted to a cycle path, of the sustrans hard-packed fine ravel type.  From Rayne to Dunmow, by and large the FW is slightly downhill, so the outbound leg included large stretches of hooning along at 16/17 mph, ostensibly off-road, with trees either side, suicide bunnies darting across and light rain falling in the glare of our LEDs.  I had the biggest grin imaginable during this bit.

We negotiated the plank (although the concrete footbridge before it was more of an obstacle, requiring all our powers of innuendo and smuttiness to get across "It's OK - I've got hold of your rack"), left the Flitch Way and started the on-road uphill drag to Dunmow.  OD took u on some secret sustrans route through some folks' ack gardens, and we arrived at the curry house.

chief hopped inside and got a nice chap fro the restaurant to open the back gate so we could park inside, and we headed in to get to dinner.

The food was superb.  The Doom Bar with which I washed it down was also excellent.

Tomsk, being near home, peeled off here, and the rest of us made our way back to the FW.  The ride back was equally fun, if a little slower since slightly uphill.

A really, really enjoyable night's riding.  The bizarreness of being (nominally, but at times not so nominally) off-road, in such quiet surroundings, in the dark, riding for such a long distance in a perfectly straight line was both incredibly fun and slightly surreal.

stats:- 39.75 miles at 11.3 mph
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 22, 2009, 08:54:42 am
You're right, that was great fun!

The lack of rain was a disappointment, it had lobbed it down all day and I like riding in the rain; then the sun comes out (told you so Wow!).  However, on the return journey the wind picked up and the window panes are still getting rattled this morning - must be the cheesy peas.

It was great to meet chief and Tomsk for the first time and Jordon (aka Katie Price) too!  It's truly amazing who you bump into on the Flitch Way.

I have just checked the diary and it looks like I shall miss the trip to the Blue Boar in Maldon as I shall be in Leeds  >:(  Therefore I won't have the opportunity to fondle Jordon's Auntie Helen's rack as we help get her trike over various obstacles on the Blackwater Rail Trail.  Damn shame.

37.48 miles for me at an average of 11.6mph.  But more importantly a thoroughly good time - thanks all  :thumbsup:

PS - just noticed I was faster than Mr O.  That's never happened before!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on October 22, 2009, 10:09:21 am
We rushed off to the S&C, arriving back on the nominal schedule at 1900, and installed ourselves in the bar with a pint of stoker's to wait for Tokamak.  Unfortunately the "doughnut" was in the wrong Compasses (although he did meet chief there, who gallantly had a pint to keep him company ;)).

Ahem, yes, well... you see all week I'd been thinking of the Compasses in Littley Green and just had in my head that is was on your chosen route to Rayne, obviously I didn't bother to actually read the thread too thoroughly or anything like that! Anyway, they had Maldon Gold on tap - so I had two, and a home-pickled egg, pickled with mustard seeds, delicious! It was already dawning on me that I might have got the wrong pub before Chief arrived, he confirmed by doubts, had a quick pint himself and then took off for Rayne.

Glad you all had fun, maybe I'll make it for next week?!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 22, 2009, 10:27:06 am
We rushed off to the S&C, arriving back on the nominal schedule at 1900, and installed ourselves in the bar with a pint of stoker's to wait for Tokamak.  Unfortunately the "doughnut" was in the wrong Compasses (although he did meet chief there, who gallantly had a pint to keep him company ;)).

Ahem, yes, well... you see all week I'd been thinking of the Compasses in Littley Green and just had in my head that is was on your chosen route to Rayne, obviously I didn't bother to actually read the thread too thoroughly or anything like that! Anyway, they had Maldon Gold on tap - so I had two, and a home-pickled egg, pickled with mustard seeds, delicious! It was already dawning on me that I might have got the wrong pub before Chief arrived, he confirmed by doubts, had a quick pint himself and then took off for Rayne.

Glad you all had fun, maybe I'll make it for next week?!

You were missed.  We need to see more of that Bobb fellow as well.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 22, 2009, 10:50:31 am
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/SexySanta.jpg)

Anyone interested in the Christmas do should  CLICK HERE (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12973.405)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 22, 2009, 12:26:41 pm
In case the references to Jordan confuse y'all, it's because someone on CycleChat, on seeing this photo, said I look like Katie Price. I leave you all to decide whether I do or not.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3478/3733116850_6fc55bd35f.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 22, 2009, 12:52:46 pm
^^^ There is a vague resemblance.  It certainly beats people thinking I'm John Noakes, Rik Mayall or Gordon Brittas!  I'd take it as a compliment!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 22, 2009, 01:03:17 pm
Yeah, but she's hardly the sharpest tool in the box, is she. I still can't decide whether it's compliment or insult to my brainpower.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 22, 2009, 01:13:01 pm
Yeah, but she's hardly the sharpest tool in the box, is she. I still can't decide whether it's compliment or insult to my brainpower.

I don't think she is as daft as she is made out to be.  You can certainly question her morals, methods and ethics but I don't think she has an intelligence deficit.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on October 22, 2009, 01:16:02 pm
There is a resemblance, but to get the complete Jordan look you'd need to have 99% of your brain removed and flash your boobs at every opportunity in some crass nightclub!

Yes, I need to get myself out on more of these rides. It's just that Life Has Been A Bit Shit RecentlyTM and I haven't been out on the bike much. As my replacement for it has been beer and cigarettes, my fitness level has gone from low to Marianas Trench. I do intend to rectify this though.....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on October 22, 2009, 01:18:45 pm
Yeah, but she's hardly the sharpest tool in the box, is she. I still can't decide whether it's compliment or insult to my brainpower.
Wearing red fishnets and sitting on wow's lap won't help much. Let's see what comes up and go from there.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on October 22, 2009, 01:21:16 pm
Yeah, but she's hardly the sharpest tool in the box, is she. I still can't decide whether it's compliment or insult to my brainpower.

I don't think she is as daft as she is made out to be.  You can certainly question her morals, methods and ethics but I don't think she has an intelligence deficit.

Oh come off it!! Women who get their tits out a lot will always make money and it's not exactly brain taxing work. FHM readers and their ilk will always stump up some cash. As soon as she made loads of money doing that, she just got a bunch of managers in who run all "her business" projects.

The only person in the world more stupid than her is that twat of a husband (or is it ex-husband now (sorry I don't read Hello)) of hers....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 22, 2009, 01:22:12 pm
Yeah, but she's hardly the sharpest tool in the box, is she. I still can't decide whether it's compliment or insult to my brainpower.
Wearing red fishnets and sitting on wow's lap won't help much. Let's see what comes up and go from there.  :thumbsup:

Have you ever had a Trice wrapped round your head?   ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 22, 2009, 01:24:41 pm
Yeah, but she's hardly the sharpest tool in the box, is she. I still can't decide whether it's compliment or insult to my brainpower.

I don't think she is as daft as she is made out to be.  You can certainly question her morals, methods and ethics but I don't think she has an intelligence deficit.

Oh come off it!! Women who get their tits out a lot will always make money and it's not exactly brain taxing work. FHM readers and their ilk will always stump up some cash. As soon as she made loads of money doing that, she just got a bunch of managers in who run all "her business" projects.

The only person in the world more stupid than her is that twat of a husband (or is it ex-husband now (sorry I don't read Hello)) of hers....

You could be right, I'm only going on what I've seen of her on the telly (which isn't much).  Next time I bump into Katie on the Flitch Way I will conduct some sort of Mensa test.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 24, 2009, 10:39:28 pm
The next edition of the MEMWNS on Wednesday the 28th October (November) is a rare double-header:  starting with a visit to the Chequers at Goldhanger, followed by a 2.5 mile hop to The Swan at Little Totham.

For those attending who wish to ride from Witham, the outbound route will be a repeat of the Oscar's Dad lungbuster route, albeit at a more sedate pace this time.  Witham -> Chequers is ~16 miles, with a further 2.5 to the Swan then another 6 or so back to Witham.

The whole route is here at Bikely (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/MEMWNS).  Any gross errors in the cue sheet are down to my inability to tell my left from right 50% of the time.  You have been warned :)

Also, if you are following me home, I have an uncanny knack for missing the left turn onto Plains road at 19.3 miles.  That adds a bit to the distance :).  Again, YHBW.  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 24, 2009, 11:11:30 pm
Do you mean November?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 24, 2009, 11:23:43 pm
Do you mean November?

good spot - I meant "October" ... I'll correct it now - thanks wow.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 25, 2009, 01:57:40 pm
What time will we be leaving Witham? I will probably have another lady with me...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 26, 2009, 09:33:35 am
Regarding this Wednesday, I think me un The Current Mrs R will meet you at The Chequers as I have to go down the Poole and Portsmouth so may not be back by 6:30.  We will also have to eat before we set off. 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on October 26, 2009, 07:28:35 pm
    I'll ride out from Dunmow; if I'm running late I'll go directly to Lt Totham, otherwise see you at the Chequers in Goldhanger.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 27, 2009, 07:26:03 am
What time will we be leaving Witham? I will probably have another lady with me...

I was going to say 6:30, but since OD and Mrs OD aren't likely to be setting off until a bit later, we could always set off a bit later (say 7:15 ?).  mrs_o and I can then put the kids to bed before heading out.  It's probably about 1.5 hours to Goldhanger via the route about (at the usual MEMWNS pace).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 27, 2009, 07:52:04 am
7:15 chez vous sounds fine. I will have Deneice with me (who knows Tomsk).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 27, 2009, 08:10:32 am
We will defo see you there. 

The work agenda for tomorrow is some what fluid so Heaven only noses when we will set off.  Additionally The Current Mrs R's knee is playing up (she's off to the docs in a minute) so the direct 10 mile route to Goldhanger is probably a good idea - I want her in one piece for the WAGs EFNRttP.

Me iPhone is saying the weather won't be too bad.  No rain  >:(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on October 27, 2009, 08:40:25 am
7:15 chez vous sounds fine. I will have Deneice with me (who knows Tomsk).
Is that the same Deneice who did the Essex Lanes Audax in March 08?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 27, 2009, 08:48:24 am
I think so. I haven't met her yet but have spoken with her on the phone - she is winning the ladies' Audax at the moment, I believe. She's a chum of Tomsk's who happens to live in the next village to me.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 27, 2009, 06:34:22 pm
I want to do this ride but I've been snotting and coughing since Sunday - the second cold I've had in a fortnight after a long period without. It's looking unlikely.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 27, 2009, 07:31:20 pm
Deniece isn't now coming but I'm still planning to attend. I have an überbusy day tomorrow but hopefully will have time to do everything I need to so can escape to the pub...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 28, 2009, 05:24:12 pm
I really think I might be putting in an appearance.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on October 29, 2009, 01:05:08 am
An impressive turn out tonight.

The roster:  Auntie Helen, Mrs OD, mrs_o, wowbagger, OD, Tomsk and myself.

Cameo appearance by Shadow (OD's cannonball-chewing friend from the Swan).

AH, mrs_o and myself had a lovely, mild ride out from Witham.  So mild that mrs_o had to shed the nightvision jacket through overheating, but proceeded to want my armwarmers most of the the way to the pub ;)

At the chequers, mrs OD, OD, Tomsk and wowbagger were already in residence.  We arrived, got our drinks (tea, rose wine and, for myself, something from the extensive selection at the bar IIRC, there were 6 handpulls including Aussie IPA, Stonehenge Eye Opener, St Austell Tribute)

A few of those, a couple of large bowls of roast potatoes (provided by the house) and a pudding later we set off on the lengthy 2.5 miles to our second venue, The Swan at Little Totham.  Here there were, as usual, a huge number of ales on gravity, including a number of locally brewed ones (Oscar Wilde, Totham Parva, Puck's Folly and a number of other crouch vale and Maldon/ Farmers ales amongst others --- at least 8 or 10 choices plus a few real ciders on tap to boot.).

All told, I did about 27 miles.  The misty/foggy run back from the Swan was superb -- we parted into two groups near Braxted, with the Witham contingent heading back via Little Braxted, and wow and Tomsk heading off back to Southend and Dunmow respectively.

 (Oh, and it's small potatoes next to wow's recent milestone on the Thorn, but this ride takes my Felt past 3000 miles).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 29, 2009, 03:25:00 am
Back home soon after 3 a.m. 56.63 miles on the Mercian.

I wore civvies. My arse is a little tender but my wrists are worse.

The dog woke up to welcome me home. I'll finish my coffee and go to bed.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on October 29, 2009, 07:56:00 am
Sounds like a good one. I would have liked to come along but a. I didn't want to be too late home as I had to be up early this morning and b. I'm off teh boozahol at the moment and the temptation of all those ales would have been too much to resist!!

I can't make next week's ride as I have a wedding to attend the next day, but hopefully I'll make the one after....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 29, 2009, 08:37:08 am
I enjoyed that, although not my inability to go fast up hills. I also found my hastily-bolted dinner of 3 slices of toast with butter, three weetabix with sugar and some chocolate didn't sit too well for most of the evening.

Anyway I got home at 1:05 having driven through very misty roads to get home.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 29, 2009, 08:54:11 am
We had a great time too. 

For me there was an added bonus as I was on Tina the Tandem with Mrs R on the back - a rare treat!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on October 29, 2009, 11:15:14 am
I'll supply a little more detail after my hasty post at whatever silly time it was I got in.

It was a lovely ride over to Goldhanger, a village I've driven past many times on the main road, but don't ever remember diverting into. The moon was shining most of the way, and there were skeins of mist hanging over the fields.

The Chequers is a splendid pub and is clearly very popular with diners. I arrived a minute or so after Tomsk and entered the pub through a dining area filled with what may have been a thriving WI party.

"Oooh! Where did he come from?" said a voice.

"Oooh! Another one!" said another.

St. Austell Tribute was consumed and it was very good.

OD & Mrs. OD were already ensconced and a few minutes later Mark & Liz Oakden arrived with Auntie Helen. The landlord supplied some roast potatoes which needed eating so we obliged.

The Swan at Little Totham was another excellent pub in which about 8 different ales were gravity drawn. Brewer's  Gold was the first pint and afterwards I tried another local brew, supplied only to this pub apparently, and called Totham Parva. Also very good.

I wanted to avoid Maldon on the way home so I continued to head west with the rest for quite some distance until the Hatfield Peverel signs appeared. It was at one of these that Tomsk & I parted company and soon I was at Nutty's Slimed Bottom. I used the bridge: risking a fall into cold water at some time past midnight on a deserted country lane with fog settling all around did not seem to me to be an especially good plan. I was not 100% sure where I was, but I knew that I must be pretty close to familiar roads. Besides, I had twelve pots of honey calling to me through the mist and shortly I arrived at the end of Bumfords Lane and onto a road I knew well. Through Woodham Walter, past the Hurdlemakers Arms, Cock Clarks and onto the Flambirds Farm Track. The fog was so thick now that I had to take great care not to miss junctions, and once onto the track (all concreted, but with some impressive cracks in the older slabs) not to miss the turn part-way down. From there, it was plain sailing onto Edwins Hall Road and Workhouse Lane and towards South Woodham Ferrers. For the first time I used the new A132, which was all but deserted and has a much better surface than the old road.

By the time I reached Ashingdon my bum and wrists were objecting. I hadn't put on cycling gear so was unpadded, and was on the Mercian with its forward position. This was the longest ride I'd done on it for months. I still had nother 5 mies to do, but eventually arrived home as reported above.

A very good evening but I don't think I'm up for a 3 a.m. return every Thursday morning.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on October 29, 2009, 05:49:27 pm
     Not a lot to add to the comprehensive reports already posted. Heartened & cheered by the attentions of the WI ladies, perhaps a career as some sort of itinerant pedal powered 'entertainer' for the mature woman beckons?! A good night out- I really enjoy mid-week outings, unlike Mrs T who is firmly in work mode until Friday night-then its time to collapse and recover! I even managed to get up for a normal Thursday (as 'normal' as that can be with the kids around, due to 1/2 term!)
    Got in at 01:35 after a very misty ride back to Dunmow, with 53 miles covered. It felt fast, even allowing for the lack of visibility, but I was puzzled by avs of only 13.5mph; then noticed the 'puter was on manual even tho' set to auto??! Some sort of fog related glitch? ???-I must investigate further.
    Can't make next week, as its book club. Should be on for a fortnight's time. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: FatBloke on October 29, 2009, 06:15:51 pm
A very good evening but I don't think I'm up for a 3 a.m. return every Thursday morning.
Get a job!!  Bloody idle rich!!!   >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 29, 2009, 06:21:33 pm
Hey bobb, Jordon was in Chelmsford today signing books. Did you go along to meet her?  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: FatBloke on October 29, 2009, 06:22:52 pm
Hey bobb, Jordon was in Chelmsford today signing books. Did you go along to meet her?  ;D
She can write?   :o :o :o  Whose books was she signing?   ;) ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on October 29, 2009, 06:24:41 pm
Hey bobb, Jordon was in Chelmsford today signing books. Did you go along to meet her?  ;D
She can write?   :o :o :o  Whose books was she signing?   ;) ;D
Pink crayon in a big, taloned, fist.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 29, 2009, 06:30:58 pm
Check out BBC local TV news right now.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on October 29, 2009, 06:35:59 pm
Hey bobb, Jordon was in Chelmsford today signing books. Did you go along to meet her?  ;D

Again?!! She's always doing book signings here. I'm surprised she can write her own name, let alone a book...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 30, 2009, 11:28:14 am
One is bored, I have lots of work to do but very little enthusiasm. 

I have just been looking at next week's ride to The Wheatsheaf, Writtle.  I have spied out an amusing looking 15 mile route from Witham to Writtle passing thru Terling and over the top of Chelmsford.  I have tried to incorporate as many bridlepaths and tiny roads as possible.  I haven't found loads but hopefully enough to make life amusing (in the dark  ;D ).  Judging by what the OS Explorer is saying I should be OK on 700c x 23.  Anyone fancy getting lost with me?

I will bring a map along tonight for anyone keen to have a shufty.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 30, 2009, 11:32:56 am
I'm unlikely to be around for next week's ride as I think I need an early night!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 30, 2009, 11:34:30 am
I'm unlikely to be around for next week's ride as I think I need an early night!

 :'(  You'd like the route I've just found!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 30, 2009, 11:46:45 am
Why, all downhill?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 30, 2009, 11:49:59 am
Why, all downhill?

Absolutely!  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 30, 2009, 11:53:22 am
Well if it's completely downhill and trike-friendly and I can be tucked up in bed at home at Midnight I might consider it ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 30, 2009, 11:59:42 am
Well if it's completely downhill and trike-friendly and I can be tucked up in bed at home at Midnight I might consider it ;)

I can completely guarantee all the above!!!  You can even park your car outside my garage if you want. 

Actually, to be serious  :o it will be no bad thing to get back before Thursday.  Just means we don't stay in the pub until closing time.  I have reminded myself that this series of rides is more about cycling than drinking   ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on October 31, 2009, 03:39:25 pm
One is bored, I have lots of work to do but very little enthusiasm. 

I have just been looking at next week's ride to The Wheatsheaf, Writtle.  I have spied out an amusing looking 15 mile route from Witham to Writtle passing thru Terling and over the top of Chelmsford.  I have tried to incorporate as many bridlepaths and tiny roads as possible.  I haven't found loads but hopefully enough to make life amusing (in the dark  ;D ).  Judging by what the OS Explorer is saying I should be OK on 700c x 23.  Anyone fancy getting lost with me?

I will bring a map along tonight for anyone keen to have a shufty.

Afraid I couldn't make it to the last event due to family commitments but am looking forward to heading over this coming Wednesday. 

This route from St Anne’s Castle, Great Leigh’s to the pub takes in a bit of bridalway/off the beaten track bits if anything fits with what is planned:

http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=90416 (http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=90416)

The first section from Great Leigh's to Howe Street is my post Beer-with-Oaky shortcut though I did ride into someone's back garden before   :-X

There is a Ford in the middle of Bury Lane (with a chicken run) and a nice longish section of off road from the bottom of Humprey's Farm Lane to the north part of Woodhall Hill road.  Haven’t tried that section on 700x23c before though   ;)

It was quite a chuckle last time I rode from the bottom of Beach’s drive into Writtle on the whippet bike :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 01, 2009, 10:24:15 am
Chief, your route looks fun and incorporates bits of the route I was going to use.  Why don't we meet you at St Anne's Castle and we can follow you route.  The Witham contingent can follow my route home perhaps.  What time do you suggest meeting at St Anne's?

Is this OK with everyone else?

Oaky, let me know which bike you'll be using and I will match it.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on November 01, 2009, 04:24:15 pm
As long as the trains behave themselves I can get back from London and be at St Anne's Castle for 7pm - so what ever works for others.  If any of us are earlier/later then we can always have a Bombardier while waiting   :D

I'll do a test ride tomorrow night but based on how much rain there has been I'd suggest mud guards and fatter tyres might be in order for the bridalway bit.  I'll be on a shiney dawes vantage on Wednesday night enjoying a mud free back    :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 01, 2009, 09:11:01 pm
...the bridalway bit...
But I'm already married!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 01, 2009, 09:14:18 pm
...the bridalway bit...
But I'm already married!
Ball and chain then.   ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 02, 2009, 11:35:42 am
Oaky, let me know which bike you'll be using and I will match it.

Shocking as it may seem - I am going to miss this one - I failed to notice that mrs_o has prior dibs on going out on the 4th Nov.  :-\

I think that's the first one I've missed since the 7th October.  NOSTM ( "Normal Oaky Service") will be resumed on the 11th Nov though.  :D

Incidentally, I have added the Norton at Cold Norton into the 11th Nov slot, since despite OD's best efforts we failed to get barred from there on the recent ad-hoc Friday night visit thereto.

Quick linkies:-
The MEMWNS Venues Thread (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=24967.0)
Google map of MEMWNS venues (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=103493605790880807618.000475f5e6958b193543d&ll=51.76784,0.556183&spn=0.350143,0.85556&z=10)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on November 02, 2009, 11:45:20 am
Although I have to be up early on Thursday to go to a wedding, it would be extremely rude of me not to attend the Wheatsheaf on Wed. It's only 2 miles for me  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 02, 2009, 11:56:12 am
WARNING - UNCHARATESTIC POST ALERT!!!

I have a heavy day on Thursday so I want to be tucked up in bed by midnight!  Therefore, I am wanting a quick blast over to Writtle, no more than a couple of jars followed by a quick blast home.

Hope this doesn't cramp any one's style.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 02, 2009, 12:02:56 pm
It's about the ride not the beer!

I'm doubtful, as usual, but this time I am not being lazy. I am ill!  :o
Sore throat, I sound like Barry White or South Park Chef, a bit of chesty tightness/soreness, slight headache and nausea. Also producing large quantities of phlegm in earthy colour tones (but you might not want to know that).  :sick:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 02, 2009, 12:42:43 pm
WARNING - UNCHARATESTIC POST ALERT!!!

I have a heavy day on Thursday so I want to be tucked up in bed by midnight!  Therefore, I am wanting a quick blast over to Writtle, no more than a couple of jars followed by a quick blast home.

Hope this doesn't cramp any one's style.
Well I wasn't sure whether to come but I think I will now (as long as I don't slow you down too much). I, too, want an earlier night than usual as I can't take those late nights at my age...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 02, 2009, 01:15:49 pm
I have just spotted Mr O's bail out of this week's ride. So it looks like I will be leading the Witham peleton.

Given that we are meeting chief at St A's at 1900 hrs we could do with leaving my garage door at before the customary 1830. Auntie H if you're parking at my place can you make an earlier start?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 02, 2009, 01:21:32 pm
Yes I can make an earlier start. You'll need to PM me your address again (you did once but I've lost it).

Can you do a bikehike route for me? I want to see the elevation profile...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 02, 2009, 01:27:48 pm
Aha, you already PMed me your address. Quick thinking!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 02, 2009, 02:01:18 pm
Aha, you already PMed me your address. Quick thinking!

If OD's not waiting out back, I suggest switching on your helmet light, turning around on the spot and shouting "look at me - I'm a lighthouse" until he appears.  It's what I had planned to do prior to the Friday night ride, but OD prevented that by being good and ready before I got there.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on November 02, 2009, 09:18:37 pm
No need to rush over to St Anne's for 7pm if that is too early, its just the earliest that I can be there for.

Managed a reccy on the Dawes of 2/3 thirds of the off road stuff though I will save the full write until after Wednesday night :thumbsup:

Howe Street short cut should be ok, just have to watch out for the pot holes, centre line is 95% clear
Bridalways (sorry AH) were great fun
Lawford Lane to Writtle - didn't make it tonight but have completed it on skinny's before so shouldn't be a problem.

Nothing major width wise on the above :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on November 02, 2009, 09:52:00 pm
Most of Lawford lane is bypassed by a nice smooth tarmac cycle path. Unless of course you want to off road it!

What time will you lot be at the Wheatsheaf ?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 03, 2009, 08:26:47 am
Most of Lawford lane is bypassed by a nice smooth tarmac cycle path. Unless of course you want to off road it!

What time will you lot be at the Wheatsheaf ?

I think we want to off road it   ;D  Should be at The Wheatsheaf about 8pm.  bobb, does your mobile number still end 661?  If so I will try to remember to text you when we leave St Anne's Castle.

Chief - St A's for 7pm shouldn't be a problem.  If you want to PM me your mobile number I will text you when we leave Witham.

Auntie H - what time do you think you'll be here?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 03, 2009, 08:29:27 am
Aha, you already PMed me your address. Quick thinking!

If OD's not waiting out back, I suggest switching on your helmet light, turning around on the spot and shouting "look at me - I'm a lighthouse" until he appears.  It's what I had planned to do prior to the Friday night ride, but OD prevented that by being good and ready before I got there.

"Oaky"!?! - not gone all urban have we?  Will we be seeing you with a baseball cap on back-to-front?  If so, will you still be sporting the Tesco torch bolted to you head?   ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 03, 2009, 08:35:16 am
OD, I can be at yours whatever time you wish, so let me know when.

I would myself prefer to avoid off-road parts and take lovely tarmac paths where possible.

I'm still hoping for a bikehike route...  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 03, 2009, 08:46:52 am
OD, I can be at yours whatever time you wish, so let me know when.

I would myself prefer to avoid off-road parts and take lovely tarmac paths where possible.

I'm still hoping for a bikehike route...  ;)

How about 6 to 6:15?  When we say off road, we don't mean extreme off road, just a few bumps and the odd puddle.

I don't know much about bikehike but we're talking flat.

You'll be fine!!!  Trust me!!!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 03, 2009, 09:06:37 am
Six is fine.

I'm after the bikehike route as it shows me where we're going and the corners etc and if everyone's too plastered to remember the way home I can find it! But it's not that important, just a handy thing to have...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on November 03, 2009, 09:24:16 am
bobb, does your mobile number still end 661?

Indeed it does.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 03, 2009, 09:30:17 am
Six is fine.

I'm after the bikehike route as it shows me where we're going and the corners etc and if everyone's too plastered to remember the way home I can find it! But it's not that important, just a handy thing to have...

I will not be plastered, I will get you home, fear not  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 03, 2009, 09:37:16 am
Six is fine.

I'm after the bikehike route as it shows me where we're going and the corners etc and if everyone's too plastered to remember the way home I can find it! But it's not that important, just a handy thing to have...

chief's post upthread (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=22529.msg460727#msg460727) has a bikeroutetoaster link for the Gt Leighs -> pub route (assuming that route is still the plan).  You should be able to get a .gpx from there I think.

As for the Witham --> Gt Leighs stretch, this might not be too far from OD's intended route (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-N-Gt-Leighs) although he might be intending to go through Ranks green instead?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 03, 2009, 10:13:04 am
Six is fine.

I'm after the bikehike route as it shows me where we're going and the corners etc and if everyone's too plastered to remember the way home I can find it! But it's not that important, just a handy thing to have...

chief's post upthread (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=22529.msg460727#msg460727) has a bikeroutetoaster link for the Gt Leighs -> pub route (assuming that route is still the plan).  You should be able to get a .gpx from there I think.

As for the Witham --> Gt Leighs stretch, this might not be too far from OD's intended route (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-N-Gt-Leighs) although he might be intending to go through Ranks green instead?


Oaky has got my route bang on.  We shall be resisting the temptation to pop into the Square & Compasses for a swift one.  Sorry Vic.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on November 03, 2009, 12:48:04 pm
I'll be there this week, but it'll just be a pootle across town for me - see you at the pub!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 03, 2009, 02:24:12 pm
I appear to be going down with a cold so I suggest you all resist the temptation to snog me tomorrow night - and this includes you bobb.

I am taking all the appropriate drugs so I don't think my worsening health will preclude me from taking part.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 03, 2009, 03:53:28 pm
Hope you don't feel too seedy, O_D.

The long route home (assuming we retrace our steps) is concerning me a little. 18 miles at my tortoise-like speed is over an hour and half... so I would probably still get home at 1am by the time I've driven. Is there a more direct route back from Writtle that isn't (a) the A12, or (b) the railway?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 03, 2009, 03:57:52 pm
Hope you don't feel too seedy, O_D.

The long route home (assuming we retrace our steps) is concerning me a little. 18 miles at my tortoise-like speed is over an hour and half... so I would probably still get home at 1am by the time I've driven. Is there a more direct route back from Writtle that isn't (a) the A12, or (b) the railway?

My mapping software has the route home at a gnat's cock over 14 miles.  The A12 is a very, very bad idea.  The boys coming up from Chelmsford would escort you back to Chelmsford rail station.  Your call.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 03, 2009, 04:00:55 pm
The route there is 19 miles (see bikehike.co.uk - Course Creator (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=25162))

Do you have a more direct return route then?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 03, 2009, 04:04:33 pm
The route there is 19 miles (see bikehike.co.uk - Course Creator (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=25162))

Do you have a more direct return route then?

Yes, sorry, forgot to mention that!  14.2 miles and not a gnat's cock more!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 03, 2009, 04:07:36 pm
The route there is 19 miles (see bikehike.co.uk - Course Creator (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=25162))

Do you have a more direct return route then?
bikehike.co.uk - Course Creator (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=25173) is a little shorter.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 03, 2009, 04:08:49 pm
I'll give that return a go then, as long as you can face hanging around for me. Mind you, if it's flattish I shouldn't be quite so slow. Did 20 miles today at an average of 13mph so that's an improvement.

I have some excuse, perhaps. I've done 10,192 miles so far this year, which has taken me 35 days, 17 hours, 18 minutes and six seconds in total. That's five solid weeks on the bike...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 03, 2009, 04:10:54 pm
The route there is 19 miles (see bikehike.co.uk - Course Creator (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=25162))

Do you have a more direct return route then?
bikehike.co.uk - Course Creator (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=25173) is a little shorter.
Thank you Mr TheBike. I'll go with whatever route young Oscar's Dad has but your route is wonderfully flat ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 03, 2009, 04:11:16 pm
I'll give that return a go then, as long as you can face hanging around for me. Mind you, if it's flattish I shouldn't be quite so slow. Did 20 miles today at an average of 13mph so that's an improvement.

I have some excuse, perhaps. I've done 10,192 miles so far this year, which has taken me 35 days, 17 hours, 18 minutes and six seconds in total. That's five solid weeks on the bike...

I cruise at 13mph so we'll be fine.

We could follow Del's suggestion as the road thru Boreham is the old A12 and then just carry on to Hatty Pev.  But it's a dull ride and best avoided.

Edit: and there is a hill just before Hatty  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on November 03, 2009, 07:00:21 pm
Look forward to seeing everyone at St Anne's castle for 7ish then  :thumbsup:

OD, I'll PM you my mobile phone number, would be nice to get a call/text, currently its just used to listen to a loop of the Hitchhiker's guide.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 03, 2009, 07:06:40 pm
It that the O2 test line 9790?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on November 03, 2009, 07:14:17 pm
OD, I can be at yours whatever time you wish, so let me know when.

I would myself prefer to avoid off-road parts and take lovely tarmac paths where possible.

I'm still hoping for a bikehike route...  ;)

Afraid I can't get on with that new fangled bikehiked thingy, but regarding the gridleways after Howe Street...

There are two sections, a short one and a much longer one.

The first starting at the bottom of Humprey's farm lane will be tougher with the down and up hill bit to deal with it.  However the road does run parallel so that might be a better option.  We can all wave to each other through the trees  :thumbsup:

At the top of the hill we then come back onto the road and turn right to continue onto stage 2 which eventually brings us out at the north part of Woodhall Hill Lane.  This section of offroad is either flat or a gentle downhill and very nice to ride.

If you you didn't fancy stage 2 then you could carry straight on and then turn left and meet us in the Pig and Whistle car park which is naturally on route anyway:

http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=90818 (http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=90818)

Eitherway plenty of options so we can decide tomorrow night  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on November 03, 2009, 07:15:16 pm
It that the O2 test line 9790?

Indeed it is!  thanks for the tip off on that, you've made a lot of geeks happy :-*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 03, 2009, 07:42:24 pm
I forgot I'd told you about Hitchikers. I'm not sure if it is a free call!

The route sounds fun. I have just put some narrow nobblies back on my hack bike. I fancy a muddy winter (nothing to worry about Helen!)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 03, 2009, 09:05:03 pm
I think where the option is to stay on a 'real' road rather than off-road I'll go for that; I'm not so keen on off-road as it's so bumpy and I have issues with traction. I see from the Bikehike route that there's usually an alternative so if you can point out where I should go I'll meet you where the paths rejoin.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 04, 2009, 09:11:31 am
    Enjoy your ride tonight everyone! I shall be having an interlecktewal evening at my (mostly female   :D) book club. Plus tons of tea and cake, naturally. Which I won't burn off on the 1 mile ride there & back. CU next week, all being well.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on November 04, 2009, 01:11:46 pm
Slight change of plan. Myself and токамак will meet you lot at St Anne's Castle at 19:00  :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 04, 2009, 01:13:41 pm
Slight change of plan. Myself and токамак will meet you lot at St Anne's Castle at 19:00  :)

Terrific.  We will have to find a pot hole big enough to fit us all in!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 04, 2009, 02:03:04 pm
It'll be waaaaay too early for me to have my evening meal before I set off this evening (I'm leaving home at 5:15pm) so will need to eat something other than dessert at one of the hostelries. Anyone know if either/both do food and if it's reasonable (by 'reasonable' I mean vast quantities, not too fussed about the presentation)?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on November 04, 2009, 02:11:33 pm
It'll be waaaaay too early for me to have my evening meal before I set off this evening (I'm leaving home at 5:15pm) so will need to eat something other than dessert at one of the hostelries. Anyone know if either/both do food and if it's reasonable (by 'reasonable' I mean vast quantities, not too fussed about the presentation)?

St Anne's Castle (http://www.stannescastle.co.uk/main/index.htm)

Any help?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 04, 2009, 03:22:43 pm
Oooh good cheap food there! Will you all be there long enough for me to eat a lasagne or something, chaps? Or will we be moving swiftly on to the next location?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 04, 2009, 03:24:37 pm
Oooh good cheap food there! Will you all be there long enough for me to eat a lasagne or something, chaps? Or will we be moving swiftly on to the next location?

I think the schedule will accomodate you re-fuelling.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 04, 2009, 03:35:57 pm
Oooh good cheap food there! Will you all be there long enough for me to eat a lasagne or something, chaps? Or will we be moving swiftly on to the next location?

I think the schedule will accomodate you re-fuelling.
No schedule could accommodate a complete Auntie Helen refuelling; I shall just have a splash and dash. Which sounds like a loo trip.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on November 04, 2009, 03:56:49 pm
Oooh good cheap food there! Will you all be there long enough for me to eat a lasagne or something, chaps? Or will we be moving swiftly on to the next location?

If we absolutely have to I reckon we could squeeze down an extra pint to bide some time. ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 04, 2009, 04:11:47 pm
Oooh good cheap food there! Will you all be there long enough for me to eat a lasagne or something, chaps? Or will we be moving swiftly on to the next location?

If we absolutely have to I reckon we could squeeze down an extra pint to bide some time. ;)
I wouldn't want to force you to drink when you'd rather not, Tokamak ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 05, 2009, 12:01:29 pm
I judge last night to be another classic.  

Myself and Auntie Helen departed the garage door at 1803hrs, just 3 minutes behind schedule and made good time to St Anne's Castle.  On arrival disaster nearly struck!  AH was badly in need of her din dins yet was informed by the landlady that they weren't serving food.  AH looked suitably crestfallen so the landlady trotted off to see if her husband could be persuaded to open the kitchen.  Success!  About 10 minutes later a plate of lasagne, chips and peas was plonked in front of our intrepid 3 wheeled friend.  This was my second visit to St Anne's, I wasn't that impressed on my first visit. I am much more impressed now!

bobb, TOKaMaK and chief turned up so after a pint and a chat we set off for Writtle and The Wheatsheaf.  chief's route was a triumph!  I will shortly study my GPS track to work out exactly where we went as it was a complete hoot.  The group parted company twice.  Myself and chief hit the muddy, leaf strewn bridleways whilst the rest of the gang stayed on the tarmac.  chief and Oaky are mates and clearly chips off the same block as chief (on his Dawes road tourer  :o ) set off down the bridleways like his arse was on fire; leaving me on my MTB shod with nobbly tyres panting to keep up.  chief and Oakly would do well to remember that I only have one set of lungs and can only cough them up so many times - gits  ;D

The Wheatsheaf is looks and feels like someone's front room.  I love pubs like that.  It's not a big place and was significantly less empty once the five of us had barged in with all our clobber.  The drinking was good 1 ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/photo-4.jpg)

... and some important decisions were made.  Firstly, there will be a S24O in January.  Secondly, the Christmas do will (unless there are violent objections) be Shenfield to Chelmsford with eating at The Duck as per bobb's recce.

AH and I were keen not to hang around too long as we both wanted to be back at a reasonable hour so we left bobb and TOKaMaK at the pub and set off home with chief in tow.  We parted company with chief after a short while and AH and I forged on alone.

My route home was nearly as triumphant as chief's outward leg.  We were completely reliant on the GPS route I had plotted and the trusty Garmin didn't let us down.  We went over bridges, through gates and down very narrow roads.  It was only once we got close to Terling that I had any idea of where we were.  It was adventure of the highest order.

