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Title: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on December 28, 2008, 11:34:13 pm
I seem to recall that SE Essex was to be the venue for our next soirée and it might have been my call to do the organising.

Fatters, you are the key man here: when is your next Friday off?

We could do the famed Paglesham Run. This Classic traditionally involves pints in
followed by a madcap dash back to Saarfend for a curry.

For medical reasons, I reserve the right to drink halves / ginger beer. The curry is clearly an optional extra.

The last train allowing a return to Chelmsford / Witham would be at 23.12 from Rochford. I'd say a 7.30 start at the Golden Lion would be necessary to allow for half an hour per pub and plenty of time back for the train. The curry would be for another night. I'm not as young as I used to be.

I'll tentatively suggest Friday 16th Jan for this nonsense.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on December 29, 2008, 01:33:44 pm
Crickey! That could get messy! Obviously I'm in  :thumbsup:

I think any slow/not wanting to get drunk drinkers should be forced to drink halves. There's nothing worse on a pub crawl when everybody has finished their pints and a couple of stragglers are going "Hold on! I'm not even half way yet!".

If it's the usual suspects, this will not be a problem   :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on December 29, 2008, 04:47:32 pm
This will be good for me.  :thumbsup:
And I'll accept the derision heaped on me by bobb for not drinking too much on this ride.  :P
And another thing, it'll probably be the day I become a slaphead again!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on December 29, 2008, 04:54:38 pm
First of all, I wasn't heaping any derision on you! And secondly, you're a permaslaphead anyway  :P

Edit: Del with hair would be almost as amusing as Wow sans beard!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on December 29, 2008, 05:03:04 pm
Edit: Del with hair would be almost as amusing as Wow sans beard!
Memory loss bobb? Already?  :o See you tomorrow.  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on January 11, 2009, 11:40:42 pm
Chaps, I hate to be an old kill-joy, but a family commitment last Friday has buggered this coming Friday for me (I had to postpone a coaching session). I won't be available until 8.30.

Can we put it off a week?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on January 12, 2009, 09:09:29 am
Oh, I had forgotten about this one. So you're now proposing the 23rd? I think I can make that.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 12, 2009, 11:17:15 am
I'm OK with the change. (i'm taking pills for it  :P)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on January 12, 2009, 11:40:05 am
I'm chilled with the 23rd.....
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: annie on January 12, 2009, 11:41:35 am
I wonder if I could make this one.  From where to where?  Would driving to the start and then riding be appropriate?  I am not a drinker but would make do with a coffee or three.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on January 12, 2009, 12:13:26 pm
I wonder if I could make this one.  From where to where?  Would driving to the start and then riding be appropriate?  I am not a drinker but would make do with a coffee or three.

The original plan was here (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/idmap.srf?x=587620&y=190620&z=120&sv=587620,190620&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=idmap.srf&searchp=ids.srf&lm=0) to here (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/idmap.srf?x=594425&y=192255&z=120&sv=594425,192255&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=idmap.srf&searchp=ids.srf&lm=0) and back to Southend. It's about an 18 mile round trip from my place. You'd be welcome to kip here if you wanted to.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 12, 2009, 02:21:50 pm
I've just come over all sweaty and queer - I nearly missed this thread!  That wouldn't do now would it?

I am in for the 23rd.  I shall cycle down from Witham and then tootle off to the Outlaws at Ashingdon for the night.  They will be pleased!  I had better clean up my act.  My normal post pub ride behaviour may not be appreciated by the Mother in Law.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 19, 2009, 06:00:53 pm
Boing!
Now that we've had time to get over OD being all sweaty and queer would it be better to meet at Rochford station rather than the Golden Lion?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 22, 2009, 09:10:54 am
The ride is tomorrow night.  I'm excited.  Two questions:

1. When and where are we meeting?
2. Would it be appropriate for me to bring pickled eggs or have we moved on?

Oops, that's three questions.  Sorry  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 22, 2009, 09:20:47 am
The ride is tomorrow night.  I'm excited.  Two questions:

1. When and where are we meeting?
2. Would it be appropriate for me to bring pickled eggs or have we moved on?

Oops, that's three questions.  Sorry  ;D
1. I suggested the station but the first pub is not far away, clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=51.58323,0.706934&hl=en&geocode=FUUTEwMdp7cKAA%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=17&sll=51.582903,0.703887&sspn=0.004653,0.011104&ie=UTF8&ll=51.582975,0.706317&spn=0.004653,0.011104&z=17), being somwhere on North St. but before Weir Pond Rd.
1(a) see 1.
2. I think we've moved on but YMMV.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 22, 2009, 09:32:00 am
The ride is tomorrow night.  I'm excited.  Two questions:

1. When and where are we meeting?
2. Would it be appropriate for me to bring pickled eggs or have we moved on?

Oops, that's three questions.  Sorry  ;D
1. I suggested the station but the first pub is not far away, clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=51.58323,0.706934&hl=en&geocode=FUUTEwMdp7cKAA%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=17&sll=51.582903,0.703887&sspn=0.004653,0.011104&ie=UTF8&ll=51.582975,0.706317&spn=0.004653,0.011104&z=17), being somwhere on North St. but before Weir Pond Rd.
1(a) see 1.
2. I think we've moved on but YMMV.