As planned I was tucked up in bed well before midnight.  My cold which had benefited hugely from the fresh air and exercise came back with avengence and shortly after hitting the pillow my head was full of snot.  Consequently I have decided to place myself on light duties today and postponed this morning's customer meeting  :thumbsup:

A great night and many thanks to all that attended - you're all top chaps and chapesses  ;D

1 I am mightily impressed by the number of pubs that will serve tea without batting an eye lid.  This is a complete revelation and the tea drinking pioneers, of which we now have two, should be applauded  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 05, 2009, 12:17:06 pm
...
The group parted company twice.  Myself and chief hit the muddy, leaf strewn bridleways whilst the rest of the gang stayed on the tarmac.  chief and Oaky are mates and clearly chips off the same block as chief (on his Dawes road tourer  :o ) set off down the bridleways like his arse was on fire; leaving me on my MTB shod with nobbly tyres panting to keep up.  chief and Oakly would do well to remember that I only have one set of lungs and can only cough them up so many times - gits  ;D
...

It's good for you!  :)  At the very least you have a GPS track so you know where to look for your lungs.

Glad to hear that a good time was had by all.  I had to make do with an hour on the turbo, being confined to quarters to look after the acorns.  (I did manage to watch 3 episodes of Black Books whilst riding though but this may have been counter productive since it "forced" me to crack open some red wine once I'd showered - at least I managed to drink at a lower rate than Bernard, Fran et al. in the DVD, which is surprisingly hard to do - I've come a cropper watching BB with a bottle of wine close at hand more than once before).

I am definitely up for the next one, which I do believe is back to the Norton.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 05, 2009, 12:22:16 pm

I am definitely up for the next one, which I do believe is back to the Norton.

A ride which will be conducted at a gentlemanly pace!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 05, 2009, 01:26:10 pm

I am definitely up for the next one, which I do believe is back to the Norton.

A ride which will be conducted at a gentlemanly pace!

Hmm... Don't think I have time to grow the appropriate moustache.

(http://www.culture24.org.uk/asset_arena/9/25/9529/v0_master.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 07, 2009, 01:39:58 pm
Regarding next week's trip to The Norton.  

I have just plotted a cheeky outward route that includes Nutty's Slimed Bottom and North Hill.  It works out at 16.2 miles.  We could come back via the normal route which is 13.6 miles - a grand total of 29.8 miles.  I may have to circle the block to get the total over 30 miles.

I'd quite like to have a crack at North Hill as I have yet to test out Son of Oscar's new gears on a proper climb. 

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 07, 2009, 02:51:29 pm
Regarding next week's trip to The Norton.  

I have just plotted a cheeky outward route that includes Nutty's Slimed Bottom and North Hill.  It works out at 16.2 miles.  We could come back via the normal route which is 13.6 miles - a grand total of 29.8 miles.  I may have to circle the block to get the total over 30 miles.

I'd quite like to have a crack at North Hill as I have yet to test out Son of Oscar's new gears on a proper climb. 

Any thoughts?

I'd certainly be up for North Hill.

I went up there the other night and They are finally resurfacing the awfully rutted and potholed stretch from the pink house to the A414.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

In fact they were doing a stretch of it when I went up and had closed a stretch of the road from above the General's Arms to somewhere past Runsell Lane (where I usually peel off) so I had to walk round the works on the pavement for half a mile or so.  Freshly laid tarmac gives off a hell of a lot of heat, and sizzles very loudly.  The stretch before that that they'd already completed was very nice indeed.

It'll be a lovely stretch of road once there are no ruts wide enough to lose a 25C tyre in.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 07, 2009, 03:22:16 pm
That bit of news about The Ridge, I think it's called that, is excellent. It's quite a fast bit of road with the potholes it'll be so much faster without them. I might come along to Whitham for the start and a pre ride cuppa.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 07, 2009, 04:29:36 pm
That bit of news about The Ridge, I think it's called that, is excellent. It's quite a fast bit of road with the potholes it'll be so much faster without them. I might come along to Whitham for the start and a pre ride cuppa.  :thumbsup:

It is indeed "The Ridge".  I've been hoping they'd fix it for ages now, at night, it really slows you down having to dodge the holes.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 07, 2009, 04:40:17 pm
Oaky, shall I swing round to yours?  6.30?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 07, 2009, 05:57:10 pm
Not sure I'm keen to tackle North Hill again. Any chance of plotting me an alternative route around it?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 07, 2009, 06:28:10 pm
Not sure I'm keen to tackle North Hill again. Any chance of plotting me an alternative route around it?
A loop that doesn't go anywhere but should give an idea. You still climb but you get smaller climbs in several bursts. Ignore that the loop doesn't go to the Norton it's just for route info avoiding North Hill, Clicky (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=25448).
Woodham Walter is quite easy but the A12 side has a long flat section.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 07, 2009, 06:33:35 pm
Think I've done a similar route to that previously.

I have been up North Hill twice in my cycling career (both times on the same day!) and it wasn't the end of the world, but it was quite time-consuming. If there's an easy-ish avoid whilst the rest of you ascend and descend the hill that might work better. Can't tell until I see Oscar's Dad's planned route...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 07, 2009, 06:36:14 pm
Up North Hill and hang a left at Danbury. I will be going slooooow up North Hill so you can keep me company AH.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 07, 2009, 06:49:03 pm
Up North Hill and hang a left at Danbury. I will be going slooooow up North Hill so you can keep me company AH.
What time are you open for a cuppa?  ::-)
Or...
Oaky, shall I swing round to yours?  6.30?
I might be coming to Witham this way with AH, Clicky (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=25451).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 07, 2009, 07:50:50 pm
Up North Hill and hang a left at Danbury. I will be going slooooow up North Hill so you can keep me company AH.
What time are you open for a cuppa?  ::-)
Or...
Oaky, shall I swing round to yours?  6.30?
I might be coming to Witham this way with AH, Clicky (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=25451).
'Ang on a minute, that last link's got us going up North Hill.  You just said down it!!!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 07, 2009, 09:37:54 pm
'Ang on a minute, that last link's got us going up North Hill.  You just said down it!!!
Green is go and red is stop!
When I view it on bikehike the start is near to the Norton, in the south, as I created it.  ;D Are you viewing it on some other gpx/map reader?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 07, 2009, 10:11:59 pm
'Ang on a minute, that last link's got us going up North Hill.  You just said down it!!!
Green is go and red is stop!
When I view it on bikehike the start is near to the Norton, in the south, as I created it.  ;D Are you viewing it on some other gpx/map reader?
I'm looking at it on bikehike but am also looking at the elevation tab... which shows a steep incline followed by a longer descent. So although the descent looks lovely, I've clearly got to climb some of the way up ;)

Besides, 'up' North Hill is presumably going northwards, which we are ;)

I shall bow to your superior wisdom in matters of cycle-routing in mid-Essex, Del, as it's all rather a cloud of unknowing to me. But they should make that bit of Essex flatter really, rather more like the Tending Plain or bits of Holland - that'd be far more the ticket.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 07, 2009, 10:19:33 pm
I'm looking at it on bikehike but am also looking at the elevation tab... which shows a steep incline followed by a longer descent. So although the descent looks lovely, I've clearly got to climb some of the way up ;)
No downs without ups first. The climb isn't as steep as North Hill and it's in several bits so you can have a rest. How slow fast is your average?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on November 07, 2009, 10:23:40 pm
This event is next Wednesday, yes?

What time?

I may be able to attend in a train-assisted manner. Prittlewell to N. Fambridge station seems favourite, then ride home.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 07, 2009, 10:25:58 pm
This event is next Wednesday, yes?

What time?
Just after 2000hrs seems a good time to aim for.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on November 07, 2009, 10:36:05 pm
The Norton doesn't do food, does it?

I wonder whether to dive into the Ferry Boat at N. Fambridge first, for dinner.

Or just give it a miss. Weather forecast may decide.

I can catch the 1948 from Prittlewell to get to N. Fam for 2034.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 08, 2009, 07:50:01 am
I'm looking at it on bikehike but am also looking at the elevation tab... which shows a steep incline followed by a longer descent. So although the descent looks lovely, I've clearly got to climb some of the way up ;)
No downs without ups first. The climb isn't as steep as North Hill and it's in several bits so you can have a rest. How slow fast is your average?
Current average seems to be about 11mph which is rather appalling.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 08, 2009, 08:21:28 am
Oaky, shall I swing round to yours?  6.30?

Yep - works for me.

I wonder if we'll be mixing it with the steamrollers on The Ridge. :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 08, 2009, 09:14:49 am
Oaky, shall I swing round to yours?  6.30?

Yep - works for me.

I wonder if we'll be mixing it with the steamrollers on The Ridge. :)

Just as well I'll be dressed as a traffic cone.  Hopefully they will steer round me.

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on November 08, 2009, 10:00:09 am
I hope to come along for this one. It all depends on which day I have to go into the office this week.

Coming from Chelmsford, I may as well meet you in Danbury*

*Conveniently, I will have just ascended the rather gentle west face of Col du Danbury, unlike you lot  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 08, 2009, 10:03:17 am
AH was hoping for a cuppa at OD's after getting a tow from the Norton to Witham.  Is that still on or does going to Oaky's invalidate that plan? (not to worry AH I have a plan "B")
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 08, 2009, 10:07:30 am
AH was hoping for a cuppa at OD's after getting a tow from the Norton to Witham.  Is that still on or does going to Oaky's invalidate that plan? (not to worry AH I have a plan "B")

Huh? I'm confused.  Is the cuppa required before or after the ride?.  If before I'm going to leave about 6:15 heading for Oaky's.  You and anyone else are more than welcome to have a brew before we set off.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 08, 2009, 10:25:42 am
Huh? I'm confused.  Is the cuppa required before or after the ride?.  If before I'm going to leave about 6:15 heading for Oaky's.  You and anyone else are more than welcome to have a brew before we set off.
AH might drive to the pub, ride with me up to Witham, have a cuppa, and ride back to the pub (not up North Hill) for 2000hrsish. Just waiting for Ah to confirm that she is driving to the pub in the first place.
If not I'll ride to Witham, have a cuppa, and ride with you to Oaky's and come up North Hill to the pub.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 08, 2009, 10:33:21 am
AH was hoping for a cuppa at OD's after getting a tow from the Norton to Witham.  Is that still on or does going to Oaky's invalidate that plan? (not to worry AH I have a plan "B")

I'm confused too  ??? ... Norton -> Witham will be the return leg for OD and I... The "going to Oaky's" bit is the Witham -> Norton outbound leg...  not sure onto which leg the "cuppa" plan fits though. ;)

I just had one interpretation pop into my head which fits with the above (sort of?):-  Are you and AH planning on doing Norton -> Witham -> Norton? (with AH parking there), with a North hill avoiding Witham->Norton routing?  i.e. Norton-> witham (AH&del) - cuppa (AH, Del, others) Witham -> intermediate point, where the group parts company with AH/del hill-avoidance routing through Woodham Walter etc.?, and OD/Oaky up NH, then regrouping somewhere further along?


EDIT:  This crossed in the post with del's explanation which seems to largely this plan! :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 08, 2009, 10:44:29 am
...and move our clothes to the lower peg
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 08, 2009, 01:30:09 pm
I have confused the lot of you, sorry!

Situation is, as Del has commented, I decided I was more inclined to drive to Cold Norton and then cycle from there to Witham, have a cuppa at Witham (to keep me going!) and then cycle with y'all to the pub at Cold Norton. Then drive home straight from the pub like a lazy moo. I hadn't mentioned this on the thread, due to fears of being thought a wimpy Teutonic slow-cyclist, but he's outed me now. I am a wimpy Teutonic slow-cyclist who can't stay up late.

So...

If the Witham contingent are planning to leave Oaky's at 18:30 and if the Lovely Liz or the Current Mrs R is willing to furnish me (and Del) with a restorative cuppa before this essaying forth, it would seem wise for me to get to Witham by six-ish. That's if it's OK with you lot. Del has kindly offered to shepherd me from Cold Norton to Witham avoiding all hills apart from one called North Hill somewhere. I think.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 08, 2009, 01:32:31 pm
I just had one interpretation pop into my head which fits with the above (sort of?):-  Are you and AH planning on doing Norton -> Witham -> Norton? (with AH parking there), with a North hill avoiding Witham->Norton routing?  i.e. Norton-> witham (AH&del) - cuppa (AH, Del, others) Witham -> intermediate point, where the group parts company with AH/del hill-avoidance routing through Woodham Walter etc.?, and OD/Oaky up NH, then regrouping somewhere further along?
Throw six to start.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 08, 2009, 01:44:51 pm
I have confused the lot of you, sorry!
I blame the person who suggested changing the venues weekly!  ::-)   :facepalm:  O:-)
Quote
Del has kindly offered to shepherd me from Cold Norton to Witham avoiding all hills apart from one called North Hill somewhere. I think.
North Hill in this case is a decline, a one mile decline.  :smug:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 08, 2009, 02:02:11 pm
I have confused the lot of you, sorry!

Situation is, as Del has commented, I decided I was more inclined to drive to Cold Norton and then cycle from there to Witham, have a cuppa at Witham (to keep me going!) and then cycle with y'all to the pub at Cold Norton. Then drive home straight from the pub like a lazy moo. I hadn't mentioned this on the thread, due to fears of being thought a wimpy Teutonic slow-cyclist, but he's outed me now. I am a wimpy Teutonic slow-cyclist who can't stay up late.

So...

If the Witham contingent are planning to leave Oaky's at 18:30 and if the Lovely Liz or the Current Mrs R is willing to furnish me (and Del) with a restorative cuppa before this essaying forth, it would seem wise for me to get to Witham by six-ish. That's if it's OK with you lot. Del has kindly offered to shepherd me from Cold Norton to Witham avoiding all hills apart from one called North Hill somewhere. I think.

I'm sure tea for two (or more) could be rustled up here at 6 o'clock ish.

This plan has the advantage of allowing you and del to scope out the progress of the resurfacing works on NH, so that OD and I know where to start dodging steamrollers.

Actually, thinking about it - you'd better be careful round the steamrollers since the Trice is flat enough to start with.  You should be fine outrunning it downhill though ;) ... uphill would be another matter of course ;)  :demon:

Judging by how far they'd got on in the resurfacing work on Thursday last week, they might even have finished by then.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 08, 2009, 02:08:14 pm
North Hill in this case is a decline, a one mile decline.  :smug:
Does this mean that on Wednesday I have to go headlong into a decline?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 08, 2009, 02:14:02 pm
Judging by how far they'd got on in the resurfacing work on Thursday last week, they might even have finished by then.
I might check it out tomorrow/Tuesday.
I hope AH knows where you live. I was going to use this route, Clicky (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=25497), and get AH to divert as needed.
Does this mean that on Wednesday I have to go headlong into a decline?
Your going to a pub with half a dozen guys you met on The Internet. Could you get any lower?  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 08, 2009, 02:23:56 pm
I do indeed know where Oaky lives (see, I'm good at this Meeting Strange Men Off The Internet lark!)

I'll edit the route to go straight to his house and pass it on to you, Del, in due course.

It's faintly (but only faintly) possible that Uncle James will come as well on Wednesday.

What time would you like to meet at Cold Norton, Del?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 08, 2009, 02:30:07 pm
What time would you like to meet at Cold Norton, Del?
1700 - 1715, leave around 1720, 2hrs 40mins for the Witham loop plus time for a cuppa = back at the pub for 2015ish.
NB: Based on not knowing where Oaky is!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 08, 2009, 03:13:54 pm
What time would you like to meet at Cold Norton, Del?
1700 - 1715, leave around 1720, 2hrs 40mins for the Witham loop plus time for a cuppa = back at the pub for 2015ish.
NB: Based on not knowing where Oaky is!

I'm here.

HTH. ;)


(EDIT: Slightly more helpfully, YHPM :) )
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 08, 2009, 04:12:21 pm
(EDIT: Slightly more helpfully, YHPM :) )
Cheers.  :thumbsup:

I now have a new route with Oaky's domicile in the path, adds about one half mile. AH, start times from the Norton remain as above.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 08, 2009, 04:12:58 pm
He's in the posh bit of Witham.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 08, 2009, 04:16:07 pm
He's in the posh bit of Witham.
I noticed the gates, three mile driveway, and security guards in satellite view. Is that a lake or just a large blue plastic sheet?  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 08, 2009, 04:24:00 pm
He's in the posh bit of Witham.
I noticed the gates, three mile driveway, and security guards in satellite view. Is that a lake or just a large blue plastic sheet?  :P

Communal helicopter pad.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on November 08, 2009, 04:26:04 pm
He's in the posh bit of Witham.
Where the fuck is that?!  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 08, 2009, 04:27:08 pm
He's in the posh bit of Witham.

There's a "posh bit"?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 08, 2009, 04:29:09 pm
You find the commoner's entrance round the back. Make sure you wipe your feet. Mrs O likes being addressed as Ma'am.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 08, 2009, 04:31:54 pm
He's in the posh bit of Witham.
Where the fuck is that?!  :P

You'll never know  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on November 08, 2009, 06:14:09 pm
He's in the posh bit of Witham.
Where the fuck is that?!  :P

You'll never know  ;D

It's known as "Withoutam".
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on November 09, 2009, 06:35:01 pm
I rode along the Ridge this morning and the resurfacing is nearly completed, just a band in the middle to do, maybe it will be completed by wednesday, major improvement on how it was which was one of the worse stretches in central Essex, hope that helps.

Wednesday nights are very tricky for me as my son has rugby training so sadly I have struggled to get to your gatherings, last week you passed within 100 yards of my house...never mind. I'll keep lurking and may surprise you one night.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on November 10, 2009, 04:59:22 pm
I have a meeting tomorrow afternoon outside the UK mainland (OK, Mersea  :P ). Knowing some of the verbalists attending, it may go on pretty late. If it does, I'll just meet everyone at Cold Norton. If I'm really pissed off, I'll just go home. If it miraculously finishes early, I'll go home first and meet in Danbury en route as per my previous post.

So many possibilities......
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 10, 2009, 05:00:32 pm
I have a meeting tomorrow afternoon outside the UK mainland (OK, Mersea  :P ). Knowing some of the verbalists attending, it may go on pretty late. If it does, I'll just meet everyone at Cold Norton. If I'm really pissed off, I'll just go home. If it miraculously finishes early, I'll go home first and meet in Danbury en route as per my previous post.

So many possibilities......

You got one of them PMs
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 10, 2009, 05:03:41 pm
Still trying to persuade Uncle James to come along tomorrow. "If it doesn't rain, I might," saith he.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 10, 2009, 05:10:36 pm
    I'll be setting off from Gt Dunmow at about 6:30 as per usual. Route will probably be: Walthams, Boreham, Woodhams, Purleigh. Our paths might cross, but I'll likely be at the Norton a bit after the Witham crew. The forecast is: proper chilly!!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 10, 2009, 05:14:16 pm
Still trying to persuade Uncle James to come along tomorrow. "If it doesn't rain, I might," saith he.

It never rains on the righteous and my iPhone says its going to be sunny. 

Tell Uncle James that I am introducing another strange bloke to the group so he'd better turn up to protect your reputation.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 10, 2009, 05:20:50 pm
I would like to point out that the rain comment isn't because he's a soft Southerner but because his borrowed bicycle has no mudguards and he has a care for his wife the washerwoman...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 10, 2009, 05:23:23 pm
I would like to point out that the rain comment isn't because he's a soft Southerner but because his borrowed bicycle has no mudguards and he has a care for his wife the washerwoman...

Blimey, you don't meet blokes like that on the internet.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on November 10, 2009, 09:12:03 pm
I've had the exciting experience of being stuck in bed with the flu since Sunday night so probably best I give this weeks a miss  :(

Have a good one and I look forward to hearing of the shenanigans   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on November 11, 2009, 09:40:55 am
I'll be elsewhere - Eastwood Community Centre, to be precise, where Dez has an anti-airport meeting.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 11, 2009, 03:48:42 pm
Uncle James and I setting off in 15 minutes for Cold Norton. Seeya there Del!

James wants to cycle up North Hill on the return journey though as he gets fed up having to cycle as slowly as me.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 11, 2009, 04:07:45 pm
Looks like I can now do next week  :thumbsup:  Are we still going to Maldon down the (muddy but flat) Blackwater Rail Trail?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 11, 2009, 05:50:23 pm
Looks like I can now do next week  :thumbsup:  Are we still going to Maldon down the (muddy but flat) Blackwater Rail Trail?

That's certainly my thinking -- i might try and do a recce in the light a day or two before to assess the extent of any mud/floods/swamps etc.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 12, 2009, 12:33:11 am

To keep people on their toes,  the following is a) presented in reverse chronological order and b) contains one blatant untruth.

I arrived home just before midnight (unheard of in these ventures ;))

I toppled off my bike once whilst stationary (whilst trying to keep said vehicle upright, with a single, unbalanced 4 kg pannier,  whilst chatting to Tomsk, after a "few" pints of the wonderful "Hop Harvest" and fishing in my jersey for the phone to check where OD had got to.)

We enjoyed pickled eggs, and more "wee timing".

We found out that OD and I have identical tattoos  :o

The very local Mayland Brewery's Hop Harvest ale was enjoyed by all (apart from AH who was treated to tea on the house  :thumbsup:)

The Mighty1) North Hill was ascended.

OD crossed Nutty's slimed bottom with rubber and only suffered a wet foot.

OD was reunited with said glove.

OD lost a glove

A call was received indicating that the tea-seeking contingent were running late and would meet us possibly at the Norton, and possibly en-route.

----------------------
1. as described in the blurb for the Essex Roads Spring Lambs Sportive. (http://essexsportive.essexroadscyclingclub.com/2009/Events/20090405SpringLambs/eventdetails.htm)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 12, 2009, 12:57:47 am
A damp 85 miles for me this day. A pleasant trip to meet AH and UJ and then a off to Witham to have a cuppa at chez Oaky. Unfortunately I used my average speed when working out the time for this leg and not AH's so we were too late and had to bounce. Still we had snackage at the Peartree Pantry, lovingly made by AH own hand. AH put her chavmous lights on. A little showery/drizzly but mostly dry and not too cold.
The beer, as Oaky has said, was good and the free tea was indeed tea and free. Some further snackage provided by the bar and AH. I Met Tomsk.
A jolly good evening. On the way home I felt utterly weird, light headed, queasy, and jelly legged. Don't know why, but I stopped for more snackage and water only 3 miles from home.
I have some pictures to upload later today.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 12, 2009, 07:42:44 am
Oaky got drunk. Fortunately once drunk he gets slower, when he's not falling off.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 12, 2009, 08:25:16 am
Oaky drunk, never!  :o

Slideshow is here, Clicky (http://www.delthebike.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/memwns0911/index.html), but I have to warn you some of the images are not for the faint of heart. (mods may want to move it to NSFW!) Larger pics on Picasa.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 12, 2009, 08:40:20 am
Good photos Del!

Well Uncle James and I set off to the wilds of Mid Essex from the calm and demure parts of North-East Essex by means of our Horseless Carriage.

We arrived at the Norton and spotted a Dawes Galaxy standing in a lonely manner by the side of the pub so we started excavating the bikes from the car and rebuilding them. Del appeared and proceeded to look rather chilly whilst we put the bikes together, including my rather fantastic Christmas Light show on my trike's flagpole.

We set off at Auntie Helen's pace and I had my first minor technical issue after a couple of miles when I realised my front light was about to fall off; clipped it in properly and we carried on. I then had to discard my left hand side rear-view mirror when the screw came loose so that went into the pannier. We continued on.

We did a bit of that hill at Danbury and had a wonderful downhill whizz on a lovely smooth road. It became clear that we were behind schedule and eventually rolled up at Oaky's house 50 minutes later than the original plan. We eschewed the delights of having a bedtime story read to us by Mrs_O and turned back Southwards, setting off into the cold dark.

We were feeling a bit peckish so stopped for a baguette that I had previously made (cheese & ham or salami & ham) and then continued onwards. This route was much shorter and felt flatter too; it was retracing various routes I've already done with Oaky so was familiar to me. We rolled up to the pub at a quarter past eight and I demonstrated my exciting Christmas lights to the chaps there. A constant stream of cups of tea and pints of beer continued and I did my sales pitch for the fantastic Colchester (and elsewhere) store 'The Range'


Shop Online at The Range - Furniture, Arts & Crafts, Garden, Housewares & Pet Care




 (http://www.therange.co.uk/) which has anything you could reasonably want (apart from bicycles). I had a selection of The Range Fantastic Tuff Bike Bags for Del to deliver to Wow, plus of course my The Range Christmas lights on the bike (battery powered, for £3.99). I also had a fine selection of Aldi Comestibles.

A very pleasant evening all round, we got home at a quarter to midnight and I then had a disturbed night as the dog had gurgle tums and had to keep going out in the garden to vomit. It's cold at 3am when you're waiting for the dog to come in...

And now we're off to buy James a bike!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 12, 2009, 08:54:40 am
We did a bit of that hill at Danbury and had a wonderful downhill whizz on a lovely smooth road. It became clear that we were behind schedule and eventually rolled up at Oaky's house 50 minutes later than the original plan. We eschewed the delights of having a bedtime story read to us by Mrs_O and turned back Southwards, setting off into the cold dark.
The Ridge, leading to the top of North Hill is now repaved and is ultra smooth and so much better than it's been in years.  8)
My apologies for the lack of bedtime story/tea at Oaky's.  :-[

Edit:
Here's an image requested by Oaky!
(http://www.delthebike.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/memwns0911/tat02.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 12, 2009, 10:08:54 am
What does that say on Oaky's tattoo?  Anyhow ...

Another smashing ride and my first for some time in a bit of rain.  I enjoy riding in the rain, shame it wasn't heavy enough to warrant the fetish gear.

It was good to meet Uncle James.  I like the way that we are slowly adding to our number.

Great pictures as always Del.  As I'm not a contortionist I don't get to see my arse very often so I am pleased to note it is in rude health.

Roll on next week and the Blackwater Rail Trail  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 12, 2009, 10:11:35 am
What does that say on Oaky's tattoo?
This larger image will reveal all, Clicky (http://www.delthebike.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/memwns0911/tat01.jpg). (about 1 meg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 12, 2009, 10:17:50 am
What does that say on Oaky's tattoo?
This larger image will reveal all, Clicky (http://www.delthebike.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/memwns0911/tat01.jpg). (about 1 meg)

 ;D 

I think he should have it done for real to show his love and devotion to a long suffering woman!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: SandyV on November 12, 2009, 10:19:59 am

Edit:
Here's an image requested by Oaky!

This picture should definitely be posted on the YACF jersey pictures thread!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 12, 2009, 10:24:39 am

Edit:
Here's an image requested by Oaky!

This picture should definitely be posted on the YACF jersey pictures thread!
Never knowingly refused a Sheila, YACF jersey pictures (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12029.msg470558#new)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: SandyV on November 12, 2009, 10:32:49 am
Thanks del!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 12, 2009, 04:11:49 pm
I know I am being as thick as a whale sandwich but I still don't understand why look-a-likes Del and Uncle James can't touch.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 12, 2009, 04:24:06 pm
I know I am being as thick as a whale sandwich but I still don't understand why look-a-likes Del and Uncle James can't touch.
He lives 30 miles away.  ::-)

NSFW in 3 posts?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 12, 2009, 04:33:51 pm
I know I am being as thick as a whale sandwich but I still don't understand why look-a-likes Del and Uncle James can't touch.

There would be a massive matter/anti-matter explosion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimatter_weapon#Effects_of_antimatter_detonation).

Their entire mass would be converted to energy in an instant, destroying the world.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 12, 2009, 05:54:37 pm
Destroy the world! :o

Makes you think doesn't it?  Down the ages we have thought all sorts of people could destroy civilisation as we know it: witches, people of certain religions and races. Yet all along we should have been persecuting balding blokes in glasses who can destroy the world just by holding hands!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: FatBloke on November 12, 2009, 06:03:33 pm
Yet all along we should have been persecuting balding blokes in glasses who can destroy the world just by holding hands!

BURN THEM!!!!!    :demon: :demon: :demon: :demon: :demon: :demon:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 12, 2009, 06:46:35 pm
BURN THEM!!!!!    :demon: :demon: :demon: :demon: :demon: :demon:
Let he who is full of hair and spectacle free cast the first match.  O:-)

(http://www.delthebike.ukfsn.org/images/fatters0.jpg)

 ::-)  :P  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 12, 2009, 06:52:22 pm
There are millions of them!  We're all doomed!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: FatBloke on November 12, 2009, 07:30:12 pm
Let he who is full of hair and spectacle free cast the first match.  O:-)

Bugger! Hoist by me own petard!!   :-[ :-[ :-[
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 13, 2009, 04:24:19 pm
The Star at Steeple (http://starsteeple.co.uk/) got mentioned on Wednesday night.  Looks good and should be a nice ride, perhaps a possible for the next list, once we have gone through the current programme. 

Annnnnnd, they have a campsite!  The website seems to indicate it is a caravan as opposed to tent campsite so may not have a loo block.  I could enquire nearer the time it we was interested.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 14, 2009, 10:13:31 am
The Star at Steeple (http://starsteeple.co.uk/) got mentioned on Wednesday night.  Looks good and should be a nice ride, perhaps a possible for the next list, once we have gone through the current programme. 
A good pub with tea, thinking of you AH, and food. Often has guest beer and has a real fire.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 14, 2009, 02:45:54 pm
The Star at Steeple (http://starsteeple.co.uk/) got mentioned on Wednesday night.  Looks good and should be a nice ride, perhaps a possible for the next list, once we have gone through the current programme. 
A good pub with tea, thinking of you AH, and food. Often has guest beer and has a real fire.  :thumbsup:

Just after the mention of the Star last week, I started clicking around on the map of the Dengie, and noticed this:-

The Church of St-Peter-on-the-Wall (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.734856,0.937507&spn=0.005063,0.012703&z=16) (Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_St_Peter-on-the-Wall,_Bradwell-on-Sea), chapel website (http://www.bradwellchapel.org/spmaps.htm)) which is in such a tempting location that I feel a strong urge to ride out to it (despite being a completely non-churchy person).

I will be waiting for better weather though.  I will probably stop off atthe Star on the way home, (and, perhaps, take the advice on the chapel's website of popping into a pub in the village prior to visiting too ;) )
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 14, 2009, 02:53:04 pm
The Church of St-Peter-on-the-Wall (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.734856,0.937507&spn=0.005063,0.012703&z=16) (Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_St_Peter-on-the-Wall,_Bradwell-on-Sea), chapel website (http://www.bradwellchapel.org/spmaps.htm)) which is in such a tempting location that I feel a strong urge to ride out to it (despite being a completely non-churchy person).
Wartiers have BTDTGTTS  but lost the thread. :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 14, 2009, 02:56:05 pm
The Church of St-Peter-on-the-Wall (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.734856,0.937507&spn=0.005063,0.012703&z=16) (Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_St_Peter-on-the-Wall,_Bradwell-on-Sea), chapel website (http://www.bradwellchapel.org/spmaps.htm)) which is in such a tempting location that I feel a strong urge to ride out to it (despite being a completely non-churchy person).
Wartiers have BTDTGTTS  but lost the thread. :P

I'd be disappointed if they hadn't :)  ("been there", that is, not "lost the thread" ;))
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 15, 2009, 08:17:21 pm
I have a strong urge to go to the Blue Boar at Maldon this week. Mainly because I'm only 360 miles, or so, to break 10,000 miles and I would like to do it before month end.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 15, 2009, 11:18:57 pm
I have a strong urge to go to the Blue Boar at Maldon this week. Mainly because I'm only 360 miles, or so, to break 10,000 miles and I would like to do it before month end.

I will, barring natural or unnatural disasters, definitely be there, OD has also stated his availability.

The main thing I don't know yet is the route from Witham (although possibly irrelevant to you, unless you're so desparate for miles that you're coming via Witham....).

If it doesn't rain (much?) between now and Wednesday then the Blackwater Rail Trail (OD remix) will be the route.  This is mostly 9mild) off-road, and mostly passable whatever the conditions, but does have a couple of sections where mud/standing water could be an issue.  On a good day, I've done it with a trailgator attached acorn, with Mrs_o behind carrying other acorn in a child seat, so there's nothing too difficult on the route.

The bones of the route are in this bikely construction (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Blue-Boar).  I plan to recce the route earlier that day, to ascertain the muddiness/passability.

Unless we either embellish the route somehow, this will be the shortest MEMWNS route I've done so far.

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 16, 2009, 08:44:53 am
James and I would both like to do this trip as well, although

(a) we both spent yesterday on our deathbeds - him with a cold, me with a weird lurgi - and we don't know whether we'll be well enough
(b) if we were, we'd probably drive to the Blue Boar and do a pootle around, perhaps meeting up with some of you for part of the ride, rather than cycling back to Witham after pub
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 16, 2009, 08:50:32 am
James clearly got Man Flu from me and you got the Weird Lurgi from OD.  ::-)
GWS  :-*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 16, 2009, 11:02:39 am
I have a strong urge to go to the Blue Boar at Maldon this week. Mainly because I'm only 360 miles, or so, to break 10,000 miles and I would like to do it before month end.
If it doesn't rain (much?) between now and Wednesday then the Blackwater Rail Trail (OD remix) will be the route.  ...

It has been raining a bit more last night/this morning.  I still plan to check the route out prior to the ride to verify how much is under water/mud.

If it does keep raining between now and then, the following shows an artists's impression of what might walk through the door of the Blue Boar on Wednesday night (not for the squeamish):-

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 16, 2009, 11:06:20 am
If it does keep raining between now and then, the following shows an artists's impression of what might walk through the door of the Blue Boar on Wednesday night (not for the squeamish):-
It's hideous!   :facepalm:  Think of the poor children.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 16, 2009, 11:11:12 am
James clearly got Man Flu from me and you got the Weird Lurgi from OD.  ::-)
GWS  :-*

Look out for the tangerine orange and fluorescent yellow comedy snot.  Both of which match my traffic cone top.  Enjoy!

Oaky - very drool.  Let's hope you re-enter employment soon so we can be spared your rapierlike wit!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on November 16, 2009, 08:30:28 pm
Oaky - very drool.  Let's hope you re-enter employment soon so we can be spared your rapierlike wit!


OD, that's not very sporting of you.  Oaky and I (well Oaky actually) have just established that the Compasses is an alternative to St Anne's on a Thursday and Friday and will serve delights at a righteous time of day  O:-)  This hypothesis needs consistent proving and Oaky not being available won't help things >:(

After 9 days, tonight has been the first time I've ventured out of the house now that the flu has decided there is nothing to gain from me.  20ish miles at an average pace of 12mph confirmed everything seems to be order so I'll look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday night.  Only caveat is that I'm not sure what time I'll get back from London so at this stage I'll say I'll head straight to the sub from home.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 16, 2009, 10:40:28 pm
Actually, I apologise for my earlier comment.  If Oaky does get a job the pubs of mid-Essex are all likely to close causing mass unemployment. I think we should all pay Oaky to stay unemployed so we have places to cycle to each week.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 16, 2009, 10:42:45 pm
Actually, I apologise for my earlier comment.  If Oaky does get a job the pubs of mid-Essex are all likely to close causing mass unemployment. I think we should all pay Oaky to stay unemployed so we have places to cycle to each week.
Git  ;D
Title: Blue Boar, Maldon, Tomorrow
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 17, 2009, 01:43:52 pm
So, folks.

I've been seedy, as previously mentioned. I had two complete days off the bike, thus destroying my fantastic 100% days ridden this year. I am also now behind schedule for my 12,000 miles in the year and feeling gloomy about it.

I went out today to Uni and felt a bit weak but managed the 12 mile round trip reasonably.

I'd like to come along to the Blue Boar tomorrow, assuming I feel a bit better than I do today, but I'll definitely do the equivalent of what I did last time, i.e. drive to the Blue Boar and cycle to Witham, then back to the Blue Boar.

So... the standard question. Does anyone have a route from Witham to the Blue Boar for me to look at (I have plotted a Blue Boar to Witham route). What sort of time will people be leaving Witham? Is anyone else planning to do what I am doing?

I have a meeting in Ipswich at 9am on Thursday morning so can't have a late night, particularly after being poorly, so I may leave the pub by 10pm.

Oh, and Uncle James is working this week so he may not want to come along either due to tiredness.
Title: Re: Blue Boar, Maldon, Tomorrow
Post by: delthebike on November 17, 2009, 02:12:58 pm
So, folks.
I've been seedy,
::-)   O:-)

What time might you be at the pub? I could meet you there and do Witham as well.
Title: Re: Blue Boar, Maldon, Tomorrow
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 17, 2009, 02:29:34 pm
So, folks.
I've been seedy,
::-)   O:-)

What time might you be at the pub? I could meet you there and do Witham as well.
All depends on what time we are meeting at Witham... but I'd like to give PLENTY of time to get to Witham, despite it being only 6ish miles (my route goes through Wickham Bishops). So I'd like to leave at least 45 mins before meeting time at Witham, even earlier if poss to get a nice cuppa...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 17, 2009, 04:59:57 pm
Uncle James will not be attending as he'll be driving the other way (back from cycle training in Chelmsford). He will also have nicked my car so I shall have to shoehorn my Trice into his car. Which could be amusing.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 17, 2009, 05:06:33 pm
I can't leave early enough for tea as our dog needs fettlin'. So I will be heading straight to the Blue Boar for 2000hrs.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 17, 2009, 05:09:31 pm
Fettlin' dog! You need one like this that just sleeps all the time, even when on a boat:

(http://www.hancox.org.uk/shipsdog8.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 17, 2009, 05:22:06 pm
Fettlin' dog! You need one like this that just sleeps all the time, even when on a boat:
(http://www.hancox.org.uk/shipsdog8.jpg)
This one does sleep all day and only really wakes up when it time to go out or get fed.

Weather forecast reckons high winds, in the wrong direction for homeward bound. If it doesn't drop I might give it a miss.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 17, 2009, 07:35:23 pm
    I shall head for the Blue Boar, as I can't leave until after 6:30, but I'll bring the mtb (-she's called Joan, since you ask :)) in the expectation of getting muddy if the off road route should be explored on the way back. See y'all there.
Title: Re: Blue Boar, Maldon, Tomorrow
Post by: Oaky on November 17, 2009, 07:42:59 pm
So... the standard question. Does anyone have a route from Witham to the Blue Boar for me to look at (I have plotted a Blue Boar to Witham route).

This is not too far off the route we were plotting (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Blue-Boar) - it's mostly on the old railway line, with a couple of sections of road interspersed where the line no longer connects up, and a very little bit of bridleway near the start to get from the B1018 to the railway line.  Apart from Market Hill (the short steep one on the way into Maldon),  it is fairly flat.

Eventually, Sustrans/Braintree District Council/Maldon District Council/Essex County Council/persons unknown intend to make this a route surfaced very like the Flitch Way.  It's not too bad at present, but isn't quite as smooth as the FW yet.  Think of it as trailblazing for future generations of MEMWNSers :)

I will ride it tomorrow daytime though, to check if the recent weather has affected the navigability, and have a think also about any width challenges.  (We may have to man/woman-handle the Trice round a gate at the 4.2 mile point, where we get back onto Witham road).

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What sort of time will people be leaving Witham? Is anyone else planning to do what I am doing?

I hadn't thought much about setting off time.  I'm happy to do either the usual 6:30, or go for a later kick-off (given the shortness of the outbound leg -- although it'll be a bit slower than the Flitch Way was).  OD is probably the only other person planning to come from/through Witham, unless anyone else (Tokamak?) signs up for the mild off-road silliness in the mean time.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 17, 2009, 08:17:56 pm
Leaving at 6:30! What time do you think you'll be at the pub?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 17, 2009, 09:03:44 pm
Leaving at 6:30! What time do you think you'll be at the pub?
Probably depends on whether I'm with them, moaning about the road surface and pedalling rather slowly  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 17, 2009, 11:14:59 pm
Leaving at 6:30! What time do you think you'll be at the pub?
Probably depends on whether I'm with them, moaning about the road surface and pedalling rather slowly  :P

LOL -- Arrival at bottom of Market Hill ~7:15 arrival @ Blue Boar ~8:00 ;)

Actually, if anyone would prefer, i'm quite partial to a just post 7-ish start from Witham (I will be able to help out at the acorns' bedtimes in that case).

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 18, 2009, 07:52:05 am
Brilliant dog picture AH.  Bring him/her along one day to meet Shadow!
Title: Re: Blue Boar, Maldon, Tomorrow
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 18, 2009, 07:56:51 am
This is not too far off the route we were plotting (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Blue-Boar) - it's mostly on the old railway line, with a couple of sections of road interspersed where the line no longer connects up, and a very little bit of bridleway near the start to get from the B1018 to the railway line.  Apart from Market Hill (the short steep one on the way into Maldon),  it is fairly flat.
I may be stupid but I've never managed to find a 'download to GPS' button on Bikely. There's a download as GPX which I can then import into Bikehike and stick on my Garmin, but not directly from Bikely. Anyone know the secret?
Title: Re: Blue Boar, Maldon, Tomorrow
Post by: delthebike on November 18, 2009, 07:58:37 am
Anyone know the secret?
The share tab/button at the top and download .GPX.
Title: Re: Blue Boar, Maldon, Tomorrow
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 18, 2009, 08:05:57 am
Anyone know the secret?
The share tab/button at the top and download .GPX.
That only offers to download it to my computer, not directly onto my Garmin (I don't have Babelfish or whatever, and the G205 doesn't act like a hard disk for the computer)
Title: Re: Blue Boar, Maldon, Tomorrow
Post by: delthebike on November 18, 2009, 08:08:53 am
That only offers to download it to my computer, not directly onto my Garmin (I don't have Babelfish or whatever, and the G205 doesn't act like a hard disk for the computer)
IIRC the 205 doesn't do GPX either.
Title: Re: Blue Boar, Maldon, Tomorrow
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 18, 2009, 08:12:35 am
That only offers to download it to my computer, not directly onto my Garmin (I don't have Babelfish or whatever, and the G205 doesn't act like a hard disk for the computer)
IIRC the 205 doesn't do GPX either.
Possibly not, I think I use TCX with Bikehike.

Anyway, that sort-of answers my question, I shall have to stick the route into Bikehike again.

With a 7pm start from Oaky's tonight I may leave the Blue Boar at 6pm. If I come. I'm still not 100% sure about that but would like to get out and see some people, having been cabin-fevery this weekend. Mind you, when I think of the people I shall be seeing... who dress like traffic cones!!!! Plus I'm not overkeen on the idea of an off-road journey, tbh. Uncomfortable, mucky (I have to cycle around Ipswich early the next morning so no time for bike washing and am trying to make an impression at two schools I'm persuading to employ us for cycle training), dark, potholey, and perhaps even with the Walk The Plank Of Doom-type obstacles...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 18, 2009, 10:39:09 am
OK, sorry for all the waffling, I've made a decision not to come tonight. I've just been out for a fun but windy ride around the local roads and I'm still feeling a bit under par. With the early start tomorrow for my Ipswich meetings, and the fact that James has nicked my car and I'm not sure if I can fit the Trice in the A4, I'm going to give it a miss. I shall miss you all dearly, of course. Have a brill time and both Uncle James and I will see you next week.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 18, 2009, 10:42:39 am
OK, sorry for all the waffling, I've made a decision not to come tonight. I've just been out for a fun but windy ride around the local roads and I'm still feeling a bit under par. With the early start tomorrow for my Ipswich meetings, and the fact that James has nicked my car and I'm not sure if I can fit the Trice in the A4, I'm going to give it a miss. I shall miss you all dearly, of course. Have a brill time and both Uncle James and I will see you next week.

 :'(

I'm not around next week cos I will be riding with the Pompey crew.

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 18, 2009, 10:44:13 am
OK, sorry for all the waffling, I've made a decision not to come tonight. I've just been out for a fun but windy ride around the local roads and I'm still feeling a bit under par. With the early start tomorrow for my Ipswich meetings, and the fact that James has nicked my car and I'm not sure if I can fit the Trice in the A4, I'm going to give it a miss. I shall miss you all dearly, of course. Have a brill time and both Uncle James and I will see you next week.

 :'(

I'm not around next week cos I will be riding with the Pompey crew.


You'll have to wait even longer for your Cyclists Bags then :(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 18, 2009, 10:53:50 am
OK, sorry for all the waffling, I've made a decision not to come tonight. I've just been out for a fun but windy ride around the local roads and I'm still feeling a bit under par. With the early start tomorrow for my Ipswich meetings, and the fact that James has nicked my car and I'm not sure if I can fit the Trice in the A4, I'm going to give it a miss. I shall miss you all dearly, of course. Have a brill time and both Uncle James and I will see you next week.

 :'(

I'm not around next week cos I will be riding with the Pompey crew.


You'll have to wait even longer for your Cyclists Bags then :(

Oh noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This seriously compromises the launch of The Magic Bag Lite TM.  I am anticipating a delivery from Nelson in Lancashire any day now.  What am I to do???
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 18, 2009, 11:03:08 am
OK, sorry for all the waffling, I've made a decision not to come tonight. I've just been out for a fun but windy ride around the local roads and I'm still feeling a bit under par. With the early start tomorrow for my Ipswich meetings, and the fact that James has nicked my car and I'm not sure if I can fit the Trice in the A4, I'm going to give it a miss. I shall miss you all dearly, of course. Have a brill time and both Uncle James and I will see you next week.

 :'(

I'm not around next week cos I will be riding with the Pompey crew.


You'll have to wait even longer for your Cyclists Bags then :(

Oh noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This seriously compromises the launch of The Magic Bag Lite TM.  I am anticipating a delivery from Nelson in Lancashire any day now.  What am I to do???
Cycle over to Camulodunum to pick a couple up? ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 18, 2009, 11:05:00 am
OK, sorry for all the waffling, I've made a decision not to come tonight. I've just been out for a fun but windy ride around the local roads and I'm still feeling a bit under par. With the early start tomorrow for my Ipswich meetings, and the fact that James has nicked my car and I'm not sure if I can fit the Trice in the A4, I'm going to give it a miss. I shall miss you all dearly, of course. Have a brill time and both Uncle James and I will see you next week.

 :'(

I'm not around next week cos I will be riding with the Pompey crew.


You'll have to wait even longer for your Cyclists Bags then :(

Oh noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This seriously compromises the launch of The Magic Bag Lite TM.  I am anticipating a delivery from Nelson in Lancashire any day now.  What am I to do???
Cycle over to Camulodunum to pick a couple up? ;)

Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I pay the postage and you bung them in an envelope???

This is mega important and I'm very excited about it  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 18, 2009, 01:37:50 pm
Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I pay the postage and you bung them in an envelope???

This is mega important and I'm very excited about it  ;D  ;D  ;D
Well it's a mega important thing so I'm not surprised. Correct bicycle luggage is a VERY important thing. It took me 3 goes before I found perfection in panniers (my nice German Vaude ones).

I shall pop them in the post to ye, then, when I get a chance to buy them (haven't been to The Range yet; often go on Sunday on the way home from Being Godly).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 18, 2009, 01:39:26 pm
Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I pay the postage and you bung them in an envelope???

This is mega important and I'm very excited about it  ;D  ;D  ;D
Well it's a mega important thing so I'm not surprised. Correct bicycle luggage is a VERY important thing. It took me 3 goes before I found perfection in panniers (my nice German Vaude ones).

I shall pop them in the post to ye, then, when I get a chance to buy them (haven't been to The Range yet; often go on Sunday on the way home from Being Godly).

 :-* 

You'll be getting a PM.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 18, 2009, 01:46:21 pm
Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I pay the postage and you bung them in an envelope???

This is mega important and I'm very excited about it  ;D  ;D  ;D
Well it's a mega important thing so I'm not surprised. Correct bicycle luggage is a VERY important thing. It took me 3 goes before I found perfection in panniers (my nice German Vaude ones).

I shall pop them in the post to ye, then, when I get a chance to buy them (haven't been to The Range yet; often go on Sunday on the way home from Being Godly  O:-)).

 :-* 

You'll be getting a PM.
Is that a euphemism to go with the  :-*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 18, 2009, 01:52:07 pm
Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I pay the postage and you bung them in an envelope???

This is mega important and I'm very excited about it  ;D  ;D  ;D
Well it's a mega important thing so I'm not surprised. Correct bicycle luggage is a VERY important thing. It took me 3 goes before I found perfection in panniers (my nice German Vaude ones).

I shall pop them in the post to ye, then, when I get a chance to buy them (haven't been to The Range yet; often go on Sunday on the way home from Being Godly  O:-)).

 :-* 

You'll be getting a PM.
Is that a euphemism to go with the  :-*

The God fearing ones are always the filthiest  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 18, 2009, 02:39:42 pm
Weather isn't looking too bad, windy but dry, so I reckon I'll be there at 2000.  :thumbsup:
I won't PM anybody if I change my mind as it's taken on shady undertones. 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 18, 2009, 04:15:40 pm
OK - I have checked the route and it is passable-ish, if you don't mind a bit of muddiness.  There's one "lake" that I had to find an alternative route round.

I cleared quite a few branches from the route, before it occurred to me that standing underneath trees where branches had fallen, in what the Met office had billed as 43mph gusts probably wasn't optimally safe  ::-)  I was wearing a magic hat though so I was obviously safe.

It's possible that chief may come along to mine to partake in the rail trail.  7:00 ish seems like a good setting off time in that case.

EDIT:  a few snaps of the recce (http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/mark.oakden/BlueBoarRecce?feat=directlink) -- I'll ad some explanatory captions now...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 18, 2009, 04:37:26 pm
Mate, if you have that much time to take that many pictures of that much mud you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo need a job!

Given the wind is strong enough to blow dogs off chains I shall be deep reefing my main and flying my storm jib (AH will know what I mean).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 18, 2009, 04:45:05 pm
Brilliant pictures Oaky. Despite the temptation of lots of off-road with lakes and narrow gaps through which I need to squeeze my Trice, I think my decision to have an evening in is a good one. Particularly as Uncle James has returned from a hard day's work with no voice whatsoever so I can spend all evening talking at him, which will be fun.

I look forward to a repeat visit to the Blue Boar, though, as it looks rather nice! In summer that railway route might almost be Trice-friendly.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 18, 2009, 04:45:21 pm
Mate, if you have that much time to take that many pictures of that much mud you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo need a job!

Given the wind is strong enough to blow dogs off chains I shall be deep reefing my main and flying my storm jib (AH will know what I mean).

Rollocks!

Shall I add mud-photography to my CV?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 18, 2009, 04:52:35 pm
Mate, if you have that much time to take that many pictures of that much mud you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo need a job!

Given the wind is strong enough to blow dogs off chains I shall be deep reefing my main and flying my storm jib (AH will know what I mean).

Rollocks!

Shall I add mud-photography to my CV?

If it increases your chance of getting a job then please do so.

You can put us all down as referees as well   ;D  That should increase your chances as well.

"Mark is a work shy get that displays obsessive behaviours regarding the collation of meaningless statistics and car number plates.  He is single handedly keeping the licensed premises of mid-Essex in business despite the worst recession in many a year etc, etc, etc ..."
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 18, 2009, 05:29:39 pm
I'm bailing out, going to keep more local and save my legs for tomorrow and Saturday.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 18, 2009, 06:05:32 pm
... I've made a decision not to come tonight. I've just been out for a fun but windy ride around the local roads and I'm still feeling a bit under par. With the early start tomorrow for my Ipswich meetings, and the fact that James has nicked my car and I'm not sure if I can fit the Trice in the A4, I'm going to give it a miss. I shall miss you all dearly, of course. Have a brill time and both Uncle James and I will see you next week.

I'm bailing out, going to keep more local and save my legs for tomorrow and Saturday.

See you two some other time then.

I won't be there next week (25th) since mrs_o has prior dibs on that night, which is a shame since the venue is the Viper, a pub which I still haven't visited, and was quite looking forward to. 

We shall have to raise a glass to absent friends tonight.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 18, 2009, 06:56:18 pm
We shall have to raise a glass to absent friends tonight.
And a teapot!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 19, 2009, 12:40:08 am
We shall have to raise a glass to absent friends tonight.
And a teapot!

No teapots were troubled in the course of our enjoyment.

Nelson's Blood was quaffed, Golden Boars were slain, Puck's Folly's were correctly pronounced, and Winter Ales were, well, wintry and ale-like.

Nobody fell in the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, despite the best efforts of our new attendee, Steve, who fell near it on the way there, and chief who fell (very comically) at the same point on the way back.

Two p*nct*res were mended, hopefully the second time we finally got out the flint that caused it (only time will tell if chief gets home without another faery visitation).

We also got a very convincing sale spitch form the landlord of the Maltsters Arms at Heybridge (which ahs been on my personal list for a while (... c.f. one of the first routes I cooked up (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/5-pubs-from-the-GBG)).

A little under 13 miles, mostly (mildly) off-road, in great company.

Oh, and after judicious goading, OD went through the lake I dodged earlier in the day.  chief then sprinted through at at least 17mph on his Dawes tourer, leaving myself and Steve unable to chicken out without losing too much face.



Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on November 19, 2009, 01:56:24 am

Good to meet Steve mkII this evening, hopefully we didn’t scare you too much :o

Did enjoy the stack earlier, really must get used to these clip in things.  Must admit the more experienced a cyclist I’ve become the longer I stay lying on the floor laughing when it does happen :D

"If I can make it back to terling I'll ride the thing home on the rim if need be" were my parting words to Oaky

Well I didn't make it to Terling before I felt some wobbling in the back end area   :facepalm:

But a quick go with the pump revealed a slow puncture.  Now then, I've already been through two tubes this evening can I nurse this slow puncture back home including the section near our travelling friends?  It was worth a punt and it paid off with just four stops to give the kiss of life to the back tyre. 

Sorry for those I delayed this evening and big thanks to Oaky for staying back with me to ensure I had the best shot of getting home this evening  :thumbsup:

All in all, wouldn't of missed it for the world  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 19, 2009, 09:19:23 am
A giggle as always.  With one or two notable exceptions it wasn't as wet and muddy as I had anticipated.  I think the kinky rubber booties were a bit OTT.  It was also very mild so I was overdressed as per usual.

The one disappointment was my CO2 inflator.  Over the last 12 months I have had cause to use it 3 times, twice to help other people.  Twice the damn thing hasn't worked   >:( Investigations are in hand.

By the way Oaky, according to Twinkle Toes if I'm horrible to you on the interweb I am guilty of cyber bullying  ;D  You can always rely on a 9 year old to keep you on the straight and narrow! 

Anyhow, thanks to all for a fun night.  I hope to be with the Pompey crew next week so I will see you the week after - if we're spared.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: hasy64 on November 19, 2009, 09:33:16 am

Good to meet Steve mkII this evening, hopefully we didn’t scare you too much :o

Did enjoy the stack earlier, really must get used to these clip in things.  Must admit the more experienced a cyclist I’ve become the longer I stay lying on the floor laughing when it does happen :D

"If I can make it back to terling I'll ride the thing home on the rim if need be" were my parting words to Oaky

Well I didn't make it to Terling before I felt some wobbling in the back end area   :facepalm:

But a quick go with the pump revealed a slow puncture.  Now then, I've already been through two tubes this evening can I nurse this slow puncture back home including the section near our travelling friends?  It was worth a punt and it paid off with just four stops to give the kiss of life to the back tyre. 

Sorry for those I delayed this evening and big thanks to Oaky for staying back with me to ensure I had the best shot of getting home this evening  :thumbsup:

All in all, wouldn't of missed it for the world  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 19, 2009, 09:45:54 am
^^^  I don't think you've got that quite right fella.  Give me a call if you need a bit of help  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 19, 2009, 09:54:58 am
^^^  I don't think you've got that quite right fella.  Give me a call if you need a bit of help  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 19, 2009, 09:55:36 am
 ;D  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 19, 2009, 12:07:46 pm
I've got a mate that looks like a Telly Tubby!
...
Git.

I know I promised to destroy the negatives, but I didn't ...
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 19, 2009, 12:11:02 pm
^^^  That my friend is very funny. 

And by the way you're a bigger git than me!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on November 19, 2009, 05:05:00 pm
By the way Oaky, according to Twinkle Toes if I'm horrible to you on the interweb I am guilty of cyber bullying  ;D
What this forum needs is a big, red, help button!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 20, 2009, 01:41:49 am
By the way Oaky, according to Twinkle Toes if I'm horrible to you on the interweb I am guilty of cyber bullying  ;D
What this forum needs is a big, red, help button!

Zackly!!! Wiith all the cyber-bullying I've been subjected to, and the current  press BeMyFaceBoBookSpaceCrap discussions about "teh magick police protexion button innit" I was thinking much the same thing.

Do we need to restart this thread in "Office Reception" or sumfink or should I just rely on me Essex mates to "make like Keith Moon" on my tormentor's "donkey"?


















 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
 :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2009, 06:03:52 am
I think we need a Playground Monitor to ensure we all play nicely and no-one's tent gets widdled on (eh Mr "look at me I'm so innocent and have got far too much time on my hands and can spend hours messing about with Photoshop" Oaky???  O:-) )

Were's that Auntie Helen woman?   ;D

By the way: Have you noticed how this thread and the Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub thread are right up there in terms of the number of views on the Rides and Touring board?  There are clearly a lot of Essex wannabes out there.  Who'd of thought!  Come and join us folks, move to Essex!

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on November 20, 2009, 10:30:49 am
By the way: Have you noticed how this thread and the Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub thread are right up there in terms of the number of views on the Rides and Touring board?

It's me - I have them open all day, hitting the F5 key every 10 seconds  :P.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on November 20, 2009, 10:33:29 am
No surprise really. What other part of the world can match Essex when it comes to combining cycling and drinking? :D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 20, 2009, 10:49:35 am
No surprise really. What other part of the world can match Essex when it comes to combining cycling and drinking? :D

We've certainly put in a lot of effort to research the optimal combination of the two pastimes.

I wonder if we could lend more local flavour to the art-form:  neon-blue light under the BB?  whopping great wing on the rack?  ;D

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2009, 10:52:16 am
Adopt more urban forum handles?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 20, 2009, 10:56:25 am
It's me - I have them open all day, hitting the F5 key every 10 seconds  :P.

Aha - I'm not the only one then ;) ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2009, 10:58:45 am
It's me - I have them open all day, hitting the F5 key every 10 seconds  :P.

Aha - I'm not the only one then ;) ;D

I never realised F5 did that.  What else am I missing?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 20, 2009, 10:59:28 am
It's me - I have them open all day, hitting the F5 key every 10 seconds  :P.

Aha - I'm not the only one then ;) ;D

I never realised F5 did that.  What else am I missing?

You do know about the "Any" key,  I assume?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2009, 11:01:14 am
It's me - I have them open all day, hitting the F5 key every 10 seconds  :P.

Aha - I'm not the only one then ;) ;D

I never realised F5 did that.  What else am I missing?

You do know about the "Any" key,  I assume?

There @re so m@ny keys.  You c@n't expect me to know @bout them @ll  ::-)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on November 20, 2009, 11:03:10 am
I wonder if we could lend more local flavour to the art-form

For your Christmas do I will be dying my hair blonde, wearing fake nails and thigh high boots, and drinking alcopops.

Much of this is a lie
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on November 20, 2009, 11:05:42 am
I wonder if we could lend more local flavour to the art-form

For your Christmas do I will be dying my hair blonde, wearing fake nails and thigh high boots, and drinking alcopops.

Much of this is a lie

Well, just in case any of it isn't, this thread is useless without etc etc etc ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2009, 11:19:21 am
I wonder if we could lend more local flavour to the art-form

For your Christmas do I will be dying my hair blonde, wearing fake nails and thigh high boots, and drinking alcopops.

Much of this is a lie

No you're bloody well not cos I was going to do all that!!!  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on November 20, 2009, 11:26:57 am
Happy without pictures of that, thank you :hand:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on November 20, 2009, 11:31:07 am
This I believe:
dying my hair blonde, wearing fake nails and thigh high boots

This I don't...
drinking alcopops.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on November 20, 2009, 11:40:34 am
It's me - I have them open all day, hitting the F5 key every 10 seconds  :P.

Aha - I'm not the only one then ;) ;D

I never realised F5 did that.  What else am I missing?


Longer term, Alt F4 may be healthier for us   :o
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2009, 11:43:50 am
This I believe:
dying my hair blonde, wearing fake nails and thigh high boots

This I don't...
drinking alcopops.


You know me so well!  Have we met?

Now then let's try Alt F4
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2009, 11:44:37 am
I'm back!  Where did you all go?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on November 20, 2009, 11:47:59 am
I was hiding behind your monitor - can't speak for anyone else ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2009, 11:51:00 am
I was hiding behind your monitor - can't speak for anyone else ;D

Blimey!  You're in London (I presume) and I'm in Essex and I hit Alt F4 and you leap behind my monitor  :o  I'll have to be more careful in the future.  Sorry!

Which function keys do I need to use in order to take control of Cheryl Cole?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on November 20, 2009, 11:51:48 am
I'm sorry, sir, that's classified information.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on November 20, 2009, 12:15:11 pm
Which function keys do I need to use in order to take control of Cheryl Cole?

Alt :
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2009, 12:17:59 pm
Which function keys do I need to use in order to take control of Cheryl Cole?

Alt :

That makes things go up and down but nothing belonging to Ms Cole.  Tragic
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on November 20, 2009, 12:41:32 pm
Well, I wish she'd pull her trousers up. </nagging old granny>
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 21, 2009, 01:03:45 am
I think we need a Playground Monitor to ensure we all play nicely and no-one's tent gets widdled on

top camping tip ... don't eat yellow icicles.

(artist's impression of the view from OD's tent in January:-

(http://www.oakden.eclipse.co.uk/mark/bike/yacf/pics/icicles.jpg))
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 21, 2009, 02:34:24 am
Back to the proper topic of the thread, ... we have a small number of remaining fixtures scheduled this year

And the (non-mid-week) Christmas Do (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=25670.0) on Friday the 11th Dec.

Once we run off the end of the list,  I believe the plan was that it would roll around again (see the link in my signature for the details of the whole list).  I suggest that the participants in the last few MEMWNS outings of the current cycle (i.e. those above) spend some time discussing the list in time for the rollover date.  (I'm happy to do something different/out of the schedule for e.g. 23rd Dec, if anyone else wants to come out to play, I don't know how many might make it out on the 16th Dec ... I might - depends how unhealthy I feel after th 9th and 11th ;))
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 21, 2009, 08:51:31 am
Thank you for your tips Mr O.  I rely on you to keep me on the straight and narrow   ::-)  And now back to pub cycling ...

Whilst there are some pubs I would love to visit again, there are also some new ones I think we should attempt to visit:  Railway Tavern (Southminster), Hurdlemakers (visited before but not for a while), The Swan (Bures), Malsters Arms (Heybridge), Five Bells (Colne Engaine) Strangers Home Inn (nr Manningtree) and The Viper (to be missed by some of us on the current cycle) to name just a few.

There are also some special edition rides we could undertake.  For example, in one night we could do all the Compasses pubs that go to make up  The Great Essex Mystery. (http://www.vulpeculox.net/misc/mystery.htm)

Also, the emphasis of these rides was supposed to be riding not drinking.  Judging by the state of some of our members (no names etc) I feel we have some way to go before we can truthfully say we have achieved this objective  ;D  So, perhaps we can attempt some longer routes with two pub stops which might be useful as the nights get colder.  These longer rides could be interspersed with shorter ones.

What do we think?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 21, 2009, 09:04:37 am
What do we think?

Excellent proposals. 

Seconded.  Apart from the bit about not drinking, obviously - whatever next?  Tea?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 21, 2009, 09:09:12 am
What do we think?

Excellent proposals. 

Seconded.  Apart from the bit about not drinking, obviously - whatever next?  Tea?

I'm not saying no drinking, I'm saying less drinking.  You should get a hip flask, or a brewery dray to follow you round (although the Shire Horses might not be able to keep up with you).  Tea is fine.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 21, 2009, 09:52:39 am
What do we think?

Excellent proposals. 

Seconded.  Apart from the bit about not drinking, obviously - whatever next?  Tea?

I'm not saying no drinking, I'm saying less drinking.  You should get a hip flask, or a brewery dray to follow you round (although the Shire Horses might not be able to keep up with you).  Tea is fine.

http://www.18bikes.co.uk/news.php?articleshow=64 (http://www.18bikes.co.uk/news.php?articleshow=64)
http://mrnatty.blogspot.com/2009/10/bike-hip-flask.html (http://mrnatty.blogspot.com/2009/10/bike-hip-flask.html)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 21, 2009, 09:57:11 am
^^^ That would look real good tucked under a Brooks honey saddle.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 21, 2009, 10:02:11 am
^^^ That would look real good tucked under a Brooks honey saddle.

You could use it to carry emergency bottom-ointment in case you're ever forced to ride on one.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 21, 2009, 10:03:15 am
^^^ That would look real good tucked under a Brooks honey saddle.

You could use it to carry emergency bottom-ointment in case you're ever forced to ride on one.

 :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on November 21, 2009, 09:04:28 pm
Urine soaked tents aside  :-X, I'll be attending a c*r related club this Wednesday evening so won't be able to make it to the Viper, but, will definitely make it along to Fuller Street on the 2nd.

Marathon plus's and brand new tubes are now fitted to the Dawes so hopefully no more p**cture delays for me  :thumbsup:

Spotted this O.D for your App related mindset http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/ (http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 22, 2009, 09:39:41 am
Very good chief. 

Of course you realise that there will be a horrendous forfeit payable by you for forsaking your cycling chums in order to go to a car club.  We will have a think and let you know.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on November 22, 2009, 04:46:41 pm
Funnily enough that's pretty much what the car club said  :-*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 22, 2009, 05:03:34 pm
Sounds like you need to sort your life out chief as you're not keeping either camp happy. Sometimes you gotta choose.  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on November 22, 2009, 05:17:55 pm
I think I'll decide based on the forfeits  :o
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 22, 2009, 05:28:45 pm
So anyone got any ideas about a route for this Wednesday? Who is planning to attend? Does the Viper do puddings?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on November 22, 2009, 06:50:22 pm
Hmm! The Viper, eh? I detect a rail ticket to Ingatestone coming on.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 22, 2009, 10:11:04 pm
Unfortunately, I won't be making it to the Viper on the 25th.  :'(

Have a good one.  I'll be back on track for the following one (2nd Dec).

OD and I were musing earlier today having a specific planning meeting, probably somewhere more amenable to Southenders.  The Prince of Wales at Stow Maries sounds about right.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 23, 2009, 09:57:20 am

OD and I were musing earlier today having a specific planning meeting, probably somewhere more amenable to Southenders.  The Prince of Wales at Stow Maries sounds about right.

The thought was that we change the 2nd December venue from The Square and Compasses to Prince of Wales and have this as our planning session.  Therefore it would be easier for the Southend crew to attend.  Which is fine but ...

I might return home before last orders cos I have an early start the following morning.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on November 23, 2009, 10:50:17 am
So anyone got any ideas about a route for this Wednesday? Who is planning to attend? Does the Viper do puddings?

Only if you count pickled eggs as pudding  :P

No food on evenings, but tea will be served.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 23, 2009, 06:45:11 pm
Very unsure about my attendance at any more of these events in the future.

I just received this PM from one of the attendees, y'see:

Quote
You madam, are going to get the biggest, wettest most sloppy kiss I can muster when I next see you!

...and it wasn't from Uncle James
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 23, 2009, 06:49:05 pm
Very unsure about my attendance at any more of these events in the future.

I just received this PM from one of the attendees, y'see:

Quote
You madam, are going to get the biggest, wettest most sloppy kiss I can muster when I next see you!

...and it wasn't from Uncle James

 ;D  You get what you deserve in life!   :-*  And you have performed AaBtCoD  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on November 24, 2009, 12:29:43 pm
I should be on for this tomorrow. What's the route? Not decided yet whether to head for Witham after work, or ride home to Chelmsford first, and then onto the Viper from there.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 24, 2009, 12:45:05 pm
I should be on for this tomorrow. What's the route? Not decided yet whether to head for Witham after work, or ride home to Chelmsford first, and then onto the Viper from there.

Me un Oaky aren't going tomorrow night.  I'm down in Portsmouth and Oaky is doing something else, can't remember what: baby sitting / washing his hair / fixing his bike (delete as applicable). Therefore swinging by Witham is probably unnecessary.

Have fun though  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 24, 2009, 02:59:15 pm
I'm looking unlikely for this due to a ride on Thursday and looking-after-the-dogness on Wednesday.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 24, 2009, 07:06:25 pm
   Well, I'm going, anyway! Probably be there for about 8. Meanwhile there are two bikes to fettle; hopefully I'll have fixed one by tomorrow evening! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on November 25, 2009, 10:35:44 am
I'll see if I can channel bobb, and suggest a ride up from Chelmsford. I could definitely go for a pint of their Jake The Snake.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 26, 2009, 08:51:08 pm
   It was just little old me :(-mind you I was running a bit late, so I had a pint and chatted to a couple of ladeez (nocturnal runners-must be mad tee hee). Nice moonlit ride, though a trifle blowy on the way out: 38 miles in total and nothing came undone on the newly fettled Poppy, which can't be bad. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 26, 2009, 09:42:36 pm
   It was just little old me :(-mind you I was running a bit late, so I had a pint and chatted to a couple of ladeez (nocturnal runners-must be mad tee hee). Nice moonlit ride, though a trifle blowy on the way out: 38 miles in total and nothing came undone on the newly fettled Poppy, which can't be bad. :thumbsup:

Blimey -- sorry to hear you were on your own.  :'(

I'll definitely be on the next one.

Unless anyone objects, I'm going to change the destination for next week's ride from the Square and Compasses to The Prince of Wales at Stow Maries, as suggested by OD, since this one is ridable from most of the "Manor".  We really need to get a planning session in, and for this, "the more, the merrier" is an excellent motto!  I have amended the venue list (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=24967.msg447684#msg447684) accordingly.

(Of course, if anyone wants to have an ad-hoc, out of sequence, outing to the S&C some other time to make up for missing it, I would be easily persuadable, although my availability is dropping as December looms  :()
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 27, 2009, 08:37:40 am
Tomsk - sorry you were Billy no Mates!

Yes, there should be no reason why I can't make the Prince of Wales next week.  As previously mentioned I may not stay until the bitter end as I have an early start on Thursday.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 27, 2009, 09:49:03 am
TAs previously mentioned I may not stay until the bitter end as I have an early start on Thursday.

It'd be quite late when they ran out of bitter -- they had 6 pumps on last time we were there (OK - one of those was mild, rather than bitter)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 27, 2009, 09:51:12 am
TAs previously mentioned I may not stay until the bitter end as I have an early start on Thursday.

It'd be quite late when they ran out of bitter -- they had 6 pumps on last time we were there (OK - one of those was mild, rather than bitter)

I'll leave early so there's more left for you!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 29, 2009, 01:50:31 pm
Uncle James and I send apologies for this Wednesday's beerage but we have a prior engagement.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 29, 2009, 07:24:58 pm
    Apologies too for Wednesday, as its my monthly book-club meeting.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 30, 2009, 10:42:54 am
Bugger, I had plans for you two.  You'll just have to accept whatever evil plans we come up with  ;D

PS - Wednesday evening looks like being a tad moist and a little chilly.  This may provide the first opportunity to break out my new Winter Hat.  The combination of my new Winter Hat, Rain Legs and rubber booties may prove to be most excellent.  Expect to see my new look replicated on the catwalks of Milan on Thursday morning.  Kate Moss will want me to be her new style guru.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 30, 2009, 06:12:06 pm
Bugger, I had plans for you two.  You'll just have to accept whatever evil plans we come up with  ;D

PS - Wednesday evening looks like being a tad moist and a little chilly.  This may provide the first opportunity to break out my new Winter Hat.  The combination of my new Winter Hat, Rain Legs and rubber booties may prove to be most excellent.  Expect to see my new look replicated on the catwalks of Milan on Thursday morning.  Kate Moss will want me to be her new style guru.

I'm quivering in anticipation.  ;D

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 30, 2009, 06:17:12 pm
And so you should. It takes a certain sort of man to wear a hat like mine and you're not it - sorry.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on November 30, 2009, 06:21:58 pm
And so you should. It takes a certain sort of man to wear a hat like mine and you're not it - sorry.

The Prince of Wales is a respectable establishment, you know.  Don't get us all barred just to give your fetish gear an outing.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on November 30, 2009, 10:19:58 pm
hhhhmmmm.....    I might be free this wednesday...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on November 30, 2009, 10:41:18 pm
I might get the train out, given that I'm working, but the weather is looking decidedly iffy.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 01, 2009, 05:40:28 am
Come on you two!  We need you, bring Del.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 01, 2009, 09:07:01 pm
Come on you two!  We need you, bring Del.

Yes - wow & nutty do please come along!  I'll obviously do what I can to keep OD's "evil plans"  :demon: in check, but the more the merrier :)  It'd also be great to see del again too, unless he's too busy breaking home appliances.

A reprise of a photo from our last visit is in order, to wet appetites:-

(http://www.oakden.eclipse.co.uk/mark/bike/yacf/pics/pumps.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on December 01, 2009, 10:50:45 pm
Oh, it's that pub. It was indeed very nice. Looks like they did good food too (I had some choccie fudge cake dessert). Sorry I can't make it along tomorrow.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on December 01, 2009, 11:12:09 pm
I have arranged to have my evening meal at 5.15 p.m., catch the 7.48 train to Wickford (8.05) and then cycle to Stow Maries (about 8 miles). I will then ride home. Well, after enough time in the pub not to make it look as though I'm being churlish (about closing time should do).

I should arrive before 9 p.m.

If it's pissing down there may well be a change of plan.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 02, 2009, 08:50:51 am
My evil plan isn't evil at all so fear not.

If you look at the regular attendees it is clear we have people from distinct geographical areas with vast amounts of local knowledge we could tap into.  For me, the joy of these rides has been going to areas (albeit in the dark) and pubs I've not been to before.

So, interspersed amongst the regular rides we could have nights where someone hosts a ride and picks a route that shows off their area to best effect.  Some of us could buddy up, for example bob and TOKaMaK could do the Chelmsford area and the Southend crew could club together.  Personally I don't think it's a problem if some of us have to use trains and cars to get to the start of a hosted ride.

What do we think?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: mike on December 02, 2009, 08:59:44 am
if anyone fancies a mountaineering trip to the summit of Essex, I'm very happy to host / guide a ride!

from wikipedia:
The highest point of the county of Essex is Chrishall Common near the village of Langley, close to the Hertfordshire border, which reaches 482 feet (147 m)

it's quite a trek from Southend.

edit:
it's on peakbagger!  Chrishall Common - Peakbagger.com (http://peakbagger.com/peak.aspx?pid=9513)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 02, 2009, 09:15:07 am
if anyone fancies a mountaineering trip to the summit of Essex, I'm very happy to host / guide a ride!

from wikipedia:
The highest point of the county of Essex is Chrishall Common near the village of Langley, close to the Hertfordshire border, which reaches 482 feet (147 m)

it's quite a trek from Southend.

edit:
it's on peakbagger!  Chrishall Common - Peakbagger.com (http://peakbagger.com/peak.aspx?pid=9513)

Sounds like a stunning idea Mike!  Pick a Wednesday which suits you.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on December 02, 2009, 09:18:14 am
I had planned to attend this evening but now won't be able to make it.

Have a good one
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 02, 2009, 09:23:06 am
Possible re-think about tonight

Given numbers seem to be dropping and Oaky possibly can't start till 7ish and I don't want a late night and Wow is using a train, can we go back to the Square and Compasses as the venue tonight???

Wow, could you get the train to Witham or Hatty Pev???

I don't mind sticking to the Prince of Wales but The S&C might work better for us all.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 02, 2009, 09:25:20 am
if anyone fancies a mountaineering trip to the summit of Essex, I'm very happy to host / guide a ride!

from wikipedia:
The highest point of the county of Essex is Chrishall Common near the village of Langley, close to the Hertfordshire border, which reaches 482 feet (147 m)

it's quite a trek from Southend.

edit:
it's on peakbagger!  Chrishall Common - Peakbagger.com (http://peakbagger.com/peak.aspx?pid=9513)

Sounds like a stunning idea Mike!  Pick a Wednesday which suits you.

Yep -- I'd be up for that.  I've been up there before, on the Windmill Ride Audax (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Windmill-Ride-210km) (With around 90 miles in the legs by that point).  There's  a very nice windmill around there, which was especially welcoming on that day in the heat and after the climb since bananas and water were on offer.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 02, 2009, 09:27:37 am
Possible re-think about tonight

Given numbers seem to be dropping and Oaky possibly can't start till 7ish and I don't want a late night and Wow is using a train, can we go back to the Square and Compasses as the venue tonight???

Wow, could you get the train to Witham or Hatty Pev???

I don't mind sticking to the Prince of Wales but The S&C might work better for us all.

As it turns out,  I can start earlier again (e.g. 6:30 as usual).  I'm happy to go with the flow regarding venue.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 02, 2009, 09:34:21 am
I think its just you, me and the Southend crew so will depend on whether they are willing to journey to Fuller Street.  Let's see what develops during the day.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on December 02, 2009, 11:08:15 am
I'm not going all the way to Fuller Street. I wouldn't get to Witham much before 9.

In a couple of weeks I'll not be teaching. It will  make life lots easier - assuming you're going out on 16th?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 02, 2009, 11:18:20 am
I'm definitely out I'm afraid  :( >:(

I dozed off last night and so have got behind with too much stuff  :-[
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 02, 2009, 11:22:30 am
Sooooooooooooo, what do we want to do?  PoW or S&C?

Given this was supposed to be a planning session would people be comfortable with me and Oaky being a couple of benign dictators enthroned in the S&C or would a wider audience like to be involved at the PoW?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on December 02, 2009, 11:45:48 am
Since I'm not a regular attendee I'm happy with Benign Dictators. (Do dictators come in pairs?  ::-)) You sort yourselves out and I'll attend as and when I can.  :thumbsup:

P.S. mike, make it a summer evening.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 02, 2009, 12:16:40 pm
Forecast for tonight: wet, cold and a strong southerly wind.  Defo new winter hat weather.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on December 02, 2009, 12:21:22 pm
Benign dictators are OK by me in this context. Since I am never likely to be a regular attender to these mid-week sessions I'll just fit in when I can.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 02, 2009, 12:45:48 pm
Groovy. 

Looks like a convening of the Benign Dictatorship Grand Council at the Square & Compasses tonight.  The Benign Dictators being myself and Oaky.  However, should anyone else be in the area feel free to drop by.

Oaky, wanna swing by my garage door?  If so, what time?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 02, 2009, 01:56:49 pm
Groovy. 

Looks like a convening of the Benign Dictatorship Grand Council at the Square & Compasses tonight. The Benign Dictators being myself and Oaky. 

MWUAHAHAHAHA!  :demon:

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However, should anyone else be in the area feel free to drop by.

Oaky, wanna swing by my garage door?  If so, what time?

Either 6:30-ish or 7:15-ish work for me.  What do you prefer?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 02, 2009, 01:59:47 pm
Groovy. 

Looks like a convening of the Benign Dictatorship Grand Council at the Square & Compasses tonight. The Benign Dictators being myself and Oaky. 

MWUAHAHAHAHA!  :demon:

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However, should anyone else be in the area feel free to drop by.

Oaky, wanna swing by my garage door?  If so, what time?

Either 6:30-ish or 7:15-ish work for me.  What do you prefer?

6:30 would be better as I don't need a late night.  Got to be in Warwick first thing tomorrow morning - deep and abounding joy!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on December 02, 2009, 05:40:58 pm
I'm about to leave work, and will be going through Great Leighs on my way home - would be too early for ducking off to Fuller Street to meet you guys, but I'm too knackered to be out any later! Have fun.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on December 02, 2009, 07:32:14 pm
Surely nobody sane has ventured out tonight?!!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: FatBloke on December 02, 2009, 07:43:36 pm
Surely nobody sane has ventured out tonight?!!
Well, we haven't!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on December 02, 2009, 08:23:39 pm
I just rode a very wet mile home from my evening appointment. It was not raining when I left home just before 6. It was 'orrible and wet just now. Fortunately I possess more than one pair of trousers and one pair of socks.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 02, 2009, 09:49:26 pm
Me, Oaky and chief did. Wasn't that wet. I left early, the other two are still there!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 02, 2009, 11:06:14 pm
Surely nobody sane has ventured out tonight?!!

Well I didn't take the shortest route home from work  ;D

But I didn't leave work until 18:15  >:(  And it's been a rush ever since then  :-\  Maybe I'll go out for a walk in a minute to chill out.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 02, 2009, 11:33:34 pm
Me, Oaky and chief did. Wasn't that wet. I left early, the other two are still there!

Very WET now.  I rode through rivers to get home.  chief has a "deep dark secret" regarding his route home that shall not be revealed.

I have the OD (and co-conspirators') "evil plan" minutes in my pannier, and will write them up soon, but probably not until tomorrow night.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 02, 2009, 11:34:28 pm
sane

In this thread?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on December 03, 2009, 11:25:57 am
As I left work last night the rain started to come down heavier, it's stayed fairly heavy for the for the 40 minutes or so that it took me to cycle home, it eased up just as rolled down my road ::-).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 09, 2009, 12:07:00 am
BTW -- the last scheduled ride in the current series (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=24967.0) is tomorrow night, to the White Hart at Margaretting Tye.

I'm not going to be able to make that one though (mrs_o is out).  I won't be around the week after (16th Dec) either, although there is a possibility I might be able to come out to play on the 23rd (which coincides with the Compasses at Littley Green's carol singing night, IIRC).

We decided to start the new MEMWNS series on 6th Jan.  I'll post the list we came up with along with the details of OD's EVIL PLANTM as soon as we've ironed out a couple of things we didn't determine on the night.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 09, 2009, 01:16:02 am
I won't be there (as usual  ::-)) as I'm on taxi driver duty for Mrs Nutty's work do.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on December 09, 2009, 08:20:13 am
Shan't be there tonight folks - not with an expedition westwards on Friday. Too many journeys down the A12 are not good for one's mental balance.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 09, 2009, 08:22:47 am
I'm not riding tonight and I suspect I won't do anymore Wednesday rides until the new series starts in 2010.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on December 09, 2009, 08:31:35 am
Hmmph! Just as I become available everyone else buggers off.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on December 09, 2009, 05:45:18 pm
Just to say, I'm saving myself for Friday ;D! And I won't be allowed out to play at all if I haven't earned the Brownie points with them indoors. Oh dear, so sad :(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 10, 2009, 09:18:02 am
MINUTES OF MEETING OF THE MEMWNS BENIGN DICTATORSHIP 2/12/2009

Location: Square and Compasses
Present: Oscars dad, chief, Oaky

We decided that since there were three of us present, and had prior backing of the group for benign dictatorship duties, we would proceed as a triumvirate to plan the first half of next year.

A new feature of the MEMWNS rides was proposed by Oscars dad, and unanimously accepted (see "THE EVIL PLAN" below).

A pub list and victim list were thrashed out, with reference to the original list and several bang up to date pub/beer/AA guides, thoughtfully provided by the Square and Compasses.

Beer was consumed, mostly a Boggart's brew called "Ray of Sunshine", I believe.  Snacks were eaten.

Business was concluded and OD shipped off home early to prepare for driving at silly-o'clock the next morning.

THE EVIL PLAN

As well as the current format rides (well, more a list of pubs and dates), we have decided to make one Wednesday a month into a hosted ride, where a carefully selected list of GENIAL HOSTS will show us the delights of their neck of the woods.  These will almost certainly have at the very least a rail-and-ride component for people not local to the area in question.

We have "volunteered" a likely list of folks to lead rides (See "GENIAL HOSTS" below), and allocated them to dates in the "PUBLIST" section.  These are obviously not set in stone.  If anyone we've victimised below doesn't want to lead one then let us know.  Likewise if you aren't named, but want to, shout up!

THE PUBLIST

There is a Google Map (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=103493605790880807618.000475f5e6958b193543d&ll=51.844263,0.626221&spn=0.709283,1.667175&z=9) listing all of the locations in this list as well as some previous ones that don't explicitly appear.  I have siphoned these off into a separate thread (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=27343.0) to make them easier to find (since we're now on page 45 or so of this one).  The separate thread will be the canonical/authoritative listing!

EDIT:  I have now elided the list from this thread --- the other thread linked above is now the repository for the list.

THE VICTIMS GENIAL HOSTS

Oscars dad (Various compasses)
Oaky (Witham/Totham/Maldon pub crawl loop)
chief (assorted bridleway stuff -- not too off-roady)
The Southenders (wowbagger, delthebike, ?nuttycyclist?, ...)
Tokamak+bobb (the delights of Chelmsford and environs)
Tomsk (Dunmow)
Auntie Helen+Uncle James (Tendring)
mike (That's what you get for volunteering to show people the highest point :)
special guest host - a certain Jon, not (yet?) of this forum.

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 10, 2009, 09:21:19 am
^^^  A big thank you to Mr Oaky for doing all this hard work  :thumbsup:

PS: you forgot to mention that you fell off on your way home from this planning session.  I do hope your broken rib gets better soon but I hope you won't mind if I snigger a bit  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 10, 2009, 09:26:36 am
Hmmph! Just as I become available everyone else buggers off.

I can't come out on the 16th (chess match), but may well be doing an extraordinary outing with mrs_o on the 23rd, subject to persuading the in-laws to babysit.  Tentative at present.

I think the Compasses at Littley Green has carol singing1 that night.  I may have to grudgingly take a ride out there one afternoon to double check  ;).

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 10, 2009, 09:30:06 am
^^^  A big thank you to Mr Oaky for doing all this hard work  :thumbsup:

PS: you forgot to mention that you fell off on your way home from this planning session.  I do hope your broken rib gets better soon but I hope you won't mind if I snigger a bit  ;D

 :)

Actually,  if you could do all my hearty laughing for me until it clears up a bit, that'd help.  Perhaps you could read any RANTs posted by Mr. Larrington to save me from pain --- the last one I read damn near killed me.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 10, 2009, 09:38:31 am
^^^  A big thank you to Mr Oaky for doing all this hard work  :thumbsup:

PS: you forgot to mention that you fell off on your way home from this planning session.  I do hope your broken rib gets better soon but I hope you won't mind if I snigger a bit  ;D

 :)

Actually,  if you could do all my hearty laughing for me until it clears up a bit, that'd help.  Perhaps you could read any RANTs posted by Mr. Larrington to save me from pain --- the last one I read damn near killed me.

I'll try.  Just don't ask me to do your drinking as I'm not sure my liver could cope.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 10, 2009, 09:51:32 am
ADDENDUM TO THE MINUTES

Please note that one of the pubs in the publist is in SUFFOLK.

It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that their own visa, passport and vaccinations are all up to date before attempting the border crossing.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on December 10, 2009, 06:15:52 pm
    Planning.....I like it, might catch on.
    Well done those three wise men.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 10, 2009, 06:26:08 pm
The D-Day landings and the subsequent liberation of Europe was less complex. Oaky did most of the work.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on December 10, 2009, 11:29:25 pm
The D-Day landings and the subsequent liberation of Europe was less complex. Oaky did most of the work.

Blimey! He doesn't look old enough.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 11, 2009, 03:21:39 pm
^^^  A big thank you to Mr Oaky for doing all this hard work  :thumbsup:

PS: you forgot to mention that you fell off on your way home from this planning session.  I do hope your broken rib gets better soon but I hope you won't mind if I snigger a bit  ;D

 :)

Actually,  if you could do all my hearty laughing for me until it clears up a bit, that'd help.  Perhaps you could read any RANTs posted by Mr. Larrington to save me from pain --- the last one I read damn near killed me.

Wouldn't you know it -- bikeradar publish this helpful guide (http://www.bikeradar.com/fitness/article/technique-crashing-for-dummies-24316) just too late for me.

I think this --> (http://cdn.mos.bikeradar.com/images/news/2009/12/10/1260441988275-14jly1qd0yj38-500-90-500-70.jpg) <-- was me
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 22, 2009, 08:09:00 pm
I can't come out on the 16th (chess match), but may well be doing an extraordinary outing with mrs_o on the 23rd, subject to persuading the in-laws to babysit.  Tentative at present.

I think the Compasses at Littley Green has carol singing1 that night.  I may have to grudgingly take a ride out there one afternoon to double check  ;).

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Having, earlier today, seen just the bottom end of the road I'd be taking out of Witham to get to the Compasses, I can pretty much say right now that I'm not going out tomorrow night (23rd)  unless there's a mahoosive change in conditions between now and then (and right now it's subzero again, so I doubt it).

I shall stay home and make inroads into my stock of Mighty Oak X Mouse Ale (http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/latestnews/Christmas-cheer-Mighty-Oak/article-1561331-detail/article.html) and Madeira wine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW_zi8n4HDQ) instead.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 22, 2009, 08:11:44 pm
I am seriously fed up with the ice. Me un Twinkle Toes could have been out loads if the roads hadn't so bad. Not happy.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: mike on December 23, 2009, 10:05:21 am
Excellent, I've been volunteered!  I was avoiding this thread just in case someone wanted to do it by mountainbike in the snow... :D

All should be good for that date, cheers Oaky
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on December 24, 2009, 04:06:52 pm
Excellent, I've been volunteered!  I was avoiding this thread just in case someone wanted to do it by mountainbike in the snow... :D

All should be good for that date, cheers Oaky

Excellent -- looking forward to it :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 03, 2010, 08:12:10 pm
    Can't make this weeks MEMWNS, its book-club again-haven't been to the 'Cats' for years, shame. Following week will be ok, weather permitting (my route to Blackmore is very laney, not fun if icy! I've told so many people about the camping weekend though, that I can't back out whatever the weather is like!!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 03, 2010, 08:26:19 pm
I won't be out this week as I knackered my shoulder coming off on ice on New Years Day. I am hoping a physio can sort me out so I am fit for the camping trip.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on January 03, 2010, 09:16:04 pm
Sorry to hear about the shoulder OD, hope it mends soon.

I'll be heading over to the Cats on Wednesday evening as long as I don't need to fit ice skates to the Dawes  :o

Cycled to friends in Bottisham last night and my goodness was it cold and slippy in places  :facepalm:  Still, the brandy soon warmed me up when I got there  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on January 03, 2010, 09:42:28 pm
Doubt I'll be there as my trike is still in bits in the dining room awaiting goodies from ICE which I shall order tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on January 04, 2010, 12:23:55 am
I won't be out this week as I knackered my shoulder coming off on ice on New Years Day. I am hoping a physio can sort me out so I am fit for the camping trip.

Ouch -- I didn't realise you were still suffering ... GWS

Where did you crash BTW?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 04, 2010, 05:24:49 am
Yup still hurty but getting better. I came off on a little up hill section of the Terling Bypass and survived. Then came off again on the hill down to the right hand bend up to the Square and Compasses in Fuller Street itself. That's when I hurt my shoulder.

It was ok at first and I easy got the bike onto and off the car roof. The next morning I was nearly sick getting out of bed the pain was so bad.

At least I have a legit excuse not to go to Exeter this week for work as I can't drive (changing gear hurts).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on January 05, 2010, 08:20:55 pm
As the conditions are looking even more treacherous for tomorrow night I'm going to bail on this one. Shame, was looking forward to a ride and a pint  :(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 05, 2010, 09:12:58 pm
    Get well soon OD - what you needed was a handy ditch with brambles to break your fall, as with my last major argument with gravity about three years ago (I don't count mtb-ing falls!) Hope you are mended in time for the expedition to the frozen wastes of Suffolk.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on January 05, 2010, 10:44:19 pm
As the conditions are looking even more treacherous for tomorrow night I'm going to bail on this one. Shame, was looking forward to a ride and a pint  :(

Yep - me too - the route was passable with care in this afternoon's sunshine, but I wouldn't fancy it after dark with tonight's light dusting of snow on top, and given that more is predicted for tomorrow (including heavy snow and -2C tomorrow night :() I'm bailing as well.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 10:46:25 pm
No-one fancy a trip to Edwardstone this weekend to give the "Frezia Bitszov" weekend a trial run?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 06, 2010, 09:33:24 am
Thanks for the good wishes Tom.  Following a visit to a very sexy physio in Chelmsford on Monday night I seem to be on the mend now.  I am aiming to be fit for the 16th.

Wow - I'd love to join you this weekend but think commonsense should prevail so I will decline.  Does this mean you're a definate for the real thing now ?   :demon:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on January 06, 2010, 10:15:05 am
I've never been a definate for anything.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on January 12, 2010, 07:56:39 pm
So... tomorrow night's venue is The Leather Bottle in Blackmore.

Unfortunately,  the Met Office seem to think that the thaw may not last that long with return to snow tomorrow (albeit light) and subzero temperatures (albeit only just) in the Chelmsford area (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ee/chelmsford_forecast_weather.html).

I'm going to see how it looks tomorrow before deciding for sure whether to risk the roads or not.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 12, 2010, 08:02:48 pm
I shall be saving my bent and broken body for the weekend.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on January 12, 2010, 09:22:53 pm
Unless the conditions improve I'm doubtful for tomorrow night also  >:(

Haven't been out on a bike for 10 days now  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 12, 2010, 10:33:18 pm
    Thinking about going to Blackmore tomorrow, if the weather behaves. Its been so long since I've ridden for more than an hour, I need to get out. Most of my route could be down the Ongar road and so ice free. We'll see.....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on January 13, 2010, 05:15:17 pm
James and I are both a 'no' for this as we're going out riding with Wowbagger tomorrow to do lots of miles and I've barely done any this year so my legs might fall off.

Tomsk, was that you I saw waving at me from a red van in Ardleigh about half an hour ago? It looked like you anyway!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on January 13, 2010, 06:14:25 pm
I'm now a "no" now myself -- our patio has frozen over already and it's usually a good guide for the condition of the lanes round here.

I was getting quite hopeful earlier since the snow was quite wet/sleety/rainy and wasn't sticking anywhere, but now that it's started to freeze already, I don't fancy it much.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 13, 2010, 06:27:02 pm
   Yup, freezing fast here, I'll go out tomorrow with Wow, AH & UJ.
   Helen-I have at least two dopplegangers: last year at Mildenhall, I was twice mistaken for someone else. Somewhere in the region there's a postman who is my spitting image. Weirdly, I look exactly like my maternal grandfather, (who died 15 years before I was born); I get odd looks sometimes from the older generation!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on January 20, 2010, 01:19:51 pm
NB regarding tonight's MEMWNS (20th January)

This was due to be Oscar's Dad's hosted ride, however his employer has rather unsportingly required his presence in distant parts this week.   :'(

So-- the weather report round here is looking like 2C and light rain, however mrs_o is hosting a knitting/gossiping circle tonight so I'm going out!  Hopefully the ice will stay at bay.

The only question is where to (and who else is up for an outing tonight).

Once OD has an idea when he'll definitely be around, I'll rejig the schedule again to reflect it, but for the time being, I will just swap his ride with a random date, and visit that pub tonight.  I'll make a final decision a little bit later when I know who's likely to come out to play. 

EDIT: Current thoughts are one of the Axe and Compasses (Aythorpe Roding),  Walnut Tree (Broads Green), The Hoop (Stock) or an emergency visit to the Compasses at Littley Green.

I'm probably in favour of the last option at the moment, but am open to suggestions from anyone coming along.

EDIT: Having received one reply via text so far, I've decided to go with the Compasses at Littley Green.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on January 20, 2010, 05:13:02 pm
Right - chief and I should be at the Compasses, Littley Green from about 8:15 onwards.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 20, 2010, 06:12:04 pm
   I'm free! The Compasses was almost my local when I was teaching at Felsted, back in the day. See you later.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 20, 2010, 08:02:24 pm
Lucky sods.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on January 21, 2010, 12:22:23 am
Lucky sods.

Sorry mate.  Muchos commiserations.

In your honour, chief, Tomsk and I dragged ourselves out on our bikes and forced pints of Wherry, Oscar Wilde and Adnams down.  just got back now.  The rain held off and I don't think it descended to the threatened 2C.

There is still snow on parts of the verges between Youngs End on the Great Slamsey's road and Littley Green though, which surprised me.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on January 23, 2010, 03:16:24 pm
So, Wednesday's ride is at the Axe and Compasses, Aythorpe Roding.  What route are the Witham contingent looking to cycle on?  Howe Street sits pretty much on the straight line between Witham and Aythorpe Roding so I may just tuck in behind your slipsteams if you are passing  :-*

People are more than welcome to park/ride out from mine if that helps their logistics -  I'll ensure the kettle is on :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 24, 2010, 02:24:33 pm
I should be good to go this Wednesday.  I am happy to plot a route or happy to follow.  Oaky, are you out this Wednesday?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on January 24, 2010, 07:27:56 pm
I should be good to go this Wednesday.  I am happy to plot a route or happy to follow.  Oaky, are you out this Wednesday?

Sadly not:  mrs_o is out on Wednesday night so I'm in looking after the Acorns.

My route therefore will involve me on the Felt facing east and pedalling like mad for an hour before climbing off whilst still in my kitchen.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 24, 2010, 07:33:56 pm
I should be good to go this Wednesday.  I am happy to plot a route or happy to follow.  Oaky, are you out this Wednesday?

Sadly not:  mrs_o is out on Wednesday night so I'm in looking after the Acorns.

My route therefore will involve me on the Felt facing east and pedalling like mad for an hour before climbing off whilst still in my kitchen.

Big shame.

In which case the route I plotted earlier that passes through Howe Street will come into play. Chief, PM me your address and I will swing by for you if that's ok.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 27, 2010, 04:09:17 pm
Looks like its going to be wet tonight.  Do I go for full waterproof trousers or the new denim Rainlegs?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on January 27, 2010, 04:24:11 pm
I shan't be with you tonight. However I shall be in Witham tomorrow morning for another purpose so watch out for a Recumberating Woman (I shall park on some quiet road near the station and then cycle on from there).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: FatBloke on January 27, 2010, 04:34:34 pm
Looks like its going to be wet tonight.  Do I go for full waterproof trousers or the new denim Rainlegs?

Take no chances!!!

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/18/94300411_d59450be73.jpg)

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 27, 2010, 04:47:49 pm
^^^  Do they do that outfit in fake denim?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 27, 2010, 04:48:49 pm
I shan't be with you tonight. However I shall be in Witham tomorrow morning for another purpose so watch out for a Recumberating Woman (I shall park on some quiet road near the station and then cycle on from there).

I have a meeting at the Town Hall at 11:30 so I might see you!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on January 27, 2010, 04:53:29 pm
...only if I'm very lost! I should be out of Witham by 10am...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on January 27, 2010, 06:25:00 pm
Looks like its going to be wet tonight.  Do I go commando or the new denim Rainlegs?

 :-X
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 28, 2010, 12:02:32 am
Just got back. 39.62 miles, should have gone round the block to get the full 40.  Smashing ride. 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 28, 2010, 07:50:04 am
I rode to chief's house from where we set off with Tomsk. A head wind made the ride hard work. The Axe and Compasses was very good as was the beer and chat. Mrs Tomsk turned up and joined in.

Me and chief returned alone, now with a tail wind.

This was only my second proper ride this year so my legs are sore this morning.

chief and Tomsk, crisps and beer ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/axeandcompasses.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on January 28, 2010, 10:01:22 pm
Nice one - wish I could've joined you.  I'm miles, beer and crisp deficient so far this month.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 29, 2010, 07:52:53 am
Nice one - wish I could've joined you.  I'm miles, beer and crisp deficient so far this month.

Utter tragedy. We did discuss your recent change in circumstances and undertook to be as supportive as we possibly could. What you're going thru is cruel and unusual. You're being very brave and we, your friends, are there for you.

 ;D

[snigger]
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 01, 2010, 01:02:53 pm
I won't be out this Wednesday, I hope to be riding with the Pompey crew.  However ...

Just before Christmas I bought some beer from The Mighty Oak Brewing Company in Maldon.  It would appear I am now on their mailing list as today some bumph arrived.  They do evening brewery visits for groups of between 15 and 30.  Are there another 14 people who'd like to come along?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 01, 2010, 08:03:34 pm
I won't be out this Wednesday, I hope to be riding with the Pompey crew.  However ...

Just before Christmas I bought some beer from The Mighty Oak Brewing Company in Maldon.  It would appear I am now on their mailing list as today some bumph arrived.  They do evening brewery visits for groups of between 15 and 30.  Are there another 14 people who'd like to come along?

P155-up in a brewery?  I'm up for that, work etc. permitting. 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 01, 2010, 08:43:26 pm
I won't be out this Wednesday, I hope to be riding with the Pompey crew.  However ...

Anybody coming out to play this Wednesday?  Destination is the Compasses at Pattiswick (aka pub #1 on the outward journey to the FYBO camping trip).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on February 01, 2010, 08:52:27 pm
Working I'm afraid.

I'm up for a Brewery Tour.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on February 01, 2010, 09:54:05 pm
Yup, I'm up for a brewery tour. Long ago I went on a tour of the Ridley's Hartford End Brewery organised by St Mary's Church in Dunmow. A very jolly and interesting experience, but not especially spiritual!
I can't make the outing this week but the following one is looking ok. The half term week might be getting a bit busy too.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on February 02, 2010, 12:50:56 pm
Proving the weather is suitable I'll be up for tomorrow evening. 

Yes to the tour O.D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on February 03, 2010, 07:43:07 am
Due to a rubbish night oncall I'm not going to make it this evening
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 03, 2010, 01:20:30 pm
In that case, I'll give it a miss too.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 03, 2010, 01:28:02 pm
You pussies!  It was an ideal opportunity to do some more trespassing!  I am looking forward to my evening out with Hummers and co. It looks like it's going to be very wet so I might forsake the denim Rainlegs in favour of full waterproof trousers - shame.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on February 03, 2010, 08:15:31 pm
Sorry I've not been out this year - and no dice tonight as I'm languishing with a yucky cold (I haven't even got dressed today!)

Uncle James and I may venture out when the weather is a bit more clement.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 03, 2010, 11:04:21 pm
Just got back from the Pompey ride. Bits of rain, not too cold but a puncture each for Hummers and I. Nice pub and reasonable grub. 30 miles at a pace that has left me somewhat knackered.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 07, 2010, 11:47:53 pm
It appears that this coming Wednesday is my hosted ride.

I have a route, which I concocted a couple of years back to take in 5 pubs from that year's Good Beer Guide.

At 15mph average (which is the pace I did the dry run on Saturday night, not visiting any of the 5 pubs), the approximate timings were:-

Witham<-20 mins->Pub1<-10 mins->Pub2<-15 mins->Pub3<-0 mins->Pub4<-5mins->Pub5<-35 mins->Witham

We probably won't go that fast on Wednesday, and will obviously have to add 5 pubs worth of drinking/faffing time.

Although I've used the route many times as a training loop, i've never yet done it visiting all of the pubs in question. Nevertheless, and despite the fact that not all of the 5 pubs are still in the GBG, I still refer to it as the 5 pubs from the GBG (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/5-pubs-from-the-GBG) route.

For the avoidance of doubt, especially for Oscar's Dad's benefit, so that he can't claim he didn't know beforehand (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12973.msg255525#msg255525) how many pubs might be involved, this will involve visiting (at least!) 5 pubs.

I plan to set off around 7:30 from Witham station.

BTW,  did I mention there may be 5 pubs involved?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 08, 2010, 07:58:19 am
Regrettably I will not be around this week.  I have a trip to Exeter and Slough  :hand: 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on February 08, 2010, 08:48:57 am
Oaky, I would dearly love to be able to participate in the 5-pubs ride. However, this week is a non-starter for me, as ever during the school term.

Next week, on the other hand, is half-term and it might be possible for me to find my way up to Witham during the day, pootle around for a bit until the appointed time, visit 5 pubs (over and above any pubs that may have been visited during the day) and then stagger on to a train home, safe in the knowledge that should I fall asleep and find my way into Liverpool Street, the trains back to Southend from there keep going until almost 1 a.m.

I note that the last train from Witham leaves at 23.15.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Hummers on February 08, 2010, 08:56:29 am
Regrettably I will not be around this week.  I have a trip to Exeter and Slough  :hand: 

If you find yourelf in Exeter on Wednesday night, you might want to check with Ian H as there are a group of them that meet up at a pub somewhere in the deepest Westcountry every Wednesday. Depending where you stay, you may be able to hook up with any number of riders that ride out.

Note: expect hills on a scale not normally encountered in Hampshire or mid-Essex.

H
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 08, 2010, 08:59:08 am
Regrettably I will not be around this week.  I have a trip to Exeter and Slough  :hand: 

If you find yourelf in Exeter on Wednesday night, you might want to check with Ian H as there are a group of them that meet up at a pub somewhere in the deepest Westcountry every Wednesday. Depending where you stay, you may be able to hook up with any number of riders that ride out.

Note: expect hills on a scale not normally encountered in Hampshire or mid-Essex.

H

That's a lovely idea but Exeter is just tomorrow.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on February 09, 2010, 07:07:27 pm
I should be ok for tomorrow night, but won't be able to make the start in time. Can we have a list of the pubs/villages, please Oaky? I've had a look at your route, so I hope to catch up at some point in the evening!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 09, 2010, 08:05:37 pm
I should be ok for tomorrow night, but won't be able to make the start in time. Can we have a list of the pubs/villages, please Oaky? I've had a look at your route, so I hope to catch up at some point in the evening!

Code: [Select]
5.7mi  Little Totham  The Swan
8.11mi  Goldhanger  The Chequers
11.69mi  Heybridge  The Heybridge Inn and The Maltsters
12.65mi  Maldon  Blue Boar Hotel

(from the cuesheet: 5 pubs from the GBG Bicycle Cue Sheet at Bikely.com (http://www.bikely.com/cuesheet/route/5-pubs-from-the-GBG))

They all appear on this map here (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=103493605790880807618.000475f5e6958b193543d&ll=51.806917,0.563049&spn=0.550234,1.61499&z=9) (along with some others - at least they do now that I've added the Maltsters and Heybridge arms).  (They also appear on this even more comprehensive map (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=103493605790880807618.000448942174c52a18a12&z=8).

Probably best to try and hook up in either the Swan or the Chequers (both of which have a wonderful range of ales) - also I wasn't planning to spend too long in the Maltsters / Heybridge Arms, bike parking there doesn't look as inviting as the other 3 establishments.    I believe you have my mobile number.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 09, 2010, 08:13:30 pm
Oaky, I would dearly love to be able to participate in the 5-pubs ride. However, this week is a non-starter for me, as ever during the school term.

Next week, on the other hand, is half-term and it might be possible for me to find my way up to Witham during the day, pootle around for a bit until the appointed time, visit 5 pubs (over and above any pubs that may have been visited during the day) ...

Unfortunately, I'm housebound next week since mrs_o is out.  Don't let me stop you sampling the route though :)  (The "official" destination for the 17th Feb is the White Hart, Burnham on Crouch, but the venue plan is by no means cast in stone and definitely not compulsory!!)

Edit:  I strongly suspect this won't be the last time I do this ride "wet".  I'd like to at least equal the number of times I've done it "dry" so far :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 09, 2010, 08:27:52 pm
I'm looking well dodgy for next week  :'(

Leeds and Poole  :hand:

When can I retire?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on February 09, 2010, 09:58:50 pm
Train permitting I'll be at Witham station for about 19:20 for the off.

I'll probably head straight back to Chelmsford from Maldon though.  Does anyone know if Bumsford Lane is passable, the route planner wanted me to avoid it  ???

Don't worry O.D, we won't make you feel jealous by sending you MMS updates as the night progresses  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 09, 2010, 10:02:51 pm
Train permitting I'll be at Witham station for about 19:20 for the off.

I'll probably head straight back to Chelmsford from Maldon though.  Does anyone know if Bumsford Lane is passable, the route planner wanted me to avoid it  ???

Don't worry O.D, we won't make you feel jealous by sending you MMS updates as the night progresses  ;D

Bumfords lane is fine.  It's the usual route if you are in Woodham Walter and suddenly feel the need to sample nutty's slimed bottom.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on February 09, 2010, 10:12:17 pm
Train permitting I'll be at Witham station for about 19:20 for the off.

I'll probably head straight back to Chelmsford from Maldon though.  Does anyone know if Bumsford Lane is passable, the route planner wanted me to avoid it  ???

Don't worry O.D, we won't make you feel jealous by sending you MMS updates as the night progresses  ;D

Bumfords lane is fine.  It's the usual route if you are in Woodham Walter and suddenly feel the need to sample nutty's slimed bottom.

Luckily the Dawes has a pull cord inflatable dingy for such situations  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 09, 2010, 10:23:19 pm
'twill be slightly cold:-

(http://www.oakden.eclipse.co.uk/mark/bike/yacf/pics/wed.png)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 09, 2010, 10:31:07 pm
Make sure you pack your Speedos and remove your jewelry.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 09, 2010, 10:36:49 pm
Just wondering whether to put the marathon winters on or not.  Would they draw too much attention chained up outside the station, I wonder?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on February 10, 2010, 07:27:50 am
Thanks Oaky, I'll pootle round the establishments until we meet up. Like wot Chief says, I'll probably head straight back from Maldon.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 10, 2010, 01:31:51 pm
Thanks Oaky, I'll pootle round the establishments until we meet up. Like wot Chief says, I'll probably head straight back from Maldon.

I think my route home and chief's diverge at Bumford's lane.  I guess you'll peel off sooner than that though?

If I don't see you at the Swan I'll txt you on arrival/leaving... ditto for others en-route until we find you :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 10, 2010, 01:41:29 pm
Train permitting I'll be at Witham station for about 19:20 for the off.
...

Since it's just chief and I cycling from Witham at the moment, then unless anyone else expresses interest on here prior to 5:30 today, I propose to set off from Witham station as soon as chief arrives... 10 minutes extra PUBBE time!  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 10, 2010, 05:39:10 pm
In case anyone else was thinking of joining, in view of the SNO and FREEZ, chief, Tomsk and I have decided to modify our plans and go to the Square and Compasses at Fuller street tonight instead.

I will reschedule the 5-pub tour.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 10, 2010, 11:43:21 pm
Just back from the S&C. 

That was a hoot!

In conditions like that, Marathon Winter FTW.  I laughed out loud at some of the car tyre tracks that I just held my intended line across.  I hardly felt any loss of tractio at all, and the only times I did were self inflicted tests of the situation.

I tried a few times, gingerly at first then more forcefully, to lock the rear, although on the way out to the pub, the fact that I had to keep stopping to release my rear brake which had frozen did dampen my enthusiasm for trying it.

chief had a slippy slidy both feet down "bobsleighing down a hill moment", which I didn't see, being in front at the time, but heard very well!  We met one car driver who'd had enough and was about to carefully pick his way to the A12 for a less direct but more grippy route to his destination since he'd spun in the previous village.

As my confidence in the M winters grew, the ride home turned into one of the most enjoyable times I've spent on a bike.  I kept having to stop to check for sure (using my feet) that the stuff I'd just blithely cycled across was the sheet ice it looked like.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Oh, and I needn't have worried about the marathon winters drawing attention to the bike -- they were hidden by snow for a lot of the day!

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on February 11, 2010, 12:34:37 am
Well that was an adventure and a half  :D

Who ever says you need ice tyres is a big pink fluffy girl

After leaving Chelmsford, and of course behind schedule, I found the already snowed-on roads to be pretty friendly and pushed on to meet Oaky on time at Witham station.  That was until just before Terling where I started to hear a different sound under the tyres and started to ponder if the temp’ had reduced to the slippy level.  Sure enough a few seconds later I was looking up at the sky and wondering what happened.  Wilma revealed a subtle change of camber was a fault, time for a slack pace I thought.

So a slow careful trek toward Witham where I met Oaky coming in the opposite direction complete with rice crispy crunchers.  He had been overtaken by a bloke in a Nissan Micra after stopping for a brake service and then wouldn’t let him out of his sight.

The run from near Witham to Fuller Street was not without incident, the Dawes and the M+’s gave a lovely 15 foot-slide down hill with both my feet and brakes fully engaged. 

Tomsk had already arrived at the S&C by the time we got there.  A lovely ale or two and some banter later and we were suitable prepared for the ride home.

Tomsk and I headed back toward Great Leigh’s with Mr Spikes ruining roads back to Witham. 

Tomsk was kind enough to have a sympathy stack with me just before joining the main road toward Great Leighs after which we decided to walk for a while until conditions improved.  Once at the St Anne’s castle Tomsk headed off in fixy style and I took to the main roads to get back home.

Off of the main roads, the route back was just as fun with sections having to be taken on foot with the tell-tale test of snatching the front or rear brake showing little resistance.  All taken steady no more incidents to report.

Now back home safely, with just a shoulder bash on each side and the Garmin showing 1198 calories burnt off (though not sure how that offsets the ale and snack consumption; but I’ll worry about that another day.

All in all, a lovely evening out  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on February 11, 2010, 12:48:08 am
Hmm... I've bought an £8 ticket to Ipswich for Friday (6.18 a.m. from Prittlewell) and I'm intending to cycle home - 65 miles of this sort of road. I don't want to do this on snow tyres. It would take an age.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on February 11, 2010, 07:48:33 am
Bit of a slow ride back, what with the snow packed down well on the lanes and a head-wind to contend with. At least I dared to get out of the saddle, once on the treated surfaces after Great Leighs. The roads were nice and quiet, weren't they? No damage after the sideways encounter with the planet. Note to self: If this continues, I must get those studded tyres, I won't always bounce.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 11, 2010, 08:51:34 am
I think you were very wise to just hole up at the Square & Compasses.  Last night was no night for a 5 pub extravaganza.

Glad the studs worked and those without studs don't appear to have hurt themselves too badly.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on February 11, 2010, 09:35:48 am
Aching big time this morning, I prefer offroad stacks  :(

like I said ice tyres are the way forward, where do I buy them again :facepalm:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 11, 2010, 09:41:30 am
Aching big time this morning, I prefer offroad stacks  :(

like I said ice tyres are the way forward, where do I buy them again :facepalm:

Got mine from Dot Bike.  Think Oaky did too.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 11, 2010, 08:11:36 pm
Yep - I certainly did. 


   Schwalbe Marathon Winter Performance Wire On Tyre - &pound;34.74 | Dotbike
 (http://www.dotbike.com/ProductsP7596.aspx?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=site&utm_campaign=DRV)

They're out of stock at the moment, showing March 10th as expected date (they were also out of stock when I ordered them - it took about a month for supplies to come over from Germany).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 15, 2010, 12:11:25 pm
As you may have noticed I am struggling to turn out regularly on these rides - primarily due to work  >:(   :hand:

I cannot make Wednesday 24th February but can get out the day before (23rd).  Any one fancy joining me?  Not sure where to go yet.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on February 16, 2010, 02:03:45 pm
As you may have noticed I am struggling to turn out regularly on these rides - primarily due to work  >:(   :hand:

I cannot make Wednesday 24th February but can get out the day before (23rd).  Any one fancy joining me?  Not sure where to go yet.

Tuesday evening is a possibility. I'd be interested, barring apocalyptic weather.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on February 16, 2010, 06:05:30 pm
Sorry, I've been a bit rubbish at these rides too. Things seem busy at the moment with work (well, busier than normal) and I tend not to feel like turning out in the cold and dark to go for a long drive/cycle. I may appear more regularly when the weather improves!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 16, 2010, 08:14:08 pm
As you may have noticed I am struggling to turn out regularly on these rides - primarily due to work  >:(   :hand:

I cannot make Wednesday 24th February but can get out the day before (23rd).  Any one fancy joining me?  Not sure where to go yet.

Tuesday evening is a possibility. I'd be interested, barring apocalyptic weather.

As I drove from Leeds to Poole this afternoon [joy] I was wondering about a gentle ascent of North Hill and then onwards to The Hurdlemakers.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on February 16, 2010, 08:17:00 pm
As you may have noticed I am struggling to turn out regularly on these rides - primarily due to work  >:(   :hand:

I cannot make Wednesday 24th February but can get out the day before (23rd).  Any one fancy joining me?  Not sure where to go yet.

Tuesday evening is a possibility. I'd be interested, barring apocalyptic weather.

As I drove from Leeds to Poole this afternoon [joy] I was wondering about a gentle ascent of North Hill and then onwards to The Hurdlemakers.

Is that an audax control?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 16, 2010, 08:22:34 pm
No, only weirdos do audaxes.  Thus, I am ruled out and I don't like orange squash.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on February 16, 2010, 09:10:28 pm
   I'm out for tomorrow, I fear :(. Mrs T is hitting the West End for the evening-girls night out to 'Les Miserables' [and Burnham is quite a long trek on a February night, even for a weird audaxer!]
    Next week's venue in Stock looks more likely.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on February 17, 2010, 12:01:16 am
What's tomorrow's planned venue?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 17, 2010, 07:05:06 am
What's tomorrow's planned venue?

Tonight's venue is here:-

17 Feb 2010   White Hart   Burnham on Crouch

Mid-Essex Mid-Week nocturnal Series venues 6/1/2010 -- 7/7/2010 (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=27343.0)

I won't be able to come out to play tonight though since mrs_o is out and about.

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 23, 2010, 03:26:47 pm
As you may have noticed I am struggling to turn out regularly on these rides - primarily due to work  >:(   :hand:

I cannot make Wednesday 24th February but can get out the day before (23rd).  Any one fancy joining me?  Not sure where to go yet.

Change of plan, I won't be going out tonight, I had a quick whiz round at lunch time.  Only 12 miles but smashing all the same.  The lanes hereabouts are very wet.  Big deep puddles and lots of shallow surface water which would make excellent ice if we get a frost.

I still can't make tomorrow night.  Have fun if any of you make it out.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on February 23, 2010, 09:34:24 pm
So who is going to the Hoop tomorrow night? I could, but may be able to take time off for a ride during the day instead, if the weather is reasonable.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on February 24, 2010, 12:28:47 am
I won't be out to play tonight
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 24, 2010, 06:52:50 am
I can't make it tonight either :(

Should be OK for next week though  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on February 24, 2010, 08:50:18 am
If thats just me, then I guess I'll pass too. Next week should be possible, though.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 28, 2010, 03:25:35 pm
Anyone up for this Wednesday?  I note it's chief's hosted ride but if that's too much of a faff let's just pick a mutually acceptable pub.  The weather is set to be windy but dry.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on February 28, 2010, 09:57:15 pm
Well, I know the route for Wednesday night, but, I'm not sure it's going to be that enjoyable given the downpours  :-\  I'd like to postpone the route until the conditions improves if that's ok with everyone?

Pub wise for wednesday I'm up for another if it doesn't involve wheel spinning in mud.  I'd like to suggest the Compasses Litley Green as it's my fav'.  If not up for another.

Eitherway, will head over to Witham for 7pm ish if the main convoy is heading from there

Chief
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on February 28, 2010, 11:00:43 pm
'mupfrit!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 01, 2010, 09:59:36 am
Well, I know the route for Wednesday night, but, I'm not sure it's going to be that enjoyable given the downpours  :-\  I'd like to postpone the route until the conditions improves if that's ok with everyone?

Pub wise for wednesday I'm up for another if it doesn't involve wheel spinning in mud.  I'd like to suggest the Compasses Litley Green as it's my fav'.  If not up for another.

Eitherway, will head over to Witham for 7pm ish if the main convoy is heading from there

Chief

Ah yes, I had forgotten you were intending to take us down Paths to Damnation bridleways  :o  You sinner!  I thought that after the Freeze Your Bits Off ride we had decided that bridleways were no place for self respecting cyclists  ;D

A trip to the Compasses at Littley Green is never a chore so the plan gets my vote.  More than happy for us all to assemble at The Gateway to Righteousness my garage door at 7pm if that fits in with everyone's plan.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 01, 2010, 03:29:08 pm
Well, I know the route for Wednesday night, but, I'm not sure it's going to be that enjoyable given the downpours  :-\  I'd like to postpone the route until the conditions improves if that's ok with everyone?

Pub wise for wednesday I'm up for another if it doesn't involve wheel spinning in mud.  I'd like to suggest the Compasses Litley Green as it's my fav'.  If not up for another.

Eitherway, will head over to Witham for 7pm ish if the main convoy is heading from there

Chief

Ah yes, I had forgotten you were intending to take us down Paths to Damnation bridleways  :o  You sinner!  I thought that after the Freeze Your Bits Off ride we had decided that bridleways were no place for self respecting cyclists  ;D

A trip to the Compasses at Littley Green is never a chore so the plan gets my vote.  More than happy for us all to assemble at The Gateway to Righteousness my garage door at 7pm if that fits in with everyone's plan.


Depending on the vagaries of the LU Central line and National Express East Anglia, the earliest I can be at Witham station is usually 19:07.  If I do the same as for the last MEMWNS (take my cycling gear into work and change in the train loos) then I can be ready to set off pretty much as soon as I've arrived.

I will check, though, if there's any possibility of starting and leaving work earlier that day.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on March 01, 2010, 03:56:16 pm
I'll head straight for the Compasses as I can't usually leave much before 7. If all goes according to plan, I will have taken part of the day off to do my 100km 'Boudicca's Revenge' permanent; so this will be a recovery ride, [with rehydration therapy ;D.]
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 01, 2010, 08:19:07 pm
Mark, would it be easier if we met you at the station?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 01, 2010, 08:24:44 pm
Mark, would it be easier if we met you at the station?

It would buy a few extra minutes of valuable "Compasses" time!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 01, 2010, 08:29:02 pm
Mark, would it be easier if we met you at the station?

It would buy a few extra minutes of valuable "Compasses" time!

What time at the station?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on March 01, 2010, 10:36:55 pm
Oaky mentioned the 19:07 up there somewhere   :thumbsup:

I did a quick route around the surrounding areas at lunch time and can confirm that some of the roads are flooded let alone the offroady-woady bits.  Tarmac and Wherry seem to be a good compromise for Wednesday evening :thumbsup:

Which of the routes is the Witham contingent likely to be heading on toward the Compasses? Down Chippin' hill and past the Vic' or maybe toward the Notley's on Braintree road?  Either way, I'll do the opposite route toward Witham and hopefully grab your attention with Wilma shining fourth  :-*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 01, 2010, 10:50:12 pm
Indeed -- my usual train arrives at 19:07 (i.e. 10 past, realistically).

I'll go with the flow regarding route.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 02, 2010, 07:27:33 am
I thought we could head out past Square and Compasses.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 02, 2010, 08:17:56 pm
I thought we could head out past Square and Compasses.

Nice, simple and direct.   :thumbsup:

BTW, chief:  You should hear me coming -- I've still got the Marathon Winters on!   I guess it's possible you'll get stereo, if OD is still wearing his :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on March 02, 2010, 09:28:45 pm
I'm pleased I don't have them fitted as well, we'd end up with the nick names of Snap, Crackle and Pop ;D

I'll be leaving a little bit later than planned as I need to fit some new brake pads to the dawes before departing.  Still should be in good time to meet you on route ok :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 03, 2010, 04:44:40 am
I still have my Winters fitted to Claud but will be bringing Son of Oscar so Snap will be doing a solo act. 

Mark, The Current Mrs R and I went into London last Friday on the train and I clocked your studded rubber, I gave it a bit of a feel - very nice.

I shall be bringing some maps tonight  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 04, 2010, 01:43:03 am
Mad Jack McMad's Mad Stout(*) was superb!

Met OD at Witham station, and after a small amount of faffing to transfer the final pieces of my cyclist disguise into place (Hope1 from bag to bars, gloves, headband and he**et etc.)

Felt quite perky and no-exactly-grossly-unfit on the way out, and once we'd met up with chief, and worked our way through his "off-road" short-cut, even felt up to sprinting up the final hill towards the pub.

The ride  back was different though ... it started OK but later on I was thoroughly beasted by OD.  I spent long portions of the run-in wondering why I was so much slower and struggling to keep up!

I might try to blame the Marathon winters, andthe weight of my bike+work stuff in pannier, but to be honest,  I think I'm just much less fit than I was last year.

(*) Actually called Green Jack (http://green-jack.com/our-real-ales)'s Lurcher Stout, but ... well...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 04, 2010, 04:23:52 pm
I enjoyed last night   :thumbsup:  Thanks to all    :-*

Essex Mountain Rescue  have a Facebook page! (http://www.facebook.com/stevenwrowley#!/group.php?gid=2259381536&ref=mf)  I have joined their group and am enquiring whether they do t-shirts.  I was impressed to see they have a helicopter pilot   ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on March 04, 2010, 05:15:00 pm
Many of their men come from the Canvey & South Benfleet Highland Regiment.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 04, 2010, 06:22:46 pm
It's a bit like the chump who used to write into Wogan, he lived in Norwich, his house was called Atlantic View.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on March 04, 2010, 08:54:44 pm
An excellent evening last night though I didn't realise dominos was such a loud sport  :o

I'll post this just to intrigue everyone that couldn't make it there  :thumbsup:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7493547.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7493547.stm)

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 05, 2010, 09:53:30 am
Lovingly handcrafted from genuine fake wood and now mounted on the side door of the garage (*)

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/photo-12.jpg)

(*) Global HQ of Oscar's dad Inc
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on March 05, 2010, 06:22:17 pm
And there is a t-shirt for the Essex Mountain Rescue!

(http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v121/125/33/517802946/n517802946_109800_5077.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 05, 2010, 06:24:49 pm
Cool, where can you get them from?  Do they sell them in The Range?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 09, 2010, 08:18:00 pm
Anyone planning to go out to play tomorrow night (10th March)?

Venue is (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=27343.0) the Viper at Mill Green.

(I also just yesterday realised that the following week will be St Patrick's day - venue for that is down as the Willows at Cressing).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on March 09, 2010, 09:22:52 pm
Should be ok for tomorrow night.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on March 09, 2010, 10:14:37 pm
Yep, I'll be there  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 09, 2010, 10:17:44 pm
Yep, I'll be there  :thumbsup:

Are you going to go straight from Chelmsford station, or go home first?

I'm still deciding on a route.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on March 09, 2010, 10:24:48 pm
I can get the Mrs to take me home, get changed and then drop me back at Chelmsford station from 19:00 onwards if you are thinking of departing from there?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 09, 2010, 10:54:15 pm
I can get the Mrs to take me home, get changed and then drop me back at Chelmsford station from 19:00 onwards if you are thinking of departing from there?

I'm just looking at train times ... I'd probably be looking at 19:40 by the time I get there (well, I could be there by 19:00, but my bike would still be in Witham  :-\)

EDIT: if my train to Witham is on time, and if I manage to get my biek unchained and down to the platform in double quick time, I might *just* make it onto a train getting to Chelmsford by 19:27, but it's probably best if you don't count on that.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 10, 2010, 10:00:15 am
I can get the Mrs to take me home, get changed and then drop me back at Chelmsford station from 19:00 onwards if you are thinking of departing from there?

I'm just looking at train times ... I'd probably be looking at 19:40 by the time I get there (well, I could be there by 19:00, but my bike would still be in Witham  :-\)

EDIT: if my train to Witham is on time, and if I manage to get my biek unchained and down to the platform in double quick time, I might *just* make it onto a train getting to Chelmsford by 19:27, but it's probably best if you don't count on that.

Well,  after dismissing the idea out of hand last night I decided (on the prompting of an SMS from chief) to hop on the train with my bike this morning and jump out at Chelmsford, chain it there and carry on into London.  As a result I will now be at Chelmsford station, raring to go at almost exactly 19:00 :)

[I decided yesterday that to buy myself enough time for the "CHM manoeuvre" I'd have to get a much earlier train from WTM so decided to forgo evening pub-time in favour of morning Acorn-time.  As it happens when I got chief's SMS it was too late to get the earlier train so I did the manoeuvre anyway on my normal train and just made it to work on time using the ~15 mins slack I usually have in the journey time. That was despite NXEA delaying the train into LST]

Hmmm... looking above, it's acronym city!  Oh well.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 10, 2010, 10:17:23 am
Tonight Matthew ...

I'm going to be ...

... in Leeds!

Enjoy.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 10, 2010, 04:10:21 pm
Tonight Matthew ...

I'm going to be ...

... in Leeds!

Enjoy.

 :'(  We'll have a Jake the Snake in your honour then.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 10, 2010, 04:28:02 pm
Thanks chaps  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: FatBloke on March 10, 2010, 06:14:14 pm
And I'll be at home. WARM!!  

Feel free to call me when the temperature (in Celcius) gets into double figures.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on March 10, 2010, 06:33:07 pm
Trains scuppered so Oaky and I aren't going to make it  :(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 11, 2010, 12:24:57 am
Well,

On the one hand "Grrr!!!" - no Tomsk, no miles to speak of, horrible train journey, this morning's bike chaining shenanigans in vain etc. etc.

On the other, two thirds of the expected folks had a good, beery, curry-filled night.  (Oh, and since I actually had my bike computer with me I was able to measure my average speed on the commute home.  15.7mph 17.1mph (edited in the cold light of morning when I'm more competent to read my computer display!), with the Marathon Winters on, it seems.)

[It also seems that putting down the power hard at one particular corner on my route home is worth about 3-5mph instantaneously, halfway down the slope.]

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 11, 2010, 07:39:58 am
Glad you salvaged something from the evening. I was out on the lash with some colleagues and really should feel worse than I do.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 12, 2010, 08:56:10 am
Next week I shall be in Manchester  ::-)

The week after I shall be in Essex  :thumbsup:

I note with interest that the Southenders were volunteered to amuse and entertain us.  Are they up for this challenge I wonder   :-*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on March 16, 2010, 06:49:18 pm
I'll be out in London tomorrow night so won't be along to cressing
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 16, 2010, 08:02:06 pm
I'll be home looking after the kids while mrs_o goes out partying1.

I'll definitely be up for the 24th though.  If the Southenders are otherwise engaged, I'm sure any one of OD, chief or myself could trot our their hosted ride in place.


1. It's claimed to be a knitting evening, but I don't believe that for a moment ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 16, 2010, 08:04:08 pm
I'll be home looking after the kids while mrs_o goes out partying1.

I'll definitely be up for the 24th though.  If the Southenders are otherwise engaged, I'm sure any one of OD, chief or myself could trot our their hosted ride in place.


1. It's claimed to be a knitting evening, but I don't believe that for a moment ;)

We can discuss on Sunday  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on March 17, 2010, 03:57:30 pm
    Looks like next week is going to be ok. I'll keep it free for a trip to Sarfend, possibly train assisted?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: TimC on March 17, 2010, 07:50:11 pm
And I'll be at home. WARM!!  

Feel free to call me when the temperature (in Celcius) gets into double figures.

Yeah. At least 20. At night!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2010, 09:08:21 am
Regarding this Wednesday, I've been thinking.  If the Southenders can't host a ride on their patch, why don't we go back through the list and pick a pub that we never managed to get to?  I'm not sure which they are as I have missed a few rides.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 22, 2010, 09:14:40 am
Regarding this Wednesday, I've been thinking.  If the Southenders can't host a ride on their patch, why don't we go back through the list and pick a pub that we never managed to get to?  I'm not sure which they are as I have missed a few rides.

I *think* that the following are the ones we either didn't go out at all for, or diverted the ride somewhere else for ice/snow (not counting the missed hosted rides so far):-

06 Jan 2010CatsWoodham Walter
13 Jan 2010Leather BottleBlackmore
17 Feb 2010White HartBurnham on Crouch
24 Feb 2010HoopStock
10 Mar 2010ViperMill Green
17 Mar 2010WillowsCressing
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2010, 09:28:35 am
Regarding this Wednesday, I've been thinking.  If the Southenders can't host a ride on their patch, why don't we go back through the list and pick a pub that we never managed to get to?  I'm not sure which they are as I have missed a few rides.

I *think* that the following are the ones we either didn't go out at all for, or diverted the ride somewhere else for ice/snow (not counting the missed hosted rides so far):-

06 Jan 2010CatsWoodham Walter
13 Jan 2010Leather BottleBlackmore
17 Feb 2010White HartBurnham on Crouch
24 Feb 2010HoopStock
10 Mar 2010ViperMill Green
17 Mar 2010WillowsCressing

Which pubs have we never been to at all, ever?  Mine would be:

Leather Bottle, Blackmore
Willows, Cressing
White Hart, Burnham

I'm not sure my legs are currently up to a nocturnal 40-50 mile thrash which could rule out the Leather Bottle and White Hart.  So, the Willows in Cressing has appeal, assuming there isn't a Southend plan.  If we do hit the Willows I am sure we can find a circuitous route, I thinking 20-30 miles all told might be about right.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on March 22, 2010, 12:17:43 pm
...
I'm not sure my legs are currently up to a nocturnal 40-50 mile thrash which could rule out the Leather Bottle and White Hart.  So, the Willows in Cressing has appeal, assuming there isn't a Southend plan.  If we do hit the Willows I am sure we can find a circuitous route, I thinking 20-30 miles all told might be about right.


Don't count me up for this, and there is no "Southend Plan" but Mrs Nutty is away this week...

Cressing is too far for me at the moment.

Maldon might be my limit unless you know of a better pub you're happy to cycle further South to?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2010, 01:41:55 pm
...
I'm not sure my legs are currently up to a nocturnal 40-50 mile thrash which could rule out the Leather Bottle and White Hart.  So, the Willows in Cressing has appeal, assuming there isn't a Southend plan.  If we do hit the Willows I am sure we can find a circuitous route, I thinking 20-30 miles all told might be about right.


Don't count me up for this, and there is no "Southend Plan" but Mrs Nutty is away this week...

Cressing is too far for me at the moment.

Maldon might be my limit unless you know of a better pub you're happy to cycle further South to?

Blue Boar, Maldon?  Prince of Wales, Stow Maries?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 22, 2010, 01:49:07 pm
...
I'm not sure my legs are currently up to a nocturnal 40-50 mile thrash which could rule out the Leather Bottle and White Hart.  So, the Willows in Cressing has appeal, assuming there isn't a Southend plan.  If we do hit the Willows I am sure we can find a circuitous route, I thinking 20-30 miles all told might be about right.


Don't count me up for this, and there is no "Southend Plan" but Mrs Nutty is away this week...

Cressing is too far for me at the moment.

Maldon might be my limit unless you know of a better pub you're happy to cycle further South to?

Blue Boar, Maldon?  Prince of Wales, Stow Maries?

I'd happily do either.

Stow Maries is coming up in the schedule, but for  the 31st March.  We could just swap it around to the 24th.

Staring at the MEMWNS Google Map (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=103493605790880807618.000475f5e6958b193543d&ll=51.844263,0.626221&spn=0.709283,1.667175&z=9), the hoop at Stock would also be a possibility, I guess, or the White Hart at Margaretting Tye...

Choices, choices.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2010, 01:56:27 pm
It would be rather smashing to get Nutty out on one of these jaunts so I'd happily go along with a "Nutty Friendly" plan.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on March 22, 2010, 01:57:58 pm
Well Stow maries is an easier ride for me than Maldon...

<Makes note... find a bike safe enough for that long distance, and some lights>
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2010, 03:40:51 pm
Well Stow maries is an easier ride for me than Maldon...

<Makes note... find a bike safe enough for that long distance, and some lights>

Nuts Old Chap, what time do you think you'll be at the Prince of Wales???
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on March 22, 2010, 04:13:22 pm
I'm not very fit at the moment :(

Say 7pm to 7:30pm arrival?   Do they do food?  If not I'll stop at home on the way past for a meal (and subsequent stitch).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2010, 04:25:06 pm
I'm not very fit at the moment :(

Say 7pm to 7:30pm arrival?   Do they do food?  If not I'll stop at home on the way past for a meal (and subsequent stitch).

Don't worry, I'm not very fit either, I bet you're fitter than me.  Not sure when we are leaving Witham so we might be later than 7:30pm.  I'm sure the plan will unfold.

Yes, they do food, might be worth you calling them to check though.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on March 22, 2010, 04:35:01 pm
Bring a brolly.

BBC Weather | Southend-on-Sea (http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/4280?&showDay=C)

 :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2010, 05:09:46 pm
Bring a brolly.

BBC Weather | Southend-on-Sea (http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/4280?&showDay=C)

 :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\

I'm not worried. It never rains on me.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on March 22, 2010, 05:36:19 pm
Well that's cursed it then  >:(


Just when I'd packed up all my winter and wet weather gear for teh summer.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 22, 2010, 07:46:45 pm
Bring a brolly.

BBC Weather | Southend-on-Sea (http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/4280?&showDay=C)

 :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\

I'm not worried. It never rains on me.

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_HNgR4FFUbuM/S1QtE4Sh5II/AAAAAAAAAi4/lZX_ik0WWWY/s400/p1000419.jpg)

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on March 22, 2010, 08:56:51 pm
ROFL

<books overtime for Wednesday night to avoid the scary man>
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2010, 08:59:46 pm
What time should the Witham chapter set off? And from where?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 22, 2010, 09:05:35 pm
As usual, I will be constrained by trains to setting off at ~19:15 from Witham station, after changing into my Gimp-suit on the train home :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on March 22, 2010, 09:15:22 pm

I've got a half inch discrepancy I need to address ready for the carpenter Thursday morning so will probably not be along  
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 23, 2010, 12:10:29 pm
BBC Weather | Maldon (http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/2604)

Still shows heavy rain, but minimum night-time temp of 11C.

Since that is double figures, can we expect an additional attendee? ;)

And I'll be at home. WARM!!  

Feel free to call me when the temperature (in Celcius) gets into double figures.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 23, 2010, 12:14:23 pm
As usual, I will be constrained by trains to setting off at ~19:15 from Witham station, after changing into my Gimp-suit on the train home :)

Sooo, I meet you at the station at 1915 we can set off for the PoW?  Is this OK?  If so I will prepare a route.

Nutty - it's going to take us about an hour or so, so we will be at the pub at 2000 to 2030.  This OK with you?

This may be my first opportunity to wear my denim Rainlegs  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on March 23, 2010, 12:19:05 pm
I know this is bad form, considering that you are making the effort to head South of the A12, but I can't commit to being there and have a nasty suspicion that it's all going to go wrong here and I'll end up not getting out  >:(

The only bike on the road at the moment is Frankenfixie... and as I'm having to retension the chain every 7 miles I really don't fancy riding over to Stow Maries on unlit roads with just a feeble cateye.

Therefore, I think that I'll say I'll be staying home this time.   Sorry lads.   But I don't want you making that effort and then me not making it.



I will try and make one of these soon.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 23, 2010, 12:28:31 pm
I know this is bad form, considering that you are making the effort to head South of the A12, but I can't commit to being there and have a nasty suspicion that it's all going to go wrong here and I'll end up not getting out  >:(

The only bike on the road at the moment is Frankenfixie... and as I'm having to retension the chain every 7 miles I really don't fancy riding over to Stow Maries on unlit roads with just a feeble cateye.

Therefore, I think that I'll say I'll be staying home this time.   Sorry lads.   But I don't want you making that effort and then me not making it.



I will try and make one of these soon.

No worries.

I that case, Plan B - The Willows, Cressing via a scenic route???
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 23, 2010, 01:44:28 pm
I know this is bad form, considering that you are making the effort to head South of the A12, but I can't commit to being there and have a nasty suspicion that it's all going to go wrong here and I'll end up not getting out  >:(

The only bike on the road at the moment is Frankenfixie... and as I'm having to retension the chain every 7 miles I really don't fancy riding over to Stow Maries on unlit roads with just a feeble cateye.

Therefore, I think that I'll say I'll be staying home this time.   Sorry lads.   But I don't want you making that effort and then me not making it.



I will try and make one of these soon.

No worries.

I that case, Plan B - The Willows, Cressing via a scenic route???

Works for me too.  19:15 at Witham.  Destination: pub ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 23, 2010, 02:21:15 pm
I have taken the liberty  of creating a route which thanks to newly acquired IT skills I can share with you all. (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Willows-Cressing)  Please feedback accordingly.

If the weather is inclement I still plan to wear my new denim Rainlegs with my even newer 3/4 length trousers cos it's now the summer.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 23, 2010, 03:26:54 pm
^^^ Oh, by the way, I've got new pants as well.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on March 23, 2010, 03:38:52 pm
The Willows it is then, ok?
Having had the sunniest, warmest ride for 6 months ['End of Hibernation' 200km - lunch and afternoon tea outside!] last Sunday, its bound to rain tomorrow night. Beats snow/sleet/ice though.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 23, 2010, 03:53:47 pm
The Willows it is then, ok?
Having had the sunniest, warmest ride for 6 months ['End of Hibernation' 200km - lunch and afternoon tea outside!] last Sunday, its bound to rain tomorrow night. Beats snow/sleet/ice though.

Groovy.  Do you wanna meet us at Witham station or at the pub? 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 23, 2010, 04:20:56 pm
^^^ Oh, by the way, I've got new pants as well.

TMI
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on March 24, 2010, 08:43:08 am
The Willows it is then, ok?
Having had the sunniest, warmest ride for 6 months ['End of Hibernation' 200km - lunch and afternoon tea outside!] last Sunday, its bound to rain tomorrow night. Beats snow/sleet/ice though.

Groovy.  Do you wanna meet us at Witham station or at the pub? 
I'll head straight to the pub, as I can't leave home before about 7pm. I need to get out, as have been stuck with poorly #2 son for the past couple of days [no, I should say  looking after sympathetically!]
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2010, 09:13:30 am
^^^  Smashing, we'll see you there  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 24, 2010, 12:34:56 pm
Weather is now only showing light rain! :):)  :thumbsup:

BBC Weather | Maldon (http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/2604)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2010, 01:10:50 pm
Weather is now only showing light rain! :):)  :thumbsup:

BBC Weather | Maldon (http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/2604)

Bugger.  I really, really want to try out the denim Rainlegs.  This reminds me of when I got my posh and very expensive waterproof trousers.  It was forking months before they got christened  >:(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on March 24, 2010, 11:35:04 pm
Plenty of rain around the Chelmsford area this evening, how did the ride go?*













*Did O.D wear trousers :o
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 24, 2010, 11:51:27 pm
Just got back in.

Had a few Adnam'ses and Speckled Henses :)  Several Maltesers and crisps and half a pickled egg.

Didn't really get too wet ... tiny spots on the way out, a bit heavier on the way home but not really properly rainy, still just spotty.  Tomsk may have got a bit wetter since he must've been heading into it on his route home.

A very nice route over quite lanes, dreamt up by our esteemed colleague OD.  Tomsk arrived shortly after us.  The pub landlady (I assume) rushed outside to offer the backyard for bike parking (although the landlord hadn't been told so came round to investigate the clanking as we chained bikes to his empty barrels!

Great fun.  We also met a very enthusiastic, if slightly merry1, cycling local.

A grand night out.  :thumbsup:


1. I believe we had the same conversation three, possibly four times.  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 25, 2010, 07:54:58 am
A smashing evening - thanks chaps  :thumbsup: 

We nearly took out a large hare the size of Tigger our biggest cat as it shot across the road under our wheels.  And yet again the Hope 1 effect was very much in evidence.  Two car drivers stopped to let us past on single track lanes, one even reversed back to a passing place.  Two Hopes set to "STUN" really does cause your average motorist to think "What the fork is that coming towards me???"

Unfortunately an annoying lack of rain meant I still haven't worn my fake denim Rainlegs  :'(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 29, 2010, 08:31:11 am
I have received this from Joss, genial host of The Compasses at Littley Green ...

Quote

Hello everyone,
 
After a dark and depressing winter, with not much to cheer about; and to celebrate the clocks going forward and the start of spring (hopefully), I've finally got round to sending out an email to the "Compasses Cycling Club"!
 
The idea at the moment is to do 2 organised rides a week, one on a Wednesday evening and one on a Sunday morning.  The rides will leave the Compasses at 7pm on Wednesdays and 9am on Sundays.  At the moment we'll just see what people want to do when they get here, but I'm thinking it will be an hour or so on Wednesdays and a couple of hours on Sundays.  I'll provide tea and coffee in the pub afterwards, and if it takes off, there might be other treats!
 
So, we start this Wednesday!  The weather is supposed to be awful next week, but I hope that won't put off the hardened riders who've struggled through the winter.  I'm assuming that everyone is going to be of different standards and want to do different things, but if we keep it nice and relaxed and social to start off with, we'll see where it takes us.
 
Hopefully see you on Wednesday then.
 
All the best
 
Joss


I'm sure we can join his merry band on the occasional Wednesday evening.

By the way, I'm not around this Wednesday.  I am compelled to attend the company lash up  >:(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 29, 2010, 03:27:07 pm
I got Joss's mail this morning  :thumbsup: -- I will almost certainly not be able to make it in time for the Compasses Wed evening rides, but will try and make it along to the occasional Sunday jaunt (although not the next two as I'll be away).

The MEMWNS this Weds is scheduled to be to the Prince of Wales, Stow Maries.  They have a lovely selection of ales on at the moment, and an intriguing jar of pickled eggs on the bar.

When I was there on Sunday two separate people were chatting to me about cycling matters - including one whose opening words were "shouldn't you be watching the world championships?"  :thumbsup:  :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on March 29, 2010, 06:47:40 pm
I'll be heading over to the Compasses this Wednesday evening to give support for their first event  O:-)

Hopefully weather will be dry :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 30, 2010, 03:31:55 pm
Is anyone else planning to go across to the Prince of Wales tomorrow?  If so, I'll be heading off from Witham station around 19:15, looking to arrive in Stow Maries around 20:15 or so.

If nobody else is going, I may head off to the Compasses instead to meet any of the "Compasses Cycling Club" chaps who have stayed on in the pub after their ride.  I have it on good authority, that if I twist his arm, chief may hang around there after the ride ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on March 30, 2010, 06:59:02 pm
I'll be staying in, as I'm off early on Fri for a couple of days [well, back Sat pm akshully] on our Easter Arrow, which will use up all my 'man points'.
I noted the Compasses Club inaugural ride, but I'll have to try and fit their jaunts at some future date.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 30, 2010, 08:54:23 pm
I'll be staying in, as I'm off early on Fri for a couple of days [well, back Sat pm akshully] on our Easter Arrow, which will use up all my 'man points'.
I noted the Compasses Club inaugural ride, but I'll have to try and fit their jaunts at some future date.

Have fun on the Arrow -- I'd forgotten about that.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 31, 2010, 09:12:25 am
Given the turnout,  the wind/rain that's on the cards for tonight,  the clashing Compasses ride and the fact I couldn't motivate myself to pack all my cycling gear into my work bag before bed yesterday ::-), I'm going to bail on tonight.  :'(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 31, 2010, 09:15:53 am
You pussy.

By the way, I'm rather taken with the Easter Arrow. Next year we might have to enter a team. Why's it called the Easter Arrow? 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on March 31, 2010, 09:33:02 am
You pussy.

By the way, I'm rather taken with the Easter Arrow. Next year we might have to enter a team. Why's it called the Easter Arrow? 

Because it's an Arrow, held at Easter.

HTH
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 31, 2010, 06:51:49 pm
But why an arrow or am I being thick?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: SandyV on March 31, 2010, 09:47:11 pm
OD - there are fleches (arrows) around the Audax world where teams start anywhere and fly (ride?) like arrows to the same target end point.  In Australia we had the Fleche Opperman 2 weeks ago.  Th RUSA website explains it pretty well (the French started it with the Fleche Velocio):

flèche vélocio   (flesh veh low chi o) - A team ride of 24-hours' duration, usually held over the Easter weekend. Very well attended in France, they are becoming increasingly popular among American randonneurs. A team may consist of three to five machines (a tandem counts as a single machine) and at least three machines must finish together to receive official credit. Each team must choose its own route and may not ride with any other cyclists. A minimum of 360 kilometers must be covered inside 24 hours, with no less than 25 kilometers to be ridden in the final two hours. Flèche routes are point-to-point or a large circuit since any particular stretch of road may be used only once during the event by the team. In French, flèche means "arrow", so the traditional method is to ride from one point to another, like an arrow flying into the bullseye. In France a multitude of flèche teams, having left from various cities and villages, will converge 24 hours later on the bullseye, which is the traditional Easter cycling rally in Provence. (Note there are other events in France with this name as well, eg. the Flèches de France, which are not the same sort of event.

HTH
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 31, 2010, 09:50:55 pm
Excellent, thanks Sandy :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 01, 2010, 09:00:47 pm
I knew somebody actually helpful would be along to explain properly :)

BTW, it turns out that chief decided against the Compasses ride in the end.  I know this because we accidentally  ::-) went to a beer festival instead.  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 01, 2010, 10:08:21 pm
What beer festival?  You supposed to be riding bicycles!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 01, 2010, 10:14:23 pm
What beer festival?  You supposed to be riding bicycles!

I'd already bailed out, and chief twisted my arm to hop off the train in Chelmsford.

we had a few in the Plough, which has an impressive enough range of ales.  Then we moved on to the White Horse which was running it's own beer festival in honour of CAMRA cask ale week  :thumbsup:

Then on for a curry.

I did ride home though! From Witham station
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on April 02, 2010, 06:26:02 pm
What beer festival?  You supposed to be riding bicycles!

*shufflesfeet*  O:-)

It was always going to be tight to get home, de-suite, faff and then get back on the bike to get to the Compasses.  That timing got even tighter when the trains played up.  So in the interest of the MEMWNS I called Oaky, twisted his arm [a little] and had a pint with him  :-*

The beer festival was a lucky but fantastic find, in-fact, Oaky was so pleased he RAN back to Chelmsford station to use the cash point so as to help pay for their delicacies on offer  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 02, 2010, 06:30:33 pm
You should both be ashamed  >:(

I'd have never behaved in such a manner  :smug:

 ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 06, 2010, 10:42:02 am
It seems this week is CURRY week!  :thumbsup:

07 Apr 2010   Queen Victoria/Jalsa Ghar   Great Dunmow

I'm definitely in.  Any other takers?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 06, 2010, 11:07:12 am
Bugger. I shall be in Portsmouth but out with customers not Hummers & co.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on April 07, 2010, 08:01:17 am
I've got book club tonight O:-), but I'll stop by my 'local' on the way back :demon:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on April 07, 2010, 12:10:18 pm
Would have liked to but got stuff to do :( I do like the Jalsa Ghar curries :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 07, 2010, 12:56:57 pm
Crossed paths with chief this morning, while dropping my bike off at Chelmsford.

We should be setting off around 7pm, going via chief's place so he can change into cycling gear, then onwards to the pubbe.

We were/are wavering on location though, seeing as it's just the two of us, we might bail out and go to the Square and Compasses for a portion of Vic's mahoosive lasagne instead.   I'll give it a couple of hours and give chief a bell to see how he's leaning then...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 07, 2010, 02:36:34 pm
Have fun.  I should be OK for next week.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 07, 2010, 04:21:23 pm
...
We were/are wavering on location though, seeing as it's just the two of us, we might bail out and go to the Square and Compasses for a portion of Vic's mahoosive lasagne instead.   I'll give it a couple of hours and give chief a bell to see how he's leaning then...

I just took a spirit level to chief, and he's leaning towards the Square and Compasses.

It's not usually like him to turn down a curry  :o (but in his defence we did have one last night  ;D).

Jalsa Ghar will be saved for another occasion then.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on April 07, 2010, 06:46:03 pm
Ok, chaps. See you next week, wherever we go?!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 07, 2010, 11:19:16 pm
A first:  home before 11pm!

We started out with chief's commute/time-trial up Broomfield road out of Chelmsford, with a brief stop at his place to allow him to change out of work clothes into something more suited to cycling.

A quick pit stop in Littley Green was decided upon, to try and catch Joss and any other cyclists on their Wednesday night ride as they arrived.   We just overlapped with them (three altogether) as we were leaving, two pints of Wherry later.

Then on to the Square and Compasses for dinner a few Stoker's Ales and a Dark Star.

Just under 19 miles by the time I got home.  Lovely night for it -- I feel very much better for getting out on the bike.

Now I just have to try and resist going back tomorrow night to sample other parts of the menu (I'm really tempted to make two of their starters be tomorrow night's meal --- beef carpaccio and something based around a pigeon breast, IIRC).  Also needing to be resisted tomorrow is the Maldon Beer festival.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 07, 2010, 11:37:10 pm
The S&C pigeon is well worth trying. It claims to be locally shot which I take to mean that Vic leans out of his bedroom window with a big gun.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 12, 2010, 11:29:18 am
I can come out to play this Wednesday.  Where shall we go? 

Back in the mists of time we volunteered TOKaMaK and bobb to entertain us though I appreciate that His bobbness might still be unable to ride.  Any ideas chaps?  If not that's fine, I'm sure we can come up with another cunning plan.  By the way, I fancy cranking up the distance, perhaps 30 to 40 miles?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 12, 2010, 11:54:25 am
I should be OK for this (with the usual limitations of starting from Witham station at 19:15 ish or Chelmsford at 19:00ish).

Unless TOKaMaK has a different cunning plan,  I did half wonder if we could engineer a ride to end somewhere that would be possible for bobb could reach on foot/by bus etc., if he fancied a meet-up with us?  Not sure where would work for that though.

Otherwise, I'm open for anything really.  30-40 miles would be welcome.  I seem to have signed up for a 200km on sunday when my longest ride so far this year has probably been the FYBO camping trip.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 12, 2010, 12:06:07 pm
^^^  I have no problem with getting the train to Chelmsford and meeting you there.  We can then cycle home via pubs and scenery.  I can plot a route if you want.  

Meeting up with bobb would be cool.

EDIT: just had a peek at one of my many OS maps.  It looks like Regional Route 50 could well be our friend.  It loops back past chief's house so he won't need his missus to come and pick him up  ;D  :-*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on April 12, 2010, 09:06:01 pm

EDIT: just had a peek at one of my many OS maps.  It looks like Regional Route 50 could well be our friend.  It loops back past chief's house so he won't need his missus to come and pick him up  ;D  :-*

*shufflesfeet*

Lots going on for me in the evenings at the moment but hoping to get out this Wednesday :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 13, 2010, 01:54:59 am

EDIT: just had a peek at one of my many OS maps.  It looks like Regional Route 50 could well be our friend.  It loops back past chief's house so he won't need his missus to come and pick him up  ;D  :-*

*shufflesfeet*

Lots going on for me in the evenings at the moment but hoping to get out this Wednesday :thumbsup:

I smell a quorum!!!!  ;) :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 13, 2010, 09:59:27 am
In the absence of another plan I have put together a 35.5 mile route CLICKY (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Chelmsford-Big-Loop)

I haven't identified a pub but I thought be could track one down on the road.  I will be wanting my tea so lets hope we can find one with decent food.

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 13, 2010, 12:34:13 pm
In the absence of another plan I have put together a 35.5 mile route CLICKY (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Chelmsford-Big-Loop)

I haven't identified a pub but I thought be could track one down on the road.  I will be wanting my tea so lets hope we can find one with decent food.

Any thoughts?

chief's house?  ;D

At about 24 miles, we'd be very close to the Compasses, but it will probably be getting on a bit by then (might be pushing it for food?  I'n not sure what time they stop their Huffers).

We'll be practically riding past the Leather Bottle in Blackmore, but that'll be at 7.5 miles or so  It does do food, but I think the food side is more "restaurant" like.

Pleshey looks to be in the the right place... not sure if the Leather Bottle there is still open (I know one of the pubs in Pleshey closed down) or if it does food, though.

Oooh... I just realised ... we go past two "Leather Bottles""!  It'd be rude not to, surely!  :demon:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 13, 2010, 01:32:28 pm
The White Something-or-other at Pleshey stops serving at 9pm so we might not make it in time.  Probably best to eat at the Leather Bottle in Blackmore.  What do you think?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 13, 2010, 02:07:37 pm
The White Something-or-other at Pleshey stops serving at 9pm so we might not make it in time.  Probably best to eat at the Leather Bottle in Blackmore.  What do you think?

I'm not sure which of the pubs in Pleshey is still open - chief might know ... I thought that either the White Horse or the Leather Bottle had closed down, but could be mistaken.

If we manage to set off by 7 from Chelmsford, we should be in Pleshey before 9, but it would mean not stopping at the Leather Bottle in Blackmore which would be a shame.  I think the Leather Bottle (Blackmore) does only do food in their restaurant end.  Sounds like nice stuff though: The Leather Bottle Bar & Restaurant located in Blackmore village, Essex (http://theleatherbottle.net/a-la-carte-menu.html).

We're also not going to be a million miles away from the Walnut Tree (Broads Green) on your route, but probably touch and go for getting there before 9.

We need our local native guide (chief) to tootle along and dispense some advice :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 13, 2010, 02:29:24 pm
It was the White Horse in Pleshey I phoned. 

I don't mind which we go for but I shall do lots and lots of face pulling if we fly past The Leather Bottle in Blackmore and then get to the White Horse too late for my tea.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 13, 2010, 02:40:03 pm
It was the White Horse in Pleshey I phoned. 

I don't mind which we go for but I shall do lots and lots of face pulling if we fly past The Leather Bottle in Blackmore and then get to the White Horse too late for my tea.

Let's eat in Blackmore then, assuming they let sweaty lycra-loutsgentlemen of our calibre into their restaurant.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 13, 2010, 02:49:46 pm
Cool, I will meet you at Chelmsford railway station at 7pm.  I'm looking forward to a longer ride as I badly need to get back in shape.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 13, 2010, 02:52:09 pm
Cool, I will meet you at Chelmsford railway station at 7pm.  I'm looking forward to a longer ride as I badly need to get back in shape.

"Round" is a shape.  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 13, 2010, 02:56:08 pm
Cool, I will meet you at Chelmsford railway station at 7pm.  I'm looking forward to a longer ride as I badly need to get back in shape.

"Round" is a shape.  :P

True but I'm aiming for long streak of piss shape.  Round and panting isn't good.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 13, 2010, 03:08:28 pm
Cool, I will meet you at Chelmsford railway station at 7pm.  I'm looking forward to a longer ride as I badly need to get back in shape.

"Round" is a shape.  :P

True but I'm aiming for long streak of piss shape.  Round and panting isn't good.

But if you are aiming to be a racing-snake, you'll need to replace that hunk'o'steel'n'leather with a titanium-railed carbon-fibre Fi'zik.  Can't have a saddle that weighs more than the rider.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 13, 2010, 03:27:04 pm
^^^ It's a training aid  ;D

By the way, I've cut out an article from Cycling Plus about the Whiskey Trail.  The chap in the photos has a top like yours.

What news on the Ride Leader thing?  I've been exchanging e-mails with Essex County Council and they are keen to have you  :o
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 13, 2010, 03:35:40 pm
By the way, I've cut out an article from Cycling Plus about the Whiskey Trail.  The chap in the photos has a top like yours.

Sounds like a version of the article that was in the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (http://www.smws.co.uk/)'s "Unfiltered" magazine an issue or two back.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on April 13, 2010, 07:42:13 pm
   I'll meet you all at the Leather Bottle in Blackmore, then? I won't be able to leave Dunmow until 6:30 at the earliest.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 13, 2010, 08:19:09 pm
   I'll meet you all at the Leather Bottle in Blackmore, then? I won't be able to leave Dunmow until 6:30 at the earliest.

Excellent!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 13, 2010, 08:21:36 pm
   I'll meet you all at the Leather Bottle in Blackmore, then? I won't be able to leave Dunmow until 6:30 at the earliest.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 14, 2010, 09:31:31 am
@19:00, the Beeb/Met-office reckon 11C, Sunny intervals.  Sunset at 19:53.  ;D :thumbsup:

8 miles or so from CHM to Blackmore, so I may even leave my arm/leg-warmers off until after dinner.  Hopefully won't even have to switch my lights on (the dynamo ones stay on anyway).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 14, 2010, 09:34:41 am
... and I've just bought some sexy SPD sandals but they have yet to be delivered  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 14, 2010, 09:38:07 am
... sexy ... sandals ...

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 14, 2010, 10:07:23 am
Not NHS Shimano jobs but sexy Lake jobbies  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 14, 2010, 10:14:33 am
I'm off to find the mindbleach.  I just started thinking about the combination of SPD sandals and denim rainlegs.  :sick: :hand:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on April 14, 2010, 07:24:59 pm
Not NHS Shimano jobs but sexy Lake jobbies  :thumbsup:
Ooh, which ones? Delthebike and I have matching Lake ones, the results of which can be seen here (beware the tan lines):

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3472/3712155267_4296768f69.jpg?v=0)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2430/3684567896_7982f9cf5c.jpg?v=0)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on April 14, 2010, 07:30:35 pm
That reminds me I've got to get a different colour varnish!  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 15, 2010, 01:31:50 am
Just got back in (01:15).  about 39 miles, with OD for all, and chief and Tomsk for most of it.

Lovely night.

1 faerie visitation, but unfortunately for the museums of the world I dropped the flint that went straight through the central protection band of my Marathon plus.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4174827628_af47211ec3.jpg)

I think it was the one on the left.

A game of two halves1 -- dinner and Doom Bar in the Leather Bottle, Blackmore, followed by a cheeky pint before closing (err....) in the Leather Bottle, Pleshey.

Two Leather Bottles.  That could be almost a message from the future about Jordan's 60th birthday photo shoot.  ;)


1. I should point out that I didn't drink any halves  :smug:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 15, 2010, 09:05:07 am
Last night - what was that all about?

First up, how did my 35 mile route turn into 41 miles (average 13.7mph)?  I got home at just gone 1am and one’s good lady was not impressed.  Mind you, I’m quite pleased at the state of my legs this morning.

How much beer did we drink?  The poor waitress at the first Leather Bottle lost count and had to ask us.  Even Tomsk, normally the sensible steady one, was knocking it back.  And Tomsk old mate, real ale is not a bona fide energy drink.

When we arrived at the second Leather Bottle it really got silly.  Why was chief handing out tissues?  I dread to think what he was proposing.  We also learnt that chief has to take a picture of Oaky drinking a pint in every pub they visit.  And he catalogues them.  That’s very sweet, but also a bit worrying don’t you think?
 
A local informed us that 23 vicars had been in earlier, there is some sort retreat up the road.  This prompted Oaky to fashion a makeshift dog collar using one of chief’s tissues.  There is a picture that will no doubt appear.  When it does all will see that Hummers has a rival when it comes to impersonating dodgy clergy.  Choirboys of England fear not, they’re only pretending.

Chief got up to buy yet another round, whilst he was at the bar I checked the time.  11:30!  Don’t they have licensing laws in Pleshey?  As we were preparing to leave at midnight I asked the landlord about his opening hours “Don’t worry” says our genial host “I’ll stay open while ever you’re drinking”  Overhearing this Oaky takes his jacket off and sits down again!

Just remember chaps, I had a Quaker upbringing and led a quiet, sheltered life thus far.  Take pity on me please.

PS - don't forget the next Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub on the 23rd.  The Green Dragon, Youngs End.


Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on April 15, 2010, 09:57:33 am
What fun! Sounds like a great night!

Little bit of bobb trivia - did you know The Leather Bottle in Blackmore is run by Kat Slater's mum and dad? (well obviously the girl who played her rather than actually Kat Slater!)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 15, 2010, 10:49:51 am
Last night - what was that all about?

First up, how did my 35 mile route turn into 41 miles (average 13.7mph)?

Trajectory?

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How much beer did we drink?  

I'm probably not the best person to ask that of, but I estimate ~7 or so.  (3 in the Leather Bottle, then 4 in the Leather Bottle).

Extrapolating that up, if 7 gets me round 40 miles, then I'll need 21 for the Audax on Sunday.  Pubs won't even be open for the first 4 hours either.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 15, 2010, 01:36:28 pm
Why was chief handing out tissues?

Note that the tissues were handed round immediately after the mention of this thread: Cross training: Onanibics (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=32024.0)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on April 15, 2010, 10:12:37 pm
*shufflesfeet*

Erm, well, a quiet night out, not much to say really.  Probably easier if I sum it up with a couple of pics

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 16, 2010, 09:48:21 am
I have just shown these pictures to My Good Lady.  Cue the resigned smile, rolling of eyes before saying "And how old are you lot?"   ;D

I thought the evening was a huge success.  Amongst all the silliness I did 41 miles at a reasonable lick, I'm well pleased with that, not a bad distance for an evening ride.  Tomsk would have done even more and chief a bit less.

Oh and by the way, I note that chief has kept quiet about yet another guilty secret.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 16, 2010, 11:57:26 am
Not NHS Shimano jobs but sexy Lake jobbies  :thumbsup:
Ooh, which ones? Delthebike and I have matching Lake ones, the results of which can be seen here (beware the tan lines):

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3472/3712155267_4296768f69.jpg?v=0)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2430/3684567896_7982f9cf5c.jpg?v=0)

THESE (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Lake_I~O_Sandals/5360041829/).  Not arrived yet.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 19, 2010, 04:49:54 pm
This week's official venue is The Hurdlemaker's Arms at Woodham Mortimer.

They currently have Abbot Ale, Mighty Oak IPA, something blonde from Dark Star, and a very nice "Hot XXX Buns" from Brentwood, amongst their wares.

I won't be there on account of going to Ipswich to see Dara O'Briain.

Tomsk and I did, however, recce a route to the Hurdlemakers (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Westerley-200km-2010) on Sunday.  It fits perfectly with OD's "more riding, less beer" maxim for the MEMWNS.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on April 19, 2010, 09:14:34 pm
    I'm ok for Wednesday night and can confirm that riding ***km does give one a bit of a thirst. The 'Hot XXX Buns' is an excellent brew: a previous beer pump label [discretely fixed to the pub ceiling along with zillions of beermats] is possibly nsfw!
    Looking ahead to my 'Hosted ride' on 5th May - I think we should end up at the 'Q.Vic/Jalsa Ghar' for CURRY here in Dunmow, so I will need a rough idea of numbers to book a table. Any preferred start location? Maybe Chelmsford or Braintree? Or we could meet up somewhere en-route as per the Flitch way ride last year. Your thoughts please, ladies and gentlemen.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 19, 2010, 10:31:53 pm
I shall be in Leeds, as I am now.

But, I have just completed 27.35 hilly miles with a certain Mr Nesbitt.  My legs coped well but at one point I regretted not packing my spare pair of lungs in The Magic Bag Lite TM.

Next week I shall be doing me Ride Leader's First Aid course in Southend.  As Essex County Council has thus far failed to provide me with another hi-vis vest, perhaps once I have completed the course they will provide me with a nurse's outfit.  Here's hoping.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 20, 2010, 03:30:10 pm
    Looking ahead to my 'Hosted ride' on 5th May - I think we should end up at the 'Q.Vic/Jalsa Ghar' for CURRY here in Dunmow, so I will need a rough idea of numbers to book a table.

:thumbsup:  I shall make sure the date is in my diary.

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Any preferred start location? Maybe Chelmsford or Braintree? Or we could meet up somewhere en-route as per the Flitch way ride last year. Your thoughts please, ladies and gentlemen.

I'm happy with any of the above.  I can start earlier at chelmsford than any of the others, but I don't have any objection to Braintree/Rayne/S&C or anywhere really.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on April 20, 2010, 03:34:53 pm
...
First up, how did my 35 mile route turn into 41 miles (average 13.7mph)?  I got home at just gone 1am and one’s good lady was not impressed.  Mind you, I’m quite pleased at the state of my legs this morning.
...

Hhhhhmmmmm

...
But, I have just completed 27.35 hilly miles with a certain Mr Nesbitt.  My legs coped well but at one point I regretted not packing my spare pair of lungs in The Magic Bag Lite TM.
...

and I did 25 hilly miles last night and some weight lifting today

Mr Dad, do I detect a common theme here?  Have you set your bicycyle abacus up properly?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on April 20, 2010, 09:14:25 pm
Oh and by the way, I note that chief has kept quiet about yet another guilty secret.

I was young, I needed the money, you're not going to make me confess to the part time tissue-vicar are you  :o

I'm not going to be able to make it out tomorrow evening  :(

Regarding the Jalsa I'll defo be along.  As I need to head home first I'd probably cycle to meet people on-route at Flitch way if Braintree is the starting point.  Hmmmmm Jalsa CURRY  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on April 21, 2010, 08:20:50 am
    Tonight's orf then? Shame, I was looking forward to North Hill again!
    I sense a 'Bisto Kid' effect luring curry lovers to Dunmow in two weeks time :thumbsup:! How about Rayne station as a start for my ride [7pm?]; I'll do a loop north, through Saling/Bardfield rather than the direct route along the Flitch way.ETA Jalsa Ghar 8:30.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 21, 2010, 08:28:26 am
Due to yet more changes of plan I'm back in Essex but fear that bogging off tonight might not go down too well because ...

I have just bumped  The Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub thread (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12973.480).  It's this Friday you know!

As it's St George's Day on Friday the Green Dragon at Youngs End was chosen but I don't mind going somewhere else; a bike ride and a pub is all I'm after.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on April 26, 2010, 10:18:35 pm
No show for me this Wednesday as duty calls in Londinium  O:-)

It also gives me time to sort the Dawes out   :-X
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 27, 2010, 10:53:20 am
No show for me this Wednesday as duty calls in Londinium  O:-)

It also gives me time to sort the Dawes out   :-X

I'm going to be AWOL this wednesday too (I'm on childminding duties while mrs_o goes out).

Shame, as it's this one:-

28 Apr 2010   Wheatsheaf   Writtle

which I missed out on last time around too!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on April 28, 2010, 01:30:46 am
I could do The Wheatsheaf in Writtle as it's in walking distance. Let me know if any of you lot are going to turn up!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on April 30, 2010, 02:44:37 pm
So Wednesday is a ride to Dunmow and the Jalsa Ghar curry house, courtesy of Tomsk.

My plan is to drive to the Jalsa Ghar and park there, then cycle to wherever people want to start a ride, and cycle back to Dunmow with y'all. Where are people starting from?

I think James might also come along, depending on how busy he is with work.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on April 30, 2010, 07:55:28 pm
    Plan 'A' is to meet at Rayne Station at 19:00. Time can be adjusted to suit. I'll book a table for 20:30; flexible too of course, at this stage.
    For AH and any others leaving fron Dunmow: I'll meet you at the Q Vic shortly after 18:00 for a slightly indirect ride to Rayne. I'll be avoiding the B1256 [old A120]/Stane St] as it can be busy on the Little Dunmow bit at that time, going via Bran End /Stebbing to pick up the 1256 at Blake End, where/when it should be quieter for the short stretch to Rayne. Probably.
    So far we have: Tomsk
                              Auntie Helen
                              Oaky
                              Chief
                              Oscar's Dad
    Any more?
                             
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on April 30, 2010, 08:13:11 pm
James as a possible, too.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on April 30, 2010, 08:55:55 pm
I wouldn't be able to make it for 7:00, but might be able to make 7:15/7:20 ish if I can persuade work to let me leave early (5:30)...  I need to check some train times...  I did wonder if Braintree station might afford me some other options, but it looks like the earliest I could get there would be 7:16.

I'm currently working out whether setting off from Chelmsford or Witham is better (I can start nearly 15 mins earlier from CHM, but it's a bit further to Rayne form there than WTM).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 30, 2010, 09:18:08 pm
I'm a maybe. Got to work out logistics.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on May 01, 2010, 09:33:53 pm
    Put start time back to 19:30? Or we can meet at the Square and Compasses at the same time - that'd be more like a 1 1/2 hour ride from Dunmow, or we could start a bit earlier, if thats ok with AH/UJ?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 01, 2010, 10:04:02 pm
I can certainly start earlier, no probs.

With regard to the railway line bit, anyone object if I avoid the last bit with the narrow bridge/walking the plank and take the road route at that section?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 01, 2010, 10:12:48 pm
I can certainly start earlier, no probs.

With regard to the railway line bit, anyone object if I avoid the last bit with the narrow bridge/walking the plank and take the road route at that section?

And miss man-handling you by the rack?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on May 03, 2010, 09:01:48 pm
    OK, Jalsa Ghar is booked for 8:30pm [provisionally - they are amazingly laid back about this, but I'll call them in the early evening re: numbers and eta.]
    Lets go with meeting at the Square & Compasses, Fuller Street, at 7pm - will that work for those returning from London?
    We'll set off from Dunmow [Queen Vic] at 5:30pm, to meet at the S & C. AH, I'm hoping to avoid the Flitch Way altogether!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 03, 2010, 09:05:23 pm
Sounds good. It is unlikely that James will be along as he's got quite a busy week of evening things so it'll probably just be me.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 03, 2010, 10:06:45 pm
    OK, Jalsa Ghar is booked for 8:30pm [provisionally - they are amazingly laid back about this, but I'll call them in the early evening re: numbers and eta.]
    Lets go with meeting at the Square & Compasses, Fuller Street, at 7pm - will that work for those returning from London?
    We'll set off from Dunmow [Queen Vic] at 5:30pm, to meet at the S & C. AH, I'm hoping to avoid the Flitch Way altogether!

S&C :thumbsup:  ... I might be a little after 7.00  :-\  I'm hoping to get back to Witham by 18:41, from where it's a shade under 6 miles on a bike that goes a shade under 15 miles an hour on a good day  ;)

Looking forward to this!  :D

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 04, 2010, 07:41:14 am
I'm going to pass on this I'm afraid. Have fun!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 04, 2010, 06:25:31 pm
So is it just Tomsk, Oaky, Chief and me?

Oh, and are you Mid Essex lot coming to my 'Essex is (Mostly) Flat' ride on Saturday? I know Mrs_o is so Oaky is probably looking after the Acorns, but what about the rest of ye?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 04, 2010, 06:29:31 pm
So is it just Tomsk, Oaky, Chief and me?

Oh, and are you Mid Essex lot coming to my 'Essex is (Mostly) Flat' ride on Saturday? I know Mrs_o is so Oaky is probably looking after the Acorns, but what about the rest of ye?

Not I I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 04, 2010, 06:30:20 pm
I'm beginning to think you're a pigment of my imagination - haven't seen you for ages, even though you've apparently been lurking around Colchester recently...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 04, 2010, 06:31:41 pm
I'm beginning to think you're a pigment of my imagination - haven't seen you for ages, even though you've apparently been lurking around Colchester recently...

You saw me at the Square and Compasses Friday before last.  Was that not you?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on May 04, 2010, 09:16:53 pm
With the Dawes in pieces and spread around Chelmsford*, it's likely that I'll not be riding tomorrow night.  However, Mrs chief and I would still like to come along to the Jalsa if that's okay?  Naturally it would mean both a lift to and from a cycling event which will be ground breaking for me  :thumbsup:  Though I might be tempted to wear full cycling gear just to keep up appearances   :P

I'll keep an eye on the forum tomorrow but unless things change we will probably aim to get there for 20:00-20:15, if we're early then I'll be forced to refresh myself with a suitable beverage to rewind after such a long car journey O:-)

* from the great April stacks of 2010
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 04, 2010, 09:22:32 pm
I'm beginning to think you're a pigment of my imagination - haven't seen you for ages, even though you've apparently been lurking around Colchester recently...

You saw me at the Square and Compasses Friday before last.  Was that not you?
Oops, so I did. You clearly weren't very memorable  :-[
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on May 04, 2010, 11:01:36 pm
    So.... its me, Oaky, Auntie Helen, plus the motorised Chiefs? Tried, without success to persuade Mrs T, plus curry loving no.1 son, but they have other plans.
    Re: the WARTY - yes, I shall definitely be there - no audaxing for me this weekend. How odd; it means the weather will certainly be good. ;D
   See y'all tomorrow.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on May 05, 2010, 07:19:19 am
I can't be there tonight but I'm free from 5 p.m. next week.

What's the plan for Weds 12th?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 05, 2010, 08:27:46 am
I can't be there tonight but I'm free from 5 p.m. next week.

What's the plan for Weds 12th?

I just checked TEH LIST (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=27343.0) and it seems we've started to hit the "further afield" venues that we saved for the lighter evenings...

12 May 2010   5 Bells   Colne Engaine

19 May 2010   Railway Tavern   Southminster
26 May 2010   HOSTED RIDE   Auntie Helen/Uncle James
02 Jun 2010   Red Lion   Finchingfield
07 Jun 2010   Swan   Bures
16 Jun 2010   HOSTED RIDE   mike
23 Jun 2010   Bell Inn   Castle Hedingham
30 Jun 2010   Walnut Tree   Broads Green
07 Jul 2010   HOSTED RIDE   special guest Jon
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 05, 2010, 08:31:58 am
Sorry Tomsk, you'd already told me you were coming to the WARTY and it slipped my mind!

The Hosted Ride for us late May should be fun - I'll have had a 3 hour German exam in the morning, the end of my second year at Uni, so will be in the mood for some celebration. James and I have recently discovered a rather nice pub which serves a good selection of beer and dessert which is 2.5 miles away from our local which brews its own, so I see a shortish pub crawl in the offing.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on May 05, 2010, 04:35:45 pm
    Quite a few of the 'further afield' rides are out my way ;D, in fact nearer than some of the winter jaunts. AH/UJ's ride on 26th May will be proper long though! I may have to 'do a Chief' and call for Thunderbird 2. Of course, by then I will have ridden a 400 & a 600 Audax, but its harder to get psyched up for a long night ride when its a pub based form of pleasure!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on May 05, 2010, 07:36:01 pm
me, Oaky, Auntie Helen, plus the motorised Chiefs

Sounds like some sort of pop band  :D

Leaving soon for the Jalsa, hhmmm Jalsa CURRY  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 05, 2010, 07:50:28 pm
I am up for an EMERGENCY PUB RIDE tomorrow evening.  Don't have defined plans but I would like to be home between 2200 to 2300 hours. And sober.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 06, 2010, 12:36:51 am
Just back from the Jalsa Ghar.

A lovely night's riding.  Met up with Tomsk and Auntie Helen at the S&C after seriously hooning it fron Witham station - breaking my average speed record for my Globe city bike (18.0 mph ... 0.5 faster than the prior best ... I woudln't be unhappy to see that on my road bike  :D)

A swift half of stoker's ale to keep me going (and a pint of water since i'd forgotten to fill my water bottle at work) and we set off for Dunmow via a grand route of Tomsk's devising.

AH, Tomsk and I arrived at the CURRY house just after 8:30, where chief and mrs chief were awaiting us.  Several pints of Doom Bar, a Lamb curry flavoured with Naga chilis (EDIT: Lamb Kushbo, IIRC and very nice it was too) and some cheesy peas later, I set off home.  I decided not to try and reverse Tomsk's route since I didn't want to end up in Sudbury by mistake, so took a route that I mostly knew via Felsted, Great Leighs & Terling.

Just over 40 miles, 14.1 mph average.

Many thanks to Tomsk for the route -- I'll have to track it down on my OS map to see which particular lanes those were.  I particularly enjoyed the roads round the airfield -- that long straight one could be a real blast if in the mood  :demon:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 06, 2010, 08:27:50 am
I'm glad you chaps had a great time.  Tomsk, please could you post your route, it sounds lovely.

I've decided to head over to Finchingfield this evening as I've only ever been there in the middle of the night with Wow.  I'll be leaving Witham at about 6pm if anyone fancies tagging along.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 06, 2010, 08:53:41 am
I'm glad you chaps had a great time.  Tomsk, please could you post your route, it sounds lovely.

I've decided to head over to Finchingfield this evening as I've only ever been there in the middle of the night with Wow.  I'll be leaving Witham at about 6pm if anyone fancies tagging along.

Much as I'd like to, I'll have to pass -- mrs_o is out so I'll be on Acorn patrol.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 06, 2010, 12:48:27 pm
Tomsk, please could you post your route, it sounds lovely.

I think this was approximately it:-

S+C to Rayne Station (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Queenborough+Ln+to:51.872994,0.505929&geocode=FWqkFgMdqCIIAA%3BFW1lFwMdISYIAA%3B&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=2&sz=15&via=1&sll=51.86984,0.517344&sspn=0.015687,0.032701&ie=UTF8&ll=51.898317,0.447693&spn=0.125415,0.261612&z=12)

Rayne station to Jalsa Ghar (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Station+Rd&daddr=Pods+Ln+to:Unknown+road+to:Unknown+road+to:Watch+House+Rd+to:51.86992,0.365639+to:Stortford+Rd&geocode=FWyGFwMdaLgHAA%3BFb6aFwMdVpQHAA%3BFVfZFwMdh4YHAA%3BFTrxFwMdxO4GAA%3BFR3IFwMdcGIGAA%3B%3BFZaBFwMdbmkFAA&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=5&sz=13&via=1,2,3,4,5&sll=51.882213,0.400143&sspn=0.06273,0.130806&ie=UTF8&ll=51.89069,0.434303&spn=0.125437,0.261612&z=12)

... maybe ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 06, 2010, 01:23:59 pm
Thanks old bean.  I'm going thru Rayne tonight and following a bit of your route.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 06, 2010, 02:08:29 pm
If you want, OD, I can download you ye actuelle GPX track from yesterday.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 06, 2010, 02:25:00 pm
If you want, OD, I can download you ye actuelle GPX track from yesterday.

It's OK thanks. I've got the general idea.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 06, 2010, 03:05:23 pm
BTW - random stats from my OCD report...

yacf mid-Essex mid-week nocturnal series attended: 16
Average mileage: 27.96 miles
Average speed: 12.7 mph
Highest average speed: 14.9 mph
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 06, 2010, 03:17:59 pm
 ::-)  Bored are we?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 06, 2010, 06:55:56 pm
I'm sitting outside The Fox Inn, Finchingfield. I haven't found The Red Lion but this is very nice.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on May 06, 2010, 07:12:07 pm
I'm sitting outside The Fox Inn, Finchingfield. I haven't found The Red Lion but this is very nice.
Head east up the hill from the bridge and the bus stop.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 07, 2010, 08:21:04 am
Well that was smashing.  41.5 miles at an average of 14.9 mph makes it the longest and fastest ride of 2010.  I would have gone faster still had it not been for a headwind on the outward leg.

 The route  (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-to-Finchingfield) from Shalford to Finchingfield was particularly nice - rolling narrow lanes past Redpants Farm and Chief's Farm!

Finchingfield seems to have three pubs.  The Red Lion looks a bit tatty, the Three Tuns looked OK but The Fox Inn was very pleasant with outside tables overlooking the village green.  A church, windmill, tea rooms, shop and Italian restaurant completes the list of attractions I spotted.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 11, 2010, 12:04:10 pm
This Wednesday is 5 Bells, Colne Engaine.

Anyone else going?  I can set off from Witham at around 19:15 (trains permitting).  It's less than 15 miles by a pleasant enough route (including OD's favourite bit of trespassing), but I think the outward journey could be lengthened if desired.

I also noticed that the following week's venue, The Railway Tavern - Southminster, (which I might not be able to make it to - mrs_o is probably out) doesn't appear on my Google map (see the link off my .sig) and a quick search around the web has failed to turn up evidence of its whereabouts yet...  Does anybody remember where we got this one from - was it from that CAMRA leaflet?    This site (http://www.dengie.org.uk/southmpubs.htm) suggests that there are 5 pubs in Southminster, none of which is the "Railway Tavern" (there is a Station Arms though).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 11, 2010, 01:45:39 pm
It was me that suggested the Railway Tavern, but having trawled the web I think I meant the Station Arms.  There is a nice circular ride (apparently) directly to the east out over the Dengie Marshes that loops back via Asheldham.

Now then, next Thursday I have to be up with the larks so a long ride to Southminster won't be a good idea.  However, if we could move the ride to Tuesday (18th) I would be able to take comfortably take part. 

Thoughts boys and girls???
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 11, 2010, 02:05:25 pm
It was me that suggested the Railway Tavern, but having trawled the web I think I meant the Station Arms.  There is a nice circular ride (apparently) directly to the east out over the Dengie Marshes that loops back via Asheldham.

Now then, next Thursday I have to be up with the larks so a long ride to Southminster won't be a good idea.  However, if we could move the ride to Tuesday (18th) I would be able to take comfortably take part. 

Thoughts boys and girls???

I will check with mrs_o tonight -- I might be able to have tuesday night if she's out Wednesday :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on May 11, 2010, 02:22:29 pm
I'm hoping to participate tomorrow evening. I'd get a train to White NOtley and probably cycle home after hours.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 11, 2010, 05:01:13 pm
Calling all members of the Essex and East Anglian Chapter, THIS MIGHT BE OF INTEREST (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=33107.0)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 11, 2010, 05:59:35 pm
Hmmm, Colne Engaine is only 15 miles away from home. That's appealing.

What's more appealing, however, is to park at Colne Engaine and ride to meet someone else (Wowbagger?) and cycle to the pub with them, assuming they don't object to moving at trundle speed.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 11, 2010, 09:13:15 pm
It was me that suggested the Railway Tavern, but having trawled the web I think I meant the Station Arms.  There is a nice circular ride (apparently) directly to the east out over the Dengie Marshes that loops back via Asheldham.

Now then, next Thursday I have to be up with the larks so a long ride to Southminster won't be a good idea.  However, if we could move the ride to Tuesday (18th) I would be able to take comfortably take part. 

Thoughts boys and girls???

I will check with mrs_o tonight -- I might be able to have tuesday night if she's out Wednesday :)

Apparently she's out on Tuesday as well, so I'll have to pass.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on May 11, 2010, 09:18:29 pm
    I'll have to pass, as no.1 son has his drama GCSE performance. 3-line whip etc. Fortunately, we don't have to sit through all the other candidates efforts!
    Have fun!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on May 11, 2010, 10:06:07 pm
No show for me tomorrow night, enjoy the riding all  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 12, 2010, 07:40:53 am
So Oaky, I'm thinking of driving to Colne Engaine, then cycling to meet you/Wowbagger, then riding back with you. How does this sound?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on May 12, 2010, 08:48:27 am
 :o
I will attend! Where is AH to meet others and what time?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 12, 2010, 08:58:51 am
I think AH is assuming either to meet at Witham Station at 7:15ish when Oaky rolls off the train in his post-work haze, or to meet Wowbagger at White Notley a bit laterish where he rolls off the train in his post-not-work haze.

I will have to work out how long it will take me to get to Witham from Colne Engaine but that should be within the severe limits of my brainpower, fortunately.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on May 12, 2010, 09:16:28 am
I think AH is assuming either to meet at Witham Station at 7:15ish when Oaky rolls off the train in his post-work haze, or to meet Wowbagger at White Notley a bit laterish where he rolls off the train in his post-not-work haze.
Oi!  >:( I'll have you know that Wednesday is my Busy Day! I normally do 3½ hours' work!  :P It's just that today my evening session is cancelled.

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I will have to work out how long it will take me to get to Witham from Colne Engaine but that should be within the severe limits of my brainpower, fortunately.

I'm intending to catch a train at 5.38 which, after 2 changes, gets me to White Notley at 7.04. I intend to cycle home.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 12, 2010, 09:20:03 am
If Oaky's going from Witham are you thinking of getting off the train there or just meeting up with us at White Notley?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on May 12, 2010, 09:31:58 am
If Oaky's going from Witham are you thinking of getting off the train there or just meeting up with us at White Notley?

Actually, Witham makes a lot more sense. I thought I was going to be pushed for time but more trains stop at Witham and I could leave home later - 6.08 to arrive at 7.07. That will give me pretty much a whole hour's faffage time at home.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on May 12, 2010, 09:34:47 am
Witham and I could leave home later - 6.08 to arrive at 7.07. That will give me pretty much a whole hour's faffage time at home.
I shall probably be over the road from the station entrance having tea and cake. Or at least very close if the stall is closed.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 12, 2010, 09:38:13 am
I will indeed be leavign from Witham around 7:15, following approximately this route (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=B1018%2FBraintree+Rd&daddr=51.831004,0.648365+to:Boars+Tye+Rd+to:Compasses+Rd+to:Nunty%27s+Ln+to:Unknown+road+to:Church+St&geocode=FcR8FgMdRLwJAA%3B%3BFWAmFwMdyI0JAA%3BFdTUFwMdQtcJAA%3BFVQEGAMd6tsJAA%3BFYJTGAMdHA4KAA%3BFamSGAMdF44KAA&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=13&via=1,2,3,4,5&dirflg=h&sll=51.827291,0.650082&sspn=0.062701,0.130806&ie=UTF8&z=13).

There's a possibility of one other person coming from Witham.  I'm happy to either try and catch people up en-route or set off en-masse from Witham.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 12, 2010, 09:53:28 am
Let's meet at Witham Station or at the café across the road (whose bar will be propped up by Del) at 7:15ish then.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 12, 2010, 10:03:45 am
Will you be wearing your new pink hat Oaky?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 12, 2010, 10:12:36 am
'tis merely virtual.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on May 12, 2010, 04:19:30 pm
 ::-)  :-[ I'm out, fings and stuff have turned up.  :(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 12, 2010, 04:36:52 pm
Well I'm setting off in about half an hour for Colne Engaine by car and will then make my way to Witham to meet Oaky and Wowbagger. Sorry you can't come, Del.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 12, 2010, 05:00:58 pm
See you later! ... Sorry you can't make it Del - seems like ages since we last crossed paths.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on May 12, 2010, 05:36:50 pm
::-)  :-[ I'm out, fings and stuff have turned up.  :(

A shame! It will be a lonely vigil as I climb North Hill in the wee small hours...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 12, 2010, 11:02:50 pm
I'm back! Had a cracking evening, with a rather lonely but pleasant ride from Colne Engaine to Witham where I met Wowbagger and Oaky and we returned by the same route to the pub. The pub did a VERY good Steak & Chips and we ended up having desserts too, whilst Wow and Oaky drank copious amounts of Swallowtail. I had a nice, warm car journey home - don't think the other two are quite as comfortable.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on May 13, 2010, 03:38:09 am
A first-rate ride.

As AH said, we met at Witham, rode to a good pub, ate steak, drank beer and then went home. It was a lovely night, very cold but once the sun had set, still. I thought aI heard a nightingale somewhere Greenstead Green but I wasn't sure. However, I had no doubt at all when one started to sing near Bicknacre, south of White Elm Road, and another, the bird I heard a couple of weeks ago, just outside the borough boundary.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 13, 2010, 06:51:34 am
A first-rate ride.

As AH said, we met at Witham, rode to a good pub, ate steak, drank beer and then went home. It was a lovely night, very cold but once the sun had set, still. I thought aI heard a nightingale somewhere Greenstead Green but I wasn't sure. However, I had no doubt at all when one started to sing near Bicknacre, south of White Elm Road, and another, the bird I heard a couple of weeks ago, just outside the borough boundary.

I wonder if there are any pubs in Berkeley Square.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 13, 2010, 07:22:21 am
Cracking ride - as the others have said.

Humpty Dumpty brewery's Swallowtail, Mill Green brewery's Green Goose and a Crouch Best to cap it all off.

Almost warm enough for bare arms and mitts on the way there (I did it anyway, but my fingers got a wee bit cold in the last mile or so) and quite cold on the way home, but OK once we got moving.

I'd grabbed a pastie on my way through Liverpool street, so skipped the steak course, but had an excellent cheeseboard in the dessert round.

A spit over 30 miles for me, at a stately 10.3mph, arriving home a little after midnight.

One "hedge stop" on OD's favourite trespassing route, which appropriately enough was just over the hedge from a field of peas.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on May 13, 2010, 08:34:23 am
My Cat-eye packed up again because of the cold. The Garmin registered 57.8 miles, the Cat-eye 29.4.

I arrived home at about 3.15, was in bed before 4 but am up again because there is a gang of men with machines having dug up our road in order to fix the sewer. Not much sleep chez Wowbagger today.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on May 16, 2010, 05:55:51 pm
    I'm taking a few days off for a little tour*, so I won't be around this Weds. The following week I should be ok for AH/UJ's hosted ride.

    *I've been meaning to do a rough - stuff tour up the Icknield/Peddar's Way to N. Norfolk for ages and have finally got round to putting knobblies on 'Marge', my old Dawes Acoma MTB [as used on FYBO camp] and have resuscitated a very old and knackered, but extra - wide set of mudguards. The promise of a few days warm weather prompted me, plus I need to get in quick before #1 son's GCSE's start next Friday!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 16, 2010, 06:46:57 pm
I've had my eye on the Peddars Way. Let us know how you get on.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 16, 2010, 07:53:50 pm
I won't be around this Wednesday. James will have been sailing for a few days on our old boat (sold a couple of years ago to a nice chap who likes having James around as knowledgeable crew) so need to welcome him home (this could mean 'cycle to collect him and the car so he can have some beers and I can drive him home')
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 16, 2010, 07:56:56 pm
I'm stuck home on Wednesday, so I won't be there this week either.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 18, 2010, 09:10:43 am
Tonight (Matthew) I shall be alighting from the train in Chelmsford at about 1810.  Then I shall cycle to Maldon along NCN Route 1 cos I've only ever done bits before and one of my esteemed Ranger colleagues has sorted out the signing.

Then I shall be cycling from Maldon to Witham along NCN Route 1/16.

Due to the extreme distances I will no doubt be seeking refreshment in The Cats and Blue Boar.

Feel free to join me.

Love un stuff to one and all  :-*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 18, 2010, 09:31:45 am
Tonight (Matthew) I shall be alighting from the train in Chelmsford at about 1810.  Then I shall cycle to Maldon along NCN Route 1 cos I've only ever done bits before and one of my esteemed Ranger colleagues has sorted out the signing.

Then I shall be cycling from Maldon to Witham along NCN Route 1/16.

Due to the extreme distances I will no doubt be seeking refreshment in The Cats and Blue Boar.

Feel free to join me.

Love un stuff to one and all  :-*

I would love to, but am stuck inside tonight (actually there's a slim chance I might be able to get out in time to rendezvous at the Cats... I'll check and report back)  :-\

I'm definitely trapped at home Wednesday though.  :'(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 18, 2010, 09:37:00 am
OK mate, I'll have my phone with me so give me a call if you manage to sneak out under the wire.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 23, 2010, 09:21:35 pm
This Wednesday is theoretically my hosted ride, in the Colchester/Manningtree area. Is anyone able to come?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 23, 2010, 09:38:22 pm
Not I unfortunately.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on May 23, 2010, 10:15:48 pm
    I'm free! Also, Deniece, [from your neck of the woods] may be persuaded to venture out if you are staying north of Colchester.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 24, 2010, 08:27:07 am
I haven't decided quite yet where we're going but north side of Colchester is highly likely as it avoids some of the annoying hills.

The option for folks is to get the train to Colchester and ride from there to the pubs, perhaps returning from Manningtree. Or to train to and from Manningtree. Those who are riding over could meet at my place (between Colchester and Manningtree) if that works better. I shall think a bit more about it in due course. I have my last Uni exam on Wednesday morning so will be happy to celebrate with an orange juice in a pub. I think James will come along too.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 24, 2010, 09:39:28 am
    I'm free!

you are John Inman AICMFP
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 24, 2010, 09:46:25 am
This Wednesday is theoretically my hosted ride, in the Colchester/Manningtree area. Is anyone able to come?

yep! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 24, 2010, 09:56:18 am
Are you coming by train, Oaky? If so, are you coming to Manningtree or Colchester. Manningtree is nicer, of course...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 24, 2010, 10:23:09 am
Are you coming by train, Oaky? If so, are you coming to Manningtree or Colchester. Manningtree is nicer, of course...

A quick squint at the timetables suggest I could be in Colchester at 19:12 or Manningtree at 19:22, if I manage to catch the 18:20 from Liverpool St.   With a following wind and a prompt (well a few minutes early!) departure from work that should be do-able.   If I miss that one then it's ~20 minutes later at Manningtree.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 24, 2010, 10:28:41 am
I think a start and finish from Manningtree would be best overall as it's much nicer. If we aim to be at Manningtree Station at 7:20 that should hopefully work OK. I have plans for two pubs which are actually fairly near each other but I'll do some sort of weird route between 'em. Maybe 8-10 miles to the first pub (which does food if you require it) and then 5-6 to the second pub, with a 4 mile ride back to Manningtree after that. How does that sound?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 24, 2010, 11:46:52 am
Sounds good to me.

I may ride home afterwards, depending on how I feel.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on May 24, 2010, 08:23:54 pm
I'll meet you all at Manningtree, probably driving over, we'll see.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 26, 2010, 11:13:32 am
I'm all set.  Bike+gear here in office.  Ticket extension to Manningtree in my pocket. :thumbsup:

I just noticed that my intended train is an intercity though -- I hope they don't get funny about my taking a folding bike on there.

I've got a printout of the website page with the "There are no restrictions on folding bicycles" line on it, but I might give them a call and check anyhow.  I doubt I can get there in time to sort a bike reservation out before travelling.   :-\  (If I'd realised the intercity bit beforehand I'd have asked when I bought the ticket this morning  :-[).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on May 26, 2010, 11:15:56 am
I'm all set.  Bike+gear here in office.  Ticket extension to Manningtree in my pocket. :thumbsup:

I just noticed that my intended train is an intercity though -- I hope they don't get funny about my taking a folding bike on there.

I've got a printout of the website page with the "There are no restrictions on folding bicycles" line on it, but I might give them a call and check anyhow.  I doubt I can get there in time to sort a bike reservation out before travelling.   :-\  (If I'd realised the intercity bit beforehand I'd have asked when I bought the ticket this morning  :-[).

You'll be OK - but if it's an inter-city Norwich bound train, it would probably be less hassle to put it in the guard's van unfolded.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 26, 2010, 11:19:08 am
I'm all set.  Bike+gear here in office.  Ticket extension to Manningtree in my pocket. :thumbsup:

I just noticed that my intended train is an intercity though -- I hope they don't get funny about my taking a folding bike on there.

I've got a printout of the website page with the "There are no restrictions on folding bicycles" line on it, but I might give them a call and check anyhow.  I doubt I can get there in time to sort a bike reservation out before travelling.   :-\  (If I'd realised the intercity bit beforehand I'd have asked when I bought the ticket this morning  :-[).

You'll be OK - but if it's an inter-city Norwich bound train, it would probably be less hassle to put it in the guard's van unfolded.

It is Norwich-bound, so I might try the guard's van "on spec", but I almost certainly won't have the time to get a reservation for it.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 26, 2010, 02:43:24 pm
I can't imagine they'll worry about a reservation for the Norwich train - I've never had one and I've stuck my trike on there multiple times.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on May 26, 2010, 03:41:04 pm
I'll drive over. Decided to bring my folding bike too, since its easier to sling in the Ka, and so we'll all be on funny bikes of one kind or another!
See y'all soon.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 26, 2010, 04:05:05 pm
Parking's £2.10 at Manningtree Station (I think!). Alternatively you could park Chez Moi which is 100 yards from the second (and last) pub that we're visiting and ride down to Manningtree with me; I'd leave home about 6:55.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 27, 2010, 09:26:00 am
That was fun!

AH led Tomsk and I on a very pleasant ride out to a lovely pub (The Haywain at Little Bromley(?) -- Tendring CAMRA pub of the year 2009 and 2010) with a nice range of ales.  I sampled the Sticklegs Malt Shovel Mild, another ale I can't remember the name of, and a brew from the Harwich brewery.  They aso had Adnams on, but I didn't try it.

Just short of 20 miles (including my to/from bits) with some mildly undulating terrain, and my first MEMWNS on fixed.  I didn't want to let go too ferociously downhill, but managed to hit 30.8mph.  If my calculations are correct, on my 67.3 inch gear, that's a cadence of ~154rpm.  (Edit:  (30.8 * 1760 * 36) / (67.3 * 60 * pi) = 153.833067 ;))

Thanks, AH:  you have a wonderful taste in pubs (doubly impressive on account of being a teetotaller), .   
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on May 27, 2010, 07:01:42 pm
I am going to the compasses at Littley Green tonight in half an hour with a guy from the village to coerce Joss the landlord into participating in some way in our cycling day in July. If anyone's at a loose end nearby would be nice to see you. Soz for short notice.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on May 28, 2010, 11:12:28 pm
I am going to the compasses at Littley Green tonight in half an hour with a guy from the village to coerce Joss the landlord into participating in some way in our cycling day in July. If anyone's at a loose end nearby would be nice to see you. Soz for short notice.

Didn't see this until this morning (and I was stuck at home until 9:30 anyway last night) otherwise I'd have bombed over.  Any excuse!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 01, 2010, 10:50:52 am
This week's official venue  is

02 Jun 2010   Red Lion   Finchingfield

What's interest looking like so far?

I was chatting to chief at the weekend, and we  were pondering a change of venue if interest is low... perhaps an early visit to check out the Walnut Tree at Broads Green?

(As it happens I was in Finchingfield, albeit by car, yesterday and happened to catch their annual three-legged race, which involves a drink at each of the three pubs and two crossings of the pond. I was not a competitor.)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 01, 2010, 01:11:36 pm
What's interest looking like so far?

To add a couple of known datapoints to this: AH and wowbagger are touring in Germany, and Oscars Dad is away too.

Of the usual crowd1, that leaves myself, chief and Tomsk potentially available tomorrow night.

Anyone else up for a ride out?  Anyone have any firm preferences as to venue? (for or against Finchingfield).

Tomsk?


1. OK "crowd" is stretching things a bit.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 01, 2010, 01:56:31 pm
I am indeed away. In the Lakes. I got up Wrynose albeit pushing up the last bit. I didn't attempt Hardknott. Give me a Alp or Mont Ventoux in 40 degs any day.

Have fun tomorrow night.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on June 01, 2010, 07:59:39 pm
    Sorry chaps, I'm going to book club tomorrow night, as I have 1)actually read and 2)enjoyed, the book this month! ['Confinement' by Katherine McMahon.] I took it with me when I was away the other week and read much of it at pubs/cafes during my leisurely off-road pootle across East Anglia.
    So its coffee n'cake, not pints and pickled eggs for me tomorrow!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 01, 2010, 09:09:03 pm
I'm in Germany with Wowbagger so I send both of our apologies. We will be on the River Rhein tucking into cracking food and drinking beer and orange juice. So there!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 01, 2010, 09:32:17 pm
Sounds like it'll just be chief and I, then.  In that case, we'll probably not go as far as Finchingfield.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 01, 2010, 09:39:45 pm
Has chief bought a tent yet?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 01, 2010, 09:57:40 pm
Has chief bought a tent yet?

As of Saturday lunchtime, he hadn't.  I did pass on some advice, but I'm guessing neither he nor I remember what it was.  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on June 01, 2010, 10:59:59 pm
I'm not sure I remember much of Saturday to be honest  :-X

I'm off work this week, well at least I'm not in an office working, so will be heading to a retail establishment to assemble some of these so called camping products for future adventures.

I believe sausages, tent and a hammer are the core requirements  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on June 01, 2010, 11:22:18 pm

    So its coffee n'cake, not pints and pickled eggs for me tomorrow!

Tomsk mate, we've heard all the stories about this so-called book club and don't believe a word of it

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_a9fdCa3dNbU/TAWHwKeg5GI/AAAAAAAAACo/1VtVXnZiGbo/s800/book_club.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on June 02, 2010, 07:40:19 am
I have a pass to join you at Walnut Tree etc this is dependent on getting away from work on time. I can introduce you to the Rose and Crown which has a wide selection of bar snacks and is nearby. Can you give me a start time please. I shall pm Oaky my mobile for any changes.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 02, 2010, 09:18:43 am
I have a pass to join you at Walnut Tree etc this is dependent on getting away from work on time. I can introduce you to the Rose and Crown which has a wide selection of bar snacks and is nearby. Can you give me a start time please. I shall pm Oaky my mobile for any changes.

Great stuff!  I am planning to meet chief at Chelmsford station at around 7pm, heading to the Walnut Tree via the Chignal Road, possibly via a quick pint at the Pig and Whistle (just for thoroughness of research, you understand  ;))

I'm sure we could find a way to kill time at/near CHM station if 7's too early for you.

I'll be on a white fixed folder, in a SMWS (http://www.smws.co.uk/) jersey.

chief will be heading down from Howe Street to meet up with me there, if you're coming from that direction you may want to check with him regarding times etc.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on June 02, 2010, 03:00:46 pm
The weather is fantastic here so I'll be leaving Howe Street about 17:30-17:45 and plan to have a longer route through the countryside arriving for 7pm at the station :thumbsup:   Should have some healthy tan lines by then :D

I'll PM my mobile number to you Bloomers.  Let me know if you fancy the ride out (it will be a slow spinning one) if not imagine we will be at the P&W around 19:30 allowing a bit of faff time at the station

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on June 02, 2010, 03:28:12 pm
It's a gorgeous evening and the Other Things are elsewhere. Let me look at train times...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on June 02, 2010, 04:02:08 pm
Feasible train? check; bike? check; clothes shoes funds? check.
Lights? FAIL. O well.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 02, 2010, 04:14:39 pm
Feasible train? check; bike? check; clothes shoes funds? check.
Lights? FAIL. O well.


Can't coax a glimmer out of the menorah, then?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on June 02, 2010, 04:20:39 pm
Actually it appears the emergency front light is here at work. Anyone lend me a back light for the evening?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 02, 2010, 04:22:01 pm
Actually it appears the emergency front light is here at work. Anyone lend me a back light for the evening?

I have a spare Smart superflash attached here at work  which you're welcome to borrow :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on June 02, 2010, 04:55:44 pm
Cool. See you inna bit then
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 02, 2010, 05:01:21 pm
Super!  See you later.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 03, 2010, 01:29:26 am
Aha - as first in, I get to put in the preliminary report.

Firstly, we completely failed in OD's vision of "more miles, fewer pubs".

Even with my ride back from Chelmsford, my mileage for the night was 22.5, pub-count was 3.

We did have, though, two new attendees (although boab has been to a EFNRTTB, so she's almost "not new" to the MEMWNS).

chief, boab and I met up at Chelmsford station, and set off, by the more "road-like" of chief's route options, towards Broads Green, via the Pig and Whistle (especially chosen for boab). He even took us through the posh bit of Chelmsford, which I think was called "Melbourne", or possibly "Washington".

Once we had dodged our way through the Bentleys, Aston Martins and ladies trotting out on ponies, we emerged into the countryside, and very quickly needed a drink.  fortunately this coincided with the P&W, so we were sorted.  It was here that boab provided us with the choice quote of the evening.  (although there were others, my mind can only hold 1, or at best 2, quotes of this quality").

From hereon in, I suggest we use an adaptation of it as our "challenge-response" password when meeting up at railway stations (see below).

From the P&W we moved on to the Walnut Tree, a "Ridleys" (i.e. Greene King) pub with very interesting and "proper-pub" layout, and a clientele that largely cycles there - there were a couple of old-ish Raleigh 531 frames outside when we arrived, both equipped with front low-rider-mounts along with two other bikes.  Whilst we were sat outside having our first drink, a local youngster cycled past on what looked like a Raleigh 20, too.

We hooked up with bloomers100 there (who didn't know the pass-phrase, but I guess that's understandable since it only just came into existence a few minutes before!).

A few pints (or bacardis/j2os as per preference) were had, then we moved on to the Rose and Crown in Gt Watham.

boab and I safely negotiated the Gt Waltham junction, which had a frankly very scary road sign, but wasn't too difficult to get across safely.

I bade farewell to boab at Chelmsford station at around 20 to 12, well before "pumpkin time" (this time NXEA were, inexplicably, running trains) and set off home, with the directions I'd asked for to get to the Boreham road, via Springfield rd, ringing in my ears.  unfortunately I ended up hopelessly wrong -- instead of turning left onto Springfield Rd at the traffic lights after passing the Riverside Inn, I turned right (I blame autopilot - that's the way I usually go when driving).

That, however, involved rather more of the (3 lane dual carriageway) A138 than I'd intended to see on a bike.  It's quite worrying at the slip-road bits - quite hard to decide where to be in the road.  I did a lot of loooking over the shoulder on that stretch.


However, eventually, I reached the Boreham road and arrived home after

Lovely night - great to see chief and boab again and fantastic to meet bloomers100 for the first time.  Hope we haven't put you off too much! ;)











[[1]] Should go something like the following

1. "My clearing is unfenced."
2. <fill in "spy" response here: e.g. "the russian bear does not eat cornflakes">

OR

1. Challenge: "How's your clearing?"
2. Response "Unfenced"

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on June 03, 2010, 02:44:24 am
Note to self: It's a school night! Don't try to keep up with the Essex Boyz.
I have to go to work in [Sheeeeeet] 4 hours time and I may possibly have overdone it a little.
(http://i952.photobucket.com/albums/ae7/fboab/DSC00088.jpg)

Obviously as I am Number One In The World (I may have mentioned this once or twice this evening) my body is a temple and those small glasses just held finest Essex Water.

Fewer Miles, More Pubs. After my lovely lovely day it was just what was needed, thanks chaps  :thumbsup:.
I'm happy to report that bloomers, although new to the MEMWNS fitted in like, erm, well, given the tone of the evening I think there is no analogy safe to repeat here.
My clearing is indeed unfenced.

The Pig & Whistle held no Pigs or Whistles, The Walnut Tree had no Walnuts and The Rose at The Crown was wearing Cowboy Boots. She did bring us into the snug Hog Rolls which were just what was required to soak up some of that water I had been swigging.

Homewards I was disappointed at how sensible the other passengers were, there was no opportunity to be the slurry drunken stinky old woman on the train. I'd been quite looking forward to that. I was also hoping to test- on strangers- bloomers theory that women can't be pervy. Never mind, there's always next time! I have also left one smelly track mitt heading to Norwich. Darn.

It was a longer ride to & from the station this end than that. Probably not a good idea as the emergency light failed rather disarmingly/dangerously and I ended up riding on flashing lights. Although the moon is bright and the sky is clear, I hit every blummin pot hole on the way home. Ow.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on June 03, 2010, 09:06:13 am
He even took us through the posh bit of Chelmsford, which I think was called "Melbourne".....

Ha ha! If you went through Melbourne, you should have stopped for a pint at The Red Beret. Actually, scratch that, you'd all be dead by now if you did!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on June 03, 2010, 09:33:08 am
Well that was a nice introduction to the Wednesday night thing. All in my backyard so a whole two miles cycled. Although nearby to home I hadn't been for a 'proper' drink before at the walnut tree in all it's sixties splendour. Beer was moreland (nice session beer) reverend James (fruity clergy). I was hoping to lose my pickled egg cherry so we moved onto the rose and crown nearby, and my regular, with my promise of a wide range of bar snacks; sadly no pickled eggs but the guys had pig rolls and we shared some gruesome looking artisan pork scratchings. Beers here were England playing away by brentwood brewery, doombar and rose and crown all about the same really, middle of the road quaffing beers.
I had an early start so I bailed at 2230. Hats off to you guys who were out riding half the night to get home spesh after that much Waltham 'spring water'.

These sessions should be recorded to savour the memories and priceless quotes, still chuckling now.
I'm on the iphone now but will try to upload the photo of Oaky with the pig roll glove puppet.
Thanks again and look forward to doing it again.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 03, 2010, 09:56:48 am
He even took us through the posh bit of Chelmsford, which I think was called "Melbourne".....

Ha ha! If you went through Melbourne, you should have stopped for a pint at The Red Beret. Actually, scratch that, you'd all be dead by now if you did!

I have feeling I saw that pub.

We also had some verbal encouragement from fellow cyclists somewhere near there (well, a few shouts from kids on BMX bikes).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on June 03, 2010, 11:55:51 am
After chatting with neighbours and an extended faff time I realised I was running 10 minutes late rather than an hour early.  Still it gave a good excuse to use the quick bike  :thumbsup:  Meeting Boab and Oaky at the station, I popped in to the station to get some cash for the evening though getting Oaky to pay for everything was the more tempting option :-*

We then set off on a quicker road route to the P&W and here I must apologise, I took us through the Melbourne estate.  My only defence is that  I travel through it frequently early in the mornings and never understood what the fuss was about.  It obviously changes to a different place in the PM region  :o  Luckily Oaky's Police bike kept trouble away :thumbsup:

Still it did get us out to the Countryside quickly and on to the P&W.  The new management there served us well and the dining area and food looked worth a visit in the future. 

After a light refreshment it was onto the Walnut tree meeting up with Bloomers.   I thought the Compasses was a step back in time but I think the Walnut Tree pips it.  Though the red telephone box outside does make it seem a bit more modern than it is .  The beer was good, the locals friendly and the volume of bikes outside impressive.

We then moving on to the R&C tucking ourselves away in the 'snug'.  The Hog Rolls, beer and multi-coloured J2Os were consumed at pace until it was time to ride into the sunset

Throughout the evening I'm pretty sure anyone listening in on the conversations would be wondering what the heck we were talking about.  It was fnar overload and enough to make us blush in places  :thumbsup:

Factoring in the return trip to the station I feel that I did infact cover some mileage though at a push I'd say around 15 or so.  So an MPP rating of 3 for the evening.  The Garmin battery died at some point so I wasn't able to record the monstorous speeds between them.

Great company, good weather and a lovely selection of pubs - a splendid evening indeed :D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 03, 2010, 12:12:45 pm
The Garmin battery died at some point so I wasn't able to record the monstorous speeds between them.

I recorded 14.0mph for the night, although that did include the scary section along the A138 where I went as fast as humanly possible to get off there before I crapped myselfas quickly as I could.

(I might have had a go at the Army&Navy flyover, but 1. I wasn't going that way and 2. It appeared to be closed to outbound traffic at the time).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on June 03, 2010, 12:29:42 pm
(http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx158/Bloomers100/photo.jpg)

spot the difference
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on June 03, 2010, 12:44:45 pm
(I might have had a go at the Army&Navy flyover, but 1. I wasn't going that way and 2. It appeared to be closed to outbound traffic at the time).


This has been discussed here before. When I'm allowed to ride a bike again, I shall tackle that fuck on my fixer, hooning down from Gt Baddow along the dual c and wanging it straight over the flyover. Obviously it's "cars only" but I don't do rulz  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 03, 2010, 10:59:57 pm
Shocking. You should all be ashamed  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 09, 2010, 12:01:39 pm
spot the difference

Excellent! ... I may swipe that for avatar material.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 09, 2010, 12:07:45 pm
BTW - just a quick note to say I will not be out to play tonight --- I have way too much fettling to do on my Globe City in preparation for a secret mission at the weekend nothing in particular.

(Unless I decide to ride it a short distance, say 5.73 (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Maltings+Ln&daddr=The+St&geocode=FehEFgMdAJwJAA%3BFfr7FQMdrkELAA&hl=en&mra=ls&sll=51.773191,0.738305&sspn=0.003671,0.008175&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=13) miles, to test my fettles once finished... but I won't be setting off until late in that case.)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on June 09, 2010, 12:33:32 pm
It makes me laugh how this endeavour has basically turned into an Essex Wednesday Night Ride to the Pub. I wish I had been out last Wednesday now, but I'd just got back from a four day birthday bender in the West Country and had to contend with the inevitable return to work the next day.

I can't be bothered with Little Totham tonight, so have a nice time whoever is going - and do come back with more anecdotes please!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on June 09, 2010, 12:47:13 pm
I wont be out either as you are all a bad influence.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on June 09, 2010, 12:57:03 pm
Actually Oaky & Chief-  I have news you may be interested in. My clearing, which as you are aware, is unfenced, was mown by the landlord for Open Farm Sunday last weekend.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on June 09, 2010, 01:00:10 pm
 :o
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 09, 2010, 01:26:59 pm
Is the hedge laid around the under croft?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 09, 2010, 01:44:55 pm
It makes me laugh how this endeavour has basically turned into an Essex Wednesday Night Ride to the Pub.

... "turned into"?  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on June 09, 2010, 01:49:26 pm
spot the difference

Excellent! ... I may swipe that for avatar material.

help yourself.

I won't be out tonight.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on June 09, 2010, 01:53:34 pm
(http://img1.photographersdirect.com/img/22138/wm/pd1447377.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on June 09, 2010, 02:19:06 pm
Good news on the clearing  :thumbsup:

I won't be out to play this evening
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 09, 2010, 02:46:27 pm
It makes me laugh how this endeavour has basically turned into an Essex Wednesday Night Ride to the Pub.

... "turned into"?  ;D

Hmmm, my point exactly.  My delicate little system can't cope with returning home on Thursday morning and it pi55es Her Indoors off as well.  On a Friday night its fine, but not mid-week.  I think going forward the concept might need tweaking.  I suppose I could just head home after a pint or two.  No-one actually compels me to stay until we don't get thrown out.  I will have a think.

I'm washing my hair tonight so won't be out   ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 09, 2010, 02:52:07 pm
Dunno if any of you fancy coming to my part of the world next Friday (18th) for some food and beer at the Haywain, Little Bromley. Thing is, it's my birthday and I thought I might go there. Just a thought!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 09, 2010, 02:55:13 pm
Dunno if any of you fancy coming to my part of the world next Friday (18th) for some food and beer at the Haywain, Little Bromley. Thing is, it's my birthday and I thought I might go there. Just a thought!

Nice thought but we've got my Aged Parents visiting.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on June 09, 2010, 02:58:04 pm
I'm racing on Saturday and have to live like a monk until then. ;) Happy B'day though. :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 09, 2010, 03:08:15 pm
Dunno if any of you fancy coming to my part of the world next Friday (18th) for some food and beer at the Haywain, Little Bromley. Thing is, it's my birthday and I thought I might go there. Just a thought!

I will check how the land lies with the guardian of the family calendar.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 09, 2010, 03:25:48 pm
I haven't decided exactly what I'm doing tbh; normally I make a big fuss about my birthday and make sure I'm in Germany for it, but this time I'm here. So I might just get James to take me out somewhere, but if people wanted a trip to a pub around here it would be good to have some company.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 15, 2010, 09:26:54 pm
It looks like the usual suspects may be a bit thin in the ground this Wednesday night.

mrs_o is out, so I'm stuck in at home  :(.  chief is crocked.  Last I spoke to him, Tomsk didn't sound like he'd be out.  I guess Oscar's dad might have recovered enough by then, but equally he might be down south this week even if he's healthy again (and hasn't thrown his bike in a skip).

all of which is a shame since we've rolled round to another hosted ride:-

16 Jun 2010   HOSTED RIDE   mike

Sorry mike - I won't be able to make this one I'm afraid.  :-[
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on June 15, 2010, 10:11:27 pm
Sorry Mike, I won't be out to play  :(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 16, 2010, 08:52:06 am
'Fraid I won't be out tonight either, as I'll be out biking to pubs for the next two evenings. And me a teetotaller!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on June 16, 2010, 09:17:34 am
Sorry, not coming out tonight :(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 21, 2010, 11:06:33 am
23 Jun 2010   Bell Inn   Castle Hedingham

Pub is here. (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=103493605790880807618.000475f5e6958b193543d&ll=51.966269,0.626221&spn=0.935797,2.092896&z=9&iwloc=00047a3dd10131ca01485) (website) (http://www.hedinghambell.co.uk/)

Who's in?  I'll probably be setting off direct from Witham Station at 19:15ish.  Looks like between 16 and 18 miles form Witham depending on the scenic-ness of the route.

Looks like this is the most Northerly of our pubs!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 21, 2010, 12:10:44 pm
I'm definately getting out this week, not sure when. I'm waiting for the boss to work out when she's going out.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on June 21, 2010, 01:14:01 pm
I might be able to do this - no Junior Chess Club this week. Will think about logistics.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 21, 2010, 07:03:59 pm
I'm in.  Oaky, meet you at Witham station at 7:15pm?  Do you have a route in mind?  If not I don't mind weaving some Garmin magic. 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 21, 2010, 07:32:45 pm
I'm in.  Oaky, meet you at Witham station at 7:15pm?  Do you have a route in mind?  If not I don't mind weaving some Garmin magic. 

I hadn't thought any further than witham - silver end - pattiswick via your favourite bit of trespassing.

Weave away!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 21, 2010, 07:43:10 pm
I've got a slight variation in mind. I'll do some weaving.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on June 22, 2010, 12:02:40 am
I'm planning to be in Witham for 7.15. Will ride home after we leave the pub.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 22, 2010, 05:06:52 am
I'm planning to be in Witham for 7.15. Will ride home after we leave the pub.

Good stuff, look forward to it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 22, 2010, 08:05:57 am
I'm wondering about doing this, although it'd be my normal system of drive to the final pub and then ride to meet you all. Do we know where the final pub is though?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 22, 2010, 08:34:51 am
I am in the middle of sorting an amusing route. I have The Bell, Castle Hedingham as our final destination. It's about 20 miles so our ETA should be 9ish pm.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 22, 2010, 08:47:24 am
Well it's a possibility - I'll let you chaps know tomorrow. It might mean leaving home before the footie is finished, which might be a bit of an issue...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on June 22, 2010, 08:47:45 am
I would be looking to consume food. They finish serving at 9. Will your route allow for such idiosyncracies? Or should I perhaps try to arrive early in Witham and eat there?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 22, 2010, 09:11:58 am
My route is :  HERE  (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-to-Castle-Hedingham).  Unfortunately I couldn't find any bridleways or mud and there are a couple of short sections of A-road as I thought it might be worth keeping out of Halstead.

Wow, I would have thought we'd be there before 9pm but it will be close and there is little room for unforeseen eventualities so it might be worth having a foodie Plan B.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on June 22, 2010, 01:47:41 pm
What I'll probably do is get a slightly earlier train and test The Dolphin (http://www.thedolphinpub.co.uk/), about which some have waxed lyrical.

Perhaps you might drop in as you go past? We have the means of textual communication.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 22, 2010, 01:51:05 pm
Right oh, we'll pop by The Dolphin.  I've heard it's good as well but have not tried it yet.  I will text you when we set off from Witham.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 22, 2010, 01:55:54 pm
Wow, I might meet you there rather than riding all the way down to Witham. Do you have a rough time you think you might be there? I'm thinking of driving to Castle Hedingham and riding down, y'see.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on June 22, 2010, 02:52:01 pm
Wow, I might meet you there rather than riding all the way down to Witham. Do you have a rough time you think you might be there? I'm thinking of driving to Castle Hedingham and riding down, y'see.

Train gets to Witham at 18.41. 7 or so miles to Dolphin pub... I'd aim for 7.15, but it would probably be more like 7.30.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on June 22, 2010, 05:34:15 pm
   I'm up for a Wednesday ride - I'll go straight to C. Hedingham, though. See you all at the 'Bell'  then.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 22, 2010, 06:15:58 pm
Wow, I might meet you there rather than riding all the way down to Witham. Do you have a rough time you think you might be there? I'm thinking of driving to Castle Hedingham and riding down, y'see.

Train gets to Witham at 18.41. 7 or so miles to Dolphin pub... I'd aim for 7.15, but it would probably be more like 7.30.
If England are rubbish I may set out earlier and thus could make my way further towards Witham. Wow, could you send me a GPX of your route from Witham to the Dolphin so I make sure I bump into you going the other way, if I end up doing that.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on June 22, 2010, 07:23:35 pm
Wow, I might meet you there rather than riding all the way down to Witham. Do you have a rough time you think you might be there? I'm thinking of driving to Castle Hedingham and riding down, y'see.

Train gets to Witham at 18.41. 7 or so miles to Dolphin pub... I'd aim for 7.15, but it would probably be more like 7.30.
If England are rubbish I may set out earlier and thus could make my way further towards Witham. Wow, could you send me a GPX of your route from Witham to the Dolphin so I make sure I bump into you going the other way, if I end up doing that.

'Tis done.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 23, 2010, 09:26:47 am
Looking like super weather for this - at least 22C at the start, a minimum of 18C into the early hours of the morning and a gentle 6mph breeze at our backs on the way to Castle Hedingham.  Sunset at 21:20.

Only blemish is that although I've lugged my heavy D-lock all the way into work with me, I've managed to leave my keys at home this morning.  :-[  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 09:32:24 am
Would you like me to bring extra bondage gear with me to compensate?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 23, 2010, 09:38:52 am
Would you like me to bring extra bondage gear with me to compensate?

How's your latex gimp-mask going to help?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 23, 2010, 09:43:05 am
Would you like me to bring extra bondage gear with me to compensate?

If you're at home today, I could see if mrs_o has a window to drop my keys round to yours, I guess.  Or I could nip out at lunchtime and buy a cheapy deterrent lock. (Or nip back to my house and pick them up before we set off to the pub...).

I could just fold the bike and either a) take it into the pub or b) park it in a skip/bush and hope it's mistaken for a dead BSO (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=31940.0).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 09:45:29 am
I am at home so Mrs O is welcome to drop round.  But fear not, my lock is big enough to cope with both bikes. 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 09:49:18 am
I have just crammed extra locks in the Magic Bag Lite TM.  You're all sorted  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 23, 2010, 09:55:03 am
I've got two locks, too, and will be putting my trike straight in the car at Castle Hedingham so both would be available there. I'll be using one/both of them at the Dolphin.

I think I went almost two whole days in Germany without locking up the trike at all. Most of the time I only locked it as I had the locks anyway and thought I might as well use 'em. It's a bit different in Good Old Blighty though.

Also, if/when England get knocked out of the World Cup, do I need to remove my England flag straight away from the trike? I'd have to find where I've put the orange one. And, of course, I'd still be retaining the German flag on it...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 09:57:02 am
I'd fly the England flag at half mast.  You might as well do that now.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 10:06:23 am
To whom it may concern:

In the light of this evening's weather forecast I have decided to wear sandals without socks.

Thank you.

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on June 23, 2010, 11:45:38 am
Tonight's ride home will be in stark contrast to last Sunday morning's ride to Stonehenge.

For one thing, our house isn't 5000 years old.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 23, 2010, 11:50:04 am
Tonight's ride home will be in stark contrast to last Sunday morning's ride to Stonehenge.
Would you like company on the train and the ride home?

The Official MEMWNS Photographer is coming out!  :o
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on June 23, 2010, 11:50:31 am
Tonight's ride home will be in stark contrast to last Sunday morning's ride to Stonehenge.
Would you like company on the train and the ride home?

The Official MEMWNS Photographer is coming out!  :o

That would be quite spiffing!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 23, 2010, 11:53:30 am
Tonight's ride home will be in stark contrast to last Sunday morning's ride to Stonehenge.
Would you like company on the train and the ride home?

The Official MEMWNS Photographer is coming out!  :o

Has anyone told Regulator?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 23, 2010, 11:56:13 am
Has anyone told Regulator?
Coming out to the pub not out of the closet.   :facepalm:

Marks Oaky down for embarrassing photo of the evening.   ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 11:58:28 am
The Del is back  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 23, 2010, 11:58:59 am
Has anyone told Regulator?
Coming out to the pub not out of the closet.   :facepalm:

Marks Oaky down for embarrassing photo of the evening.   ;)

d'oh!  :facepalm:

<thinks....>

Doesn't that usually end up happening anyway?  ???  EDIT: :D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 23, 2010, 12:00:59 pm
<thinks....>
Doesn't that usually end up happening anyway?  ???  EDIT: :D
This time everyone will know that you're sober.  :demon:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 23, 2010, 12:03:30 pm
<thinks....>
Doesn't that usually end up happening anyway?  ???  EDIT: :D
This time everyone will know that you're sober.  :demon:

G'ah!  The shame!!... My reputation!!!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 23, 2010, 12:09:27 pm
Del, how fab that you are coming!

Is your knee recovered? Or are you going to do some one-legged cycling again.

Oh, and I hope you're coming on the recumbent...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 23, 2010, 12:19:03 pm
Is your knee recovered? Or are you going to do some one-legged cycling again.

Oh, and I hope you're coming on the recumbent...
It seems to be OK! Tonight will see and one legged cycling is still an option.

No lights on the laid back.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 12:20:06 pm
Not bringing the Pashley then?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 23, 2010, 12:23:32 pm
Not bringing the Pashley then?
It's a possibility although unlikely. A new bike over that distance...  :'(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 23, 2010, 12:29:24 pm
You have a new bike  :o

And you could always put lights on the laid-back, it's hardly a major engineering task  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 23, 2010, 12:39:34 pm
You have a new bike  :o
Not mine, Mum's (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17.msg631872#msg631872).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 12:45:16 pm
You have a new bike  :o
Not mine, Mum's (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17.msg631872#msg631872).

It's got lights!  Given you have missed out on so many rides I think you should bring it as some sort of forfeit!  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 12:46:29 pm
It would also give you the opportunity to dress as a 1950s district nurse.  You know you want to!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 23, 2010, 12:48:32 pm
Pashley Princess Soverign (http://www.pashley.co.uk/products/princess-sovereign.html).
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/S_-i78AFNNI/AAAAAAAAFhQ/a5so64QHpZo/s640/p5282455.jpg)
I like the rear basket - might work for Doggie-To-Arrive-Early-August, although I'm probably going to get a basket with a lid from Deutschland to prevent unexpected doggie egress.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 23, 2010, 12:49:05 pm
It would also give you the opportunity to dress as a 1950s district nurse.  You know you want to!
I still have the outfit and a huge rectal thermometer! Volunteers?  :-X
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 12:50:41 pm
It would also give you the opportunity to dress as a 1950s district nurse.  You know you want to!
I still have the outfit and a huge rectal thermometer! Volunteers?  :-X

Oooooooooooooooooooh nurse!  Screens please!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 23, 2010, 12:53:10 pm
I like the rear basket - might work for Doggie-To-Arrive-Early-August, although I'm probably going to get a basket with a lid from Deutschland to prevent unexpected doggie egress.
You'll need the matching rack to get the basket to fit correctly as it has legs to insert into holes in the rack.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 23, 2010, 12:55:30 pm
Oooooooooooooooooooh nurse!  Screens please!
Rik Mayall and Kenneth Williams, you are so talented.  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 12:59:20 pm
Oooooooooooooooooooh nurse!  Screens please!
Rik Mayall and Kenneth Williams, you are so talented.  ;D

I known.  Kind of you to recognise this so publicly.  I have recently added Red Ken Livingstone to the list - apparently   ::-)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 02:39:37 pm
Oaky, your missus has been round with two bunches of keys, she wasn't sure which is the right bunch.  One has a USB memory stick on it.  Had a quick look - I must say that's an impressive dwarf pron collection you've got there  :thumbsup:

Naturally I will forget to bring your keys with me  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 23, 2010, 02:48:04 pm
Oaky, your missus has been round with two bunches of keys, she wasn't sure which is the right bunch.  One has a USB memory stick on it.  Had a quick look - I must say that's an impressive dwarf pron collection you've got there  :thumbsup:

Naturally I will forget to bring your keys with me  ;D

Naturally.  Thanks anyway, it'll be the thought that counts.

She probably didn't read my text that said "it's the one with the white USB key on it".
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 23, 2010, 02:52:18 pm
Fear not, your keys and dwarf pron collection are safely stashed in The Magic Bag Lite TM.  We can have a reuniting ceremony, together with tears of gratitude outside Witham rail station at 1915 hours.  I'll bring spare hankies.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on June 24, 2010, 04:35:17 am
Absolutely spiffing ride. I had a visitation and just as Del & I were returning to the borough I broke a saddle rail.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 24, 2010, 07:35:29 am
And unusally I slept very heavily last night and had a dream about crocheting!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 24, 2010, 11:54:27 am
That was jolly and no knee pain, well a couple of twinges. Although my Achilles tendons are sore.
Pics are cooking and will be ready soon.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 24, 2010, 12:27:12 pm
Pics of last nights exploits.  :thumbsup:

OD clutches his security bar towel.
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/TCM8STYtOZI/AAAAAAAAFos/NBRA1fw04No/s640/p6232506.jpg)

Wow: Your frames cracked!
Oaky:  :o That's where it folds.  :facepalm:
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/TCM9izAuzXI/AAAAAAAAFpA/p_h3__u0QLI/s640/p6232510.jpg)

Bike juggling.
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/TCM9jcup02I/AAAAAAAAFpE/2ltoPtgymSk/s640/p6232512.jpg)

A swift 'alf.
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/TCM9kA5tsBI/AAAAAAAAFpI/fBya0JlWaa8/s640/p6232517.jpg)

Want!  ;D
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/TCM9kQeWjzI/AAAAAAAAFpM/m9f8acJwavE/s640/p6232518.jpg)

Thank $Deity! AH hasn't spotted the crash damage.  ::-)
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/TCM-jYV-2GI/AAAAAAAAFpc/ze4vT1LdwNU/s640/p6232523.jpg)

There's definitely something wrong with the handling.  ???
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/TCM-j86ouwI/AAAAAAAAFpg/3oC0Y_jBClI/s640/p6232527.jpg)

The last gob stopper.
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/TCM_It_00vI/AAAAAAAAFp8/sp4ObTkiESE/s640/p6232537.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 24, 2010, 12:32:29 pm
The highlight of the evening was definately having a go on/in AH's Trice.  I can see the appeal of 'bents.  Thanks AH  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Wowbagger on June 24, 2010, 12:48:37 pm
Wow: Your frames cracked!
Oaky:  :o That's where it folds.  :facepalm:

Someone wasn't paying attention.

I was perfectly aware that it was a folding bike and commented that the folding points made it look as though the frame was cracked.

 :facepalm: yourself!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 24, 2010, 01:09:00 pm
Someone wasn't paying attention.
I wasn't aware we were to be tested. I'll take notes next time.   ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 24, 2010, 01:11:47 pm
Someone wasn't paying attention.
I wasn't aware we were to be tested. I'll take notes next time.   ;D

Once a teacher, always a teacher  ;D

"And sit up at the back!!!"
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 24, 2010, 01:20:00 pm
And, wowbagger pressed his tool back into service just as I was about to try it in my holes.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on June 24, 2010, 01:52:01 pm
Isn't Helen's German flag umop 3p!sdn?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 24, 2010, 02:18:42 pm
Isn't Helen's German flag umop 3p!sdn?
Wiki shows it as black on top. Perhaps she's in distress?

No she's in de 3/4 shorts!  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 24, 2010, 03:15:49 pm
Oo-er, you're right - black on top. Argh! And it took ages to get the flag on the flagpole as the pole was just a fraction too wide.

Well I had a very enjoyable day yesterday. After various fights with my cassette to try to stop the machine-gun like rattle in gears 5-9, I gave up, did some work with the football on in the background and then chucked the trike in the car and set off for Castle Hedingham.

A slight lack of pre-preparation meant I couldn't remember which pub we were going to. The first one that I came across, The Wheatsheaf, had a full car park so I dumped the car on the road opposite the other pub. Being dim I didn't notice the other pub had a large car park with lots of spaces. D'oh.

So I set off heading for the Dolphin at Bradwell with my machine-gun sound effects most of the time. The route was surprisingly rolling (in that I live in Essex too, and it's flat where I live). I had a nasty moment going up a single track road when I could hear a car whizzing towards me round a blind corner but the edges of the road were too high for me to get out of the way. I resorted to shouting 'STOP!' when I heard the car almost upon me. It came round a corner and did an emergency stop which threw up clouds of sand and gravel. Fortunately it was a mini so we could squeeze past each other. The drive said 'Awright love' to me, which I suppose was a semi apology. I resolved to make sure I was behind a couple of other cyclists when returning.

I arrived at the Dolphin and realised Wow and Del weren't there yet so I headed southwards to meet them on the road. I passed a pair of white knickers beside the road in Cressing, which was a bit random. after two and a half miles Wow and Del hove into view so I did a five point turn and off we went, back to the Dolphin.

The Dolphin was a surprisingly decent pub considering the busy road it was beside. We sat in the beer garden out the back which was still a bit noisy. We had burger and chips for dinner and Del insisted on taking lots of photos; as I am exceptionally unphotogenic I'm not entirely surprised they haven't appeared upthread.

Oscar's Dad and Oaky arrived in due course and had a beer. There was lots of discussion about Tomsk with his ability to eat anyone out of house and home, and then we thought we really ought to set off to see him at the pub in Castle Hedingham. Unfortunately Wow had achieved a puncture during the stop so he had to fix it. We were all supremely unhelpful and just faffed around, with Oscar's Dad taking my trike for an extended spin which left me wondering whether I'd have to ride back to Castle Hedingham on his Dribble. He reappeared, florid of face but clearly having enjoying his triking, despite the noisy gears.

Wow's tyre was fixed pretty quickly and we set off again into the gathering gloom. I had had a rather disorganised exit from home which meant I didn't have my glasses for driving home, nor my lights. Oaky was able to lend me a flashing rear light and I had a tiny front light on the trike which was enough to make me visible. Off we went, wending our way along the country lanes, passing a Little Owl sitting on a stump.

When we arrived at the pub at Castle Hedingham Tomsk was already there, as was Oscar's Dad who'd whizzed ahead in order to get some Maldon Gold before it ran out. I stuck my bike in the car and then, disappointed to discover there was no tea, had an orange juice before a pint of water.

We set off at about 11pm, me homeward by car, the rest by bike. I was pleased to hear that Germany had won their football game too and will very much look forward to the England v Germany game as I don't mind who wins. I must put the flag the right way up on the bike though...

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: clarion on June 24, 2010, 03:17:16 pm
Sorry, Helen!  I didn't mean to cause a load of frustrating re-fettling to put it right.  I was just curious... :-[

EDIT: 'Course, if you pull an awesome backflip from a quarterpipe, it'll be right while the trike is inverted.  Job done. :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 24, 2010, 03:32:04 pm
Trike's looking a bit forlorn at the moment.

Front offside wheel is at the local bike shop being rebuilt.

Rear wheel is on its way to ICE courtesy of Royal Mail as they want to look at why my cassette is rattling (the lbs had a look today and couldn't work out why it wouldn't hold together properly).

So I have a Unicycle...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 24, 2010, 03:40:45 pm
Not photogenic?

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/TCM8RsGC1uI/AAAAAAAAFoo/zRkvoNHualU/s640/p6232505.jpg)

Yes, I see what you mean.  ::-)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on June 26, 2010, 10:33:43 am
The Chelmsford Beer Festival is coming up soon - 13th to the 17th July.

CAMRA site (http://www.camra.org.uk/page.aspx?o=242434)

I haven't seen you lot for ages, so if you fancy coming along one evening, you'll find me there  :P

Edit: It's pretty big these days and held in Admirals Park. Last year was very good. It's come a long way since it was held in the now flattened SU bar and had me throwing up on some random bloke's shoes which resulted in him trying to strangle me!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 26, 2010, 05:03:44 pm
Beer festivals [shudder], I've never been good at beer festivals.

However, if I was particularly brave I could make it on Wednesday 14th.  What about the rest of the gang?

Oh dear.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on June 27, 2010, 11:08:38 pm
Beer festivals [shudder], I've never been good at beer festivals.

However, if I was particularly brave I could make it on Wednesday 14th.  What about the rest of the gang?

Oh dear.

Yes!  though I'm not sure I fancy being strangled for an indiscrete tactical chunder  :P

I think I've just about recovered from the last ride to the Walnut tree at Broad's Green but according to the list it is on again for Wednesday.  More of the same I say  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 27, 2010, 11:33:49 pm
Beer festivals [shudder], I've never been good at beer festivals.

However, if I was particularly brave I could make it on Wednesday 14th.  What about the rest of the gang?

Oh dear.

Yes!  though I'm not sure I fancy being strangled for an indiscrete tactical chunder  :P

I think I've just about recovered from the last ride to the Walnut tree at Broad's Green but according to the list it is on again for Wednesday.  More of the same I say  :thumbsup:

Absolutely - 19:00 at Chelmsford station, cheeky half (or thereabouts ;)) at the Pig and Whistle (ranting optional) before carrying on towards the Walnut Tree, to meet up with OD's "gently guided ride" from Witham which just so happens to be going there too!).

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on June 27, 2010, 11:42:31 pm
It has good plan written all over it  :D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on June 27, 2010, 11:46:22 pm
Well as it happens I should be in Gt Dunmow on Wednesday evening, having just completed one of Mr Tomsk's fine perms. A hop and a skip would get me to Chelmsford or I could meet y'all en route.

We Shall See.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 28, 2010, 08:55:42 am
I'm a 'no' for this Wednesday, due to going to Basildon by car to choose the new puppy.

One of these two sweeties, as it happens:

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/Lucy%20Locket/HPIM1563.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 28, 2010, 08:58:05 am
Blimey, a couple of dogs from Basildon that are both cute and desirable!  There's a first  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 28, 2010, 10:13:16 am
A few things to bear in mind for Wednesday night.

1.  On the last MEMWNS, a change to the regulations was agreed:  In Sec. 4, subsec 2.1, after the words "with a root vegetable, no shorter than 6 inches in length." the following should be added: "Any participant who attempts to ride the MEMWNS on a bike (or trike etc.) which does not exhibit a creak, tick, rattle or other extraneous noise will have one added.".

2.  Oscar's dad will be running his "Gently guided ride" from Witham, converging on the Walnut Tree.  He will therefore a) be dressed as a traffic cone and b) will be in full-on "pillock pillar of the community" mode.  He may need to disown us if we get too lary.

In respect of "2.", I'm not sure what OD's guided route back to Witham will be, so don't know whether a cheeky snifter at the Rose and Crown is on the cards or not.  This may mean that I won't get to play with my pork puppet, though.  :-\
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 28, 2010, 10:43:50 am
Greetings dear friends,

My route from Witham to The Walnut Tree is  HERE (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-to-Walnut-Tree).  I plan to return using the same route.  I won't be staying until closing time as I have told the poor unsuspecting unfortunates that may or may not turn up that we shall be back in Witham by 11pm.

I have news regarding my traffic cone outfit official ride leader attire.  My much admired hi-vis jacket has been upgraded by my Sainted Mother TM.  She informs me that the upgrade process has been successfully completed and said hi-vis jacket survived the anesthetic.  Said hi-vis jacket is in the post and will hopefully be back in Witham ready for Wednesday night.  I am very excited  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on June 28, 2010, 10:05:58 pm
Nice puppies!

I'll swing by hopefully, I'll find you.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 29, 2010, 12:33:56 am
Nice puppies!

Brings to mind a quote I remember from somewhere... "If those puppies are for sale, I'll have the one with the pink nose."

Quote
I'll swing by hopefully, I'll find you.

Cool!  A proper reprise. I might have to go the extra mile and exhibit the old pork puppet in that case.

BTW - you were talked about tonight!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on June 29, 2010, 07:11:31 am
Where and by whom pray tell?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 29, 2010, 10:40:07 am
Where and by whom pray tell?

I met up with chief last night at the Square and Compasses and he'd mentioned you led him astray at the Compasses last week.  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on June 29, 2010, 01:15:56 pm
All true.

 ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on June 29, 2010, 07:31:43 pm
    Had hoped to be coming along tomorrow, but duty calls [helping at Cubs - orienteering in Hatfield Forest.] Have a good one and make sure the new recruits get their pickled eggs :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 30, 2010, 08:14:52 am
I 'spect I'll be along tonight. Two weeks in a row!  :o
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 30, 2010, 08:24:32 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 30, 2010, 09:00:42 am
I'll pass you as I drive to Basildon to look at the puppies, then, Del. Beware of madly-waving-woman-in-headlamp-flashing-A6...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 30, 2010, 09:02:22 am
Beware of madly-waving-woman-in-headlamp-flashing-A6...
Not the badly driving woman flashing and waving?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 30, 2010, 09:13:42 am
I purposely-worded my previous post to avoid any hint of impropriety.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 30, 2010, 09:21:22 am
I purposely-worded my previous post to avoid any hint of impropriety.
You failed!  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 30, 2010, 09:29:10 am
I purposely-worded my previous post to avoid any hint of impropriety.
You failed!  :facepalm:

Indeed,  my inbuilt fnaar-filter read it thusly:

I'll pass you as I drive to Basildon to look at the puppies, then, Del. Beware of madly-waving-woman-in-headlamp-flashing-A6...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 30, 2010, 10:35:01 am
Helen, given the mental age of most of the blokes reading this thread I (and some of the girls too) I think you would be well advised to stop mentioning puppies  ;D

They are young or baby dogs.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 30, 2010, 10:50:16 am
or perhaps the German, Hundekinder (dog children)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 30, 2010, 11:18:06 am
or perhaps the German, Hundekinder (dog children)

Yes.  As always I am mindful of the tone.  We have standards to maintain.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on June 30, 2010, 12:30:02 pm
Slight change of plans from me (what do you mean 'again' !?)

I'm going to balance CO2s by popping along to both a car and cycle related jolly in one evening.

Because of this, my ETA at Broad's Green will be around 21:00 by which point I dread to think what I'll find  :o

Hoping young Mr Oaky won't be on his own for the first part of the evening, sorry about that if so  :( :(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 30, 2010, 12:33:29 pm
It looks like I will have at least two punters with me, one of which is a minor.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on June 30, 2010, 12:53:45 pm
I should see you at the pub - not far from me at all. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 30, 2010, 12:54:32 pm
My hi-vis jacket is back.  Looks awesome  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on June 30, 2010, 12:57:58 pm
I dread to think... ::-) :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 30, 2010, 01:00:46 pm
I dread to think... ::-) :P

It now has a special walkie-talkie attachment point loop thingy.  I'll be beating fit looking women off with me Topeak Road Morph pump  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on June 30, 2010, 01:06:17 pm
Are you a Special Constable now?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 30, 2010, 01:08:37 pm
Are you a Special Constable now?
A special case.  ::-)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 30, 2010, 01:09:02 pm
Are you a Special Constable now?

No, I'm much more special than that.  More like a Special C#ntstable  ;D

Don't knock walkie-talkies, they are extremely useful in a whole range of bike/pub related situations  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on June 30, 2010, 01:10:52 pm
Whereabouts are you, OD, starting from? I have time to kill and a meander up to Witham is a possibility.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 30, 2010, 01:12:48 pm
Whereabouts are you, OD, starting from? I have time to kill and a meander up to Witham is a possibility.

The duck pond on the River Walk.  We're setting off about 6pm.  Alternatively meet me at home at about 5:45.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 30, 2010, 02:06:28 pm
Hoping young Mr Oaky won't be on his own for the first part of the evening, sorry about that if so  :( :(

No worries.  Remind me again:  how do I find my way to Melbourne?  Once I'm there I can ask one of the friendly natives the way to the Chignall road ;)

(Actually, I'll just do this (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Chelmsford+Railway+Station&daddr=51.773576,0.432587+to:broads+green&geocode=FTxvFQMdZCYHACkTpC0Y2uvYRzEKgGhqxKm2Lw%3B%3BFZYvFgMd3-gGACmF1Or5FOzYRzELdgfwrYmjpQ&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=12&via=1&dirflg=h&sll=51.751477,0.454216&sspn=0.119024,0.237236&ie=UTF8&z=12) instead, which has the advantage of me not getting KILLED TO DETH en-route).

EDIT:  I'll be setting off from Chelmsford station at around 7pm.  boab may or may not be meeting me there.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on June 30, 2010, 02:13:05 pm
I'll meet you at the station then for a bit of a ride up. I know all the roads too...

[edit] I just had a look at your route - going through the park (out of the town) is much more pleasant.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on June 30, 2010, 02:37:28 pm
I'll meet you at the station then for a bit of a ride up. I know all the roads too...

[edit] I just had a look at your route - going through the park (out of the town) is much more pleasant.

Super!  See you later!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 30, 2010, 10:03:58 pm
Hope you're having a good time, folks.

Here are the puppies:

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/Lucy%20Locket/DSCF5347.jpg)

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/Lucy%20Locket/DSCF5343.jpg)

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/Lucy%20Locket/DSCF5345.jpg)

We've decided to go for the golden one, it was a little more lively although it's very early days for them. They were most sweet and mum was very friendly.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 01, 2010, 03:23:47 am
just back in.

wrecked.

very.

when tokamak and I parted company (and he was wisely pushing his bike!), we'd both collapsed several times and picked ourselves up again.  In the end it was only forward momentum that got me home, I think.  24.5 miles (so the London cycle challenge site gets 25 since it only takes whole numbers of miles) at 12.5 mph in total.  Approximately 98 pints were drunk my me and, about 97 by ToKaMaK.  At least that's the nearest I've got so far towards recollection.  EDIT: Oh, and I caught him napping and won the sprint to the Rose and Crown pub sign

That has to be the drunkest I've been for ages.  What a fantastic night.

But, lest it's forgotten, let me just quote the immortal words of boab for a moment: "Yeah, go for it - whatever you can give.... Actually, no, just a splash"
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on July 01, 2010, 08:33:16 am
Thanks for a nice evening again chaps, pleased to hear everyone got home okay.

I am about to hit the road to sweat out the excesses of the evening.

The red leader hi viz is truly a site to behold. Look forward to the pics.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on July 01, 2010, 09:01:46 am
It was a truly impressive rate of consumption. As I was driving, I stuck to soft drinks, but two pussies was enough for this lady. First time I've had that, and a very pleasant experience. Didn't like to look too closely, but I think pussy might be 'brown' on the boab scale, which equates to not really allowed.
As always Essex night out=double entendre fest. ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on July 01, 2010, 09:09:02 am
just back in.
You got in an hour after me!  :o Not surprised you're wrecked but I will be surprised if you and Tokamak are atwerk!  :o Bloomers wasn't a slouch when it came to drinking either and he, and chief, had the furthest to go.  ::-)
Boab's Pussy smelt nice but I didn't much fancy a drink of it so I stuck two fingers up to it. As an energy drink you can't lick Pussy, as the ads say.

I took the long way home as it was such a lovely night.

Pics on the way but only if the money orders don't show up!  :demon:  :thumbsup:

 :facepalm:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 01, 2010, 09:17:44 am
LOL - I'm at work now and feeling very productive.

boab's pussy was certainly one of the talking points of the night.  I didn't taste it myself, although I have a feeling I was photographed stroking it.

EDIT: Oh, and my pork puppet was nowhere to be seen.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on July 01, 2010, 09:38:48 am
This is for signalling to the person at the bar to grab some nuts.
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/TCxR1oXQ5cI/AAAAAAAAFto/t0Nez64inSk/s640/p6302584.jpg)

Tokamak, Oaky, OD, Chief, Bloomers, Grant, boab, and Kevin.
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/TCxSW394EBI/AAAAAAAAFt4/BcprVdbr-x4/s640/p6302587.jpg)

Stroking Pussy.
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_45o2t790K90/TCxSXnVShkI/AAAAAAAAFuA/wchbSgCmbQs/s640/p6302589.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 01, 2010, 09:44:28 am
 ::-)   ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on July 01, 2010, 10:58:18 am
Well what a splendid evening :thumbsup:

The CO2 balancing worked well with a low-key arrival at the Walnut at about 20:45.  Good to see such a large turnout particularly the two OD-developed newbies  :D

I'm not sure I know where to begin in recounting the content of last night but in summary, it was the classy talk we all know and love  :-*

Being a man of much experience, and it being a school night, I left about midnight when Bloomers said ' :o they are ordering another round'.  I can't recall much of the ride home but was pleasantly surprised not to wake up in the R&C's beer garden  :thumbsup:  (I also went past it this morning to check for bikes still outside)

Final mileage was <50 miles  O:-)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 01, 2010, 01:01:52 pm
One more thing:  Wasabi Broad Beans!  Yum!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on July 01, 2010, 01:13:04 pm
Has anyone heard from Tokamak today? Should we check ditches?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on July 01, 2010, 01:19:13 pm
Has anyone heard from Tokamak today? Should we check ditches?
Nah! If he's injured we'd best hope it's his left collar bone. Then he and bobb can be a team again.  :P

(http://www.cyclelogicpress.com/images/photoalbum/USA/26sidetandem.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on July 01, 2010, 01:23:36 pm
He has amazing powers of recovery. The day after his birthday I felt I had to go to his tent just to make sure he was still alive. He was. So he got up and we cracked a couple of beers  :P

If only I wasn't a cripple, looks like much fun was had  :'(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on July 01, 2010, 01:25:21 pm
We took it in turns to say inappropriate sexist comments so your spirit was with us :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on July 01, 2010, 04:32:35 pm
Just got a text from The MaK. He is alive and well. He is not at work  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 01, 2010, 04:33:19 pm
Just got a text from The MaK. He is alive and well. He is not at work  :P

Has he only just arrived home now?  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: fboab on July 01, 2010, 04:40:32 pm
'well' is a relative term, surely?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on July 01, 2010, 04:41:50 pm
Post corrected  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 01, 2010, 04:44:48 pm
Glad to hear he's not in a ditch, anyway!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on July 01, 2010, 05:21:59 pm
Just got a text from The MaK. He is alive and well. He is not at work  :P
NOT SURPRISED, sorry Tokamak, get well soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 02, 2010, 08:51:12 am
Some Wednesday evening photos from me ...

Our ride over went past Terling ford where four horses and traps were being driven through.  One horse. which you can see in the background of the first photo, was not having it at all.  We left in case four bikes added to the poor nag's anxiety:

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/SDC10267.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/SDC10268.jpg)

Wasabi broad beans were indeed a revelation:

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/SDC10272.jpg)

As were pole dancing olives:

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/SDC10269.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 02, 2010, 08:58:02 am
...
Wasabi broad beans were indeed a revelation:
...
As were pole dancing olives:
...

Just how extensive is your collection of photographs of pub snacks?  You should consider publishing a glossy coffee-table book of them.

Actually, your collection may even rival chief's collection of photos of me holding a pint in /outside the pubs of Essex.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 02, 2010, 09:14:21 am
Oscar's dad walks nervously down the runway, the ominous music plays in the background, the audience are racked with tension; this is the contestant they've been waiting all night for.

Oscar's dad sits down in the legendary black chair.  Silence.

"Your name please?"

"Oscar's dad"

"Your specialist subject?"

"Bar snacks"

"And before we begin your two minutes may I say how fantastic is your hi-vis jacket.  Those patches are sewn on with such care and I particularly like the walkie-talkie loop"

"Thank you John"
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on July 02, 2010, 02:57:44 pm
Ahem, for some strange reason I didn't feel too great yesterday, so spent the day in bed! ::-) I did walk my bike home, fortunately I only live about a mile away from the last pub. I don't think I got in until about 2am - took me ages to locate my key in my pannier!

So here are a few photos, taken on my new HTC Legend smart phone.

Our Esteemed Ride Leader:
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_W3XR9pTyyzo/TC3p1OIhOFI/AAAAAAAAAA0/5DT7kKwlODk/IMAG0001.jpg)

The group:
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_W3XR9pTyyzo/TC3p1B85XRI/AAAAAAAAAA4/SzKQtKA7TjU/IMAG0004.jpg)

WTF!?:
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_W3XR9pTyyzo/TC3p1gDtm5I/AAAAAAAAAA8/Ha9BaSFS2DQ/IMAG0009.jpg)

...a few hundred meters up the road from the pub, at 1.30am!
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_W3XR9pTyyzo/TC3p1oaLTuI/AAAAAAAAABA/jvxxtB6YNVQ/s576/IMAG0010.jpg)

Quite a comical evening. ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 02, 2010, 03:13:31 pm
As you are aware I am introducing new and inexperienced cyclists to our HEALTHY pastime.  One such innocent was with us on Wednesday.  I WAS thinking of e-mailing them a link to YACF in general and this thread in particular.  I'm now not sure that's such a good idea.

Oaky, what the f%#k were you doing naked???
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on July 02, 2010, 03:16:58 pm
Oaky, what the f%#k were you doing naked???
I thought I was over it but that picture has brought it all back now.  :'(
The Horror!  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on July 02, 2010, 05:10:49 pm
Lol I'd forgotten all about that. I like the nonchalence (sp?) of both the subjects.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 02, 2010, 05:15:35 pm
Unfazeable. ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 02, 2010, 05:24:06 pm
And boab's top wasn't unzipped so low while I was there. That's what happens when nice girls sit next to bad men!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on July 02, 2010, 05:46:54 pm
We took it in turns to say inappropriate sexist comments so your spirit was with us :thumbsup:

Well....

And boab's top wasn't unzipped so low while I was there. That's what happens when nice girls sit next to bad men!

I didn't notice a naked Oaky - all I saw was a cracking pair of tits  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on July 05, 2010, 05:54:22 pm
Evening :-*

So, I've just about recovered from last Wednesday's epic cycle and am ready for the next  :D

This Wednesdays ride was due to take in some single track around Danbury but due to parential duties, Jon won't be about until later in the evening.  Hopefully we can book in another time, there is some cracking routes there  :thumbsup:

So how about we have a meander to a pub up Danbury way anyhow, and hopefully he can pop over and meet us later on?*

Have we been to the http://www.thecricketersdanbury.co.uk (http://www.thecricketersdanbury.co.uk) on the MEMWNS yet?

* Apparently, due to Ironman training, Jon will can't join us in having a refreshing beverage or two - soft drinks only for him :o 

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on July 05, 2010, 09:46:07 pm
   First Weds of t'month=book club again. That should keep me out of trouble. Last weeks session sounded legendary, how can you top that?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 06, 2010, 07:11:41 am
I'm stuck in at home this Wednesday - mrs_o has a knitting evening.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on July 06, 2010, 07:42:46 am
Do people get pissed at knitting evenings?  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 06, 2010, 07:44:29 am
Do people get pissed at knitting evenings?  :P

I would imagine that's only the half of it. Shocking, shouldn't be allowed.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 06, 2010, 10:01:32 am
Do people get pissed at knitting evenings?  :P

Usually.

There doesn't often seem to be much progress made on the current knitting project either.

 ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 06, 2010, 10:05:15 am
WARNING

A gentleman from the south coast with a certain reputation has just informed me by text that he may find himself in Essex of a Wednesday evening in the foreseeable future.  The antics of last week have attracted his attention and caught his imagination.

Now look what you've done  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 06, 2010, 10:07:29 am
!

No root vegetables will be making the journey with him, I hope!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 06, 2010, 10:08:42 am
!

No root vegetables will be making the journey with him, I hope!

I think it would be foolhardy to rule anything out or in.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Hummers on July 06, 2010, 12:41:39 pm
Very wise.

H
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: nuttycyclist on July 07, 2010, 12:00:27 am
!

No root vegetables will be making the journey with him, I hope!

I think it would be foolhardy to rule anything out or in.

<singalong mode>

You put your best root in,
You put your best root out,
in, out, in, out, shake all about.
Do the Oaky cokey and turnip round,
That's what it's all about!


Oi!
</singalong mode>
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 07, 2010, 07:32:56 am
Del is official photographer. Nutty is now officially in charge of everything musical. Congratulations  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: delthebike on July 07, 2010, 07:44:04 am
Del is official photographer. Nutty is now officially in charge of everything musical. Congratulations  :thumbsup:
A music video, Cyclists on the P1ss, comes out next year!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on July 07, 2010, 12:21:28 pm
Not much interest for this evening then?  In which case I may save my pass for another night   O:-)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 07, 2010, 12:34:49 pm
Not much interest for this evening then?  In which case I may save my pass for another night   O:-)

It would appear not.

I have just clocked your avatar, in fact Oaky mentioned it at the weekend - very comical!  I think you need to retake the photo to include your team car driver; without her you'd be stuffed!

Oh and by the way, we briefly discussed repeating the weekend's bike camping trip in September if the weather holds up.  It was suggested that you and Mrs chief (plus the Audi - naturally) are invited to join in.  It's not as if you haven't got the kit  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on July 07, 2010, 07:13:14 pm
Sorry Chief did you say you needed to meet me at the Rose and Crown around nine o'clock to discuss mega important Great Waltham cycling day issues?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on July 07, 2010, 08:39:08 pm
I like your thinking young man :thumbsup: but after rowing my little socks off the only consumption I can handle is water  ;D

I need to make a mental note to check this forum more often with tempting invitations like that on it  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on July 07, 2010, 08:49:14 pm
Not much interest for this evening then?  In which case I may save my pass for another night   O:-)

It would appear not.

I have just clocked your avatar, in fact Oaky mentioned it at the weekend - very comical!  I think you need to retake the photo to include your team car driver; without her you'd be stuffed!

Oh and by the way, we briefly discussed repeating the weekend's bike camping trip in September if the weather holds up.  It was suggested that you and Mrs chief (plus the Audi - naturally) are invited to join in.  It's not as if you haven't got the kit  ;D


 O:-) What can I say? A car compliments a bike in so many ways  :smug:

Up for another camping adventure in September, not sure the Mrs does camping nowadays though  :o
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on July 07, 2010, 09:03:08 pm
To the usual suspects,

This Saturday from 5pm I shall be fending for myself as Mrs chief is off out. Now the knee seems much better I'm tempted to do a short reasonable length ride returning to a pub in the area for some food and light refreshments.  Then back to mine to play some pool and throw some darts at the freshly painted walls. Could also just had straight to mine for the pool/darts/food/beer.

Any takers?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on July 08, 2010, 08:49:37 am
It's a great offer but sadly we are away.  :-[
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 08, 2010, 09:37:37 am
To the usual suspects,

This Saturday from 5pm I shall be fending for myself as Mrs chief is off out. Now the knee seems much better I'm tempted to do a short reasonable length ride returning to a pub in the area for some food and light refreshments.  Then back to mine to play some pool and throw some darts at the freshly painted walls. Could also just had straight to mine for the pool/darts/food/beer.

Any takers?

I'm at a party on the afternoon/early evening (advertised as 5.00 til late, with hog-roast at 6.00), but, given that we'll have the kids with us, "late" might not be particularly so.

I probably won't know how late until we're there, but if you're OK with short notice, I'll have the fast bike kitted out and ready to go as soon as I've put kids to bed.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on July 08, 2010, 11:07:52 pm
Okey smoke, keep me posted :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on July 11, 2010, 08:32:18 pm
The Chelmsford Beer Festival is coming up soon - 13th to the 17th July.

CAMRA site (http://www.camra.org.uk/page.aspx?o=242434)

I haven't seen you lot for ages, so if you fancy coming along one evening, you'll find me there  :P

Edit: It's pretty big these days and held in Admirals Park. Last year was very good. It's come a long way since it was held in the now flattened SU bar and had me throwing up on some random bloke's shoes which resulted in him trying to strangle me!

How are we looking for this on Wednesday then?

I need to try and find my CAMRA membership card or search the internets for the secret CAMRA greeting that ensures free entry  :facepalm:

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 11, 2010, 09:49:21 pm
I have a pass to attend but am not allowed to take a bike. Apparently I am likely to end up as a menace to myself and anyone else within a half mile radius. I shall let the train take the strain.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 12, 2010, 10:45:37 am
I will be beerfesting on Weds.

I'm also trying to work out a way of not having the bike with me!  I suppose I could just leave it at the office here.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Hummers on July 12, 2010, 04:05:57 pm
Despite (probably) being in Grays on the Thursday morning, I will have to pass on this.

One day though....

H
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on July 12, 2010, 04:10:42 pm
So not only has the theme of these rides gone from getting more miles in to getting more pubs in, we're also now considering one where there won't be any cycling at all, and hundreds of beers. Brilliant! :thumbsup: :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 12, 2010, 04:18:57 pm
Yes, your observation is not without truth. I think the top of the slippery slope was found some months ago. My only surprise is that it has taken this long to get to the bottom of the slope.

I think a  ::-) and a  ;D is called for!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 12, 2010, 05:50:53 pm
...slippery slope...

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!  ;D Thud!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 12, 2010, 06:16:53 pm
I am thinking of staging a coup d'etat and starting a rival series of rides which feature a reasonable number of miles with a swift pint or two at a convenient pub.  Another feature will be getting to bed before 11pm  ;D

I'm not entirely sure how much company I'll have!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on July 12, 2010, 10:32:18 pm
So not only has the theme of these rides gone from getting more miles in to getting more pubs in, we're also now considering one where there won't be any cycling at all, and hundreds of beers. Brilliant! :thumbsup: :P

Last time at this beer festival there were lots of bikes locked up outside, does that count   :D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on July 12, 2010, 10:49:25 pm
I shall definitely be there on Tuesday and Wednesday. I will be drinking much beer. I have to go to hospital on Thursday for blood tests (and get results from the last) and fully expect my doctor to say "GET THE BOLLOCKS OFF THE FUCKING PISSAHOLZ!" So I may as well make the most of it and go out in style!

Station to beer festival can be done completely off road, so bring bikes!*

*Or just get completely wankered and walk  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on July 13, 2010, 02:02:46 pm
My plan to bunk off work this afternoon and go to Look Mum No Hands (http://www.lookmumnohands.com/) to watch today's Tour stage whilst knocking back a few beers with the Chelmer has been thwarted by work commitments. On the up-side, I will definitely now be at the Chelmsford Beer Festival (http://www.chelmsfordbeerfestival.org.uk/) this evening!

Current copy of the Essex Chronicle contains cut out voucher for free entry - today only.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on July 13, 2010, 02:14:53 pm
I took a stroll down there this morning. The CAMRA dudes are busying themselves putting the finishing touches to the vast area of beer serving goodness.

I have cut out my coupon from the Chronicle. I am ready to go  :P
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on July 13, 2010, 05:50:29 pm
I am with you in spirit because

(a) I'm in Germany
(b) I don't drink beer anyway
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on July 13, 2010, 05:56:43 pm
Well, if there is a German beer stand, I'll have a half for you.....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 13, 2010, 06:49:29 pm
Guess what!  I have been selected to take part in testing the new Fill That Hole iPhone app!  bobb please let me know if you spot any potholes at the Beer Festival.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bloomers100 on July 13, 2010, 06:55:00 pm
Just pot bellies for the feelthatbellie iPhone app. IGMC.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 14, 2010, 10:07:29 am
Hmm... Despite it neatly fitting into my MEMWNS progression curve of miles cycled (M) per pint (P) plotted against time:-

Code: [Select]
   A
   |
   |  *
 M |      *
 / |            *
 P |                *
   |                  *
   |                      *
   |                           *
   +---------------------------------->
                   Time

(aka the "slippery slope")... I'm going to have to pass on the visit tonight, I'm afraid.  :'(

Don't eat too many of Podge's Gourmet Pickled eggs (or if you do, be sure to wash them down with something chewy).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 14, 2010, 10:39:57 am
Bugger, never mind.  I will carry on regardless but hope to excercise some restraint on both the pickled egg and beer front so I don't end up in too much of a snotty heap.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on July 14, 2010, 12:39:05 pm
I've got f*cking walls to build.

i.e. stuff to do, you know - like, stuff.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 14, 2010, 12:43:17 pm
So it's me, bobb and chief?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on July 14, 2010, 12:57:21 pm
And токамак, he just doesn't know it yet  ;)

Word of advice - it's quite expensive at around £2.80 - £3.00 a pint. It will cost cost you 4 of your hard earned pounds to get in and you'll need to shell out 3 for a pint glass (This is refundable should you not want to keep the glass) There are no cash machines near by. Fill your wallets early....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 14, 2010, 01:18:14 pm
And токамак, he just doesn't know it yet  ;)

Word of advice - it's quite expensive at around £2.80 - £3.00 a pint. It will cost cost you 4 of your hard earned pounds to get in and you'll need to shell out 3 for a pint glass (This is refundable should you not want to keep the glass) There are no cash machines near by. Fill your wallets early....

... not to mention the cost of the odd pickled egg  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oaky on July 14, 2010, 01:24:52 pm
Well, you'd get in for free if

a) you were a fully paid-up beirdy-weirdy (CAMRA, not AUK)

and

b) You had some idea where your membership card was! <stagedirection type="point and laugh" direction="towards chief">

 :P ;D

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: токамак on July 14, 2010, 01:31:55 pm
I need to gear-up my fixer for a race tomorrow. 48x15, 84" should do it. And I suppose I should test ride it first, perhaps in the direction of Admirals Park, to make sure that I can get a sufficient wang on. ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on July 14, 2010, 01:37:58 pm
That's the spirit. Dunkerque and '66 and all that....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on July 14, 2010, 01:52:24 pm
b) You had some idea where your membership card was! <stagedirection type="point and laugh" direction="towards chief">
 :P ;D

Well, after searching both high and low I am pleased to report that I have found the sacred beardy-weirdy club card  :thumbsup: After peeling it from  it's sticky home and signing the back of it, it is ready to be shown with a smug grin at the beer tent entrance and at the same time, no doubt impressing the surrounding Chelmsford totty  :D

I just wish I could remember a) signing up for the club and b), just how much it cost for a year's membership.  Eitherway I'm pretty sure it was more than the £4 saving  :'( 

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 14, 2010, 02:39:19 pm
I am thinking of wandering off to the station at about 7pm so should be at the festival before 8pm.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Tomsk on July 14, 2010, 03:46:05 pm
    Well, I was half-hoping to get to the beerfest tonight, but in view of my riding a little 100km randonnee tomorrow, I think I'd better be sensible. Next week maybe [as part of my very serious 'taper' before the Mersey '24'!]
    Have fun [several pints of it.]
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 14, 2010, 03:48:54 pm
    Well, I was half-hoping to get to the beerfest tonight, but in view of my riding a little 100km randonnee tomorrow, I think I'd better be sensible. Next week maybe [as part of my very serious 'taper' before the Mersey '24'!]
    Have fun [several pints of it.]

Mate, a man of your calibre can have a few beers and ride 100km - don't be such a fairy!  You never know there might be some leftover food to finish off  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on July 14, 2010, 03:51:43 pm
100km?!! That's only about 12 miles! Sort it out  ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: chief on July 14, 2010, 04:57:16 pm
Come on Tomsk, you know the carbo-loading will be good for you :thumbsup:

I'll also aim to get there for 8  :-*

Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: Auntie Helen on July 14, 2010, 06:08:26 pm
Yeah Tomsk, you should go. After all, there's a girl from Tomsk in my language course and that's in Siberia. What's Dunmow to a Beer Festival compared to Siberia to Düsseldorf?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series
Post by: bobb on July 14, 2010, 06:17:07 pm
8 it is then. It's stopped raining and the sun is out. Perfect weather for drinking beer.

I believe between us we have enough of each other's