Cool.  I will wait to see what other people think about meeting places.

(I will try to remember your pannier hooks)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 22, 2009, 09:34:11 am
(I will try to remember your pannier hooks)
I forgot about those. In that case I'll get the eggs in.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Charlotte on January 22, 2009, 09:36:35 am
There is a good chance that owing to a local commitment that afternoon, I shall be able to attend this.

Be gentle with me  ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 22, 2009, 09:39:46 am
There is a good chance that owing to a local commitment that afternoon, I shall be able to attend this.

Be gentle with me  ::-)

I don't have any red carpet to hand but I will roll up the scummy off-cut currently on the garage floor and bring it with me.  You will be the first lady to attend one of these events so I think we need to mark the occasion accordingly.

Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Charlotte on January 22, 2009, 09:44:04 am
Will a Brommie be okay for the distances between pubs?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: clarion on January 22, 2009, 09:47:08 am
Is david Hamilton Prime Minister yet?  I think we should be told.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on January 22, 2009, 09:48:34 am
Will a Brommie be okay for the distances between pubs?

It will be fine.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 22, 2009, 09:48:50 am
Will a Brommie be okay for the distances between pubs?
Very much Brommie country, with short distances, on flat and smooth roads. Might get to all of 10 miles.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on January 22, 2009, 09:49:37 am
I'd say meet at the station. What train will you be on, OD?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 22, 2009, 09:51:27 am
Is david Hamilton Prime Minister yet?  I think we should be told.
He's forming a coalition with Sooty and Zippy as he doesn't want to be seen as a sock puppet.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: clarion on January 22, 2009, 09:53:09 am
And there's me thinking it was Muppets in charge!  I'm going to campaing for Sooty to be replaced with Soo, as she seems a lot more sensible. </OT>
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on January 22, 2009, 10:02:54 am
Make that 2 Bromptons!

Can we meet at Rochford Station please?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 22, 2009, 10:15:28 am
Is david Hamilton Prime Minister yet?  I think we should be told.

I gave up on this as Diddy clearly has no political ambition.  I paid bobb his dues ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/YACFXmasdo3.jpg)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 22, 2009, 10:17:14 am
I'd say meet at the station. What train will you be on, OD?

I am riding down.  More than happy to meet at Rochford Station.  What time?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 22, 2009, 10:19:26 am
Make that 2 Bromptons!

Can we meet at Rochford Station please?
I'll meet and greet, what time will you be there?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on January 22, 2009, 10:23:46 am
19:26 - change at Shenfield for the 19:01 to Rochford.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on January 22, 2009, 10:58:43 am
Very much Brommie country, with short distances, on flat and smooth roads.
Too much of that kind of statement will get your poetic licence revoked!! 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 22, 2009, 11:54:20 am
How I regret being official baby-sitter tomorrow night and thus having to stay at home instead of coming out to drink play.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 22, 2009, 11:56:10 am
How I regret being official baby-sitter tomorrow night and thus having to stay at home instead of coming out to drink play.

Can you not bring your charges with you?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on January 22, 2009, 12:12:56 pm
Careful, we don't want another case of this:

Couple took baby on 7 hour pub crawl | The Sun |News (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2082507.ece)

 :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on January 22, 2009, 12:23:49 pm
I shall see if I can get a pass...

Do you think the route is doable on a singlespeed? (Honest answers please...)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 22, 2009, 12:29:38 pm
Careful, we don't want another case of this:

Couple took baby on 7 hour pub crawl | The Sun |News (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2082507.ece)

 :P

It'll be OK, Nutty looks nothing like the bloke pictured. 

Anyhow, Santa will be present.  What can go wrong?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on January 22, 2009, 12:42:09 pm
Oooh, this is all rather exciting!

My jar of pickled eggs are still to be consumed. I don't know whether I should eat them or keep them as a trophy! According to the label, they should be consumed by the end of this year though  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on January 22, 2009, 12:43:11 pm
Do you think the route is doable on a singlespeed? (Honest answers please...)
We'll be cycling through Essex marshland! Max altitude will be something around 3 metres.  ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on January 22, 2009, 12:44:31 pm
Do you think the route is doable on a singlespeed? (Honest answers please...)
We'll be cycling through Essex marshland! Max altitude will be something around 3 metres.  ::-)


Hokey dokey...

I shall as Mr R for a pass.

The meet is at 7.30 p.m. at Rochford Station is it not?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on January 22, 2009, 01:03:19 pm
It'll be OK, Nutty looks nothing like the bloke pictured. 

Anyhow, Santa will be present.  What can go wrong?

Don't tempt fate - I can imagine the headlines now...

'Drunken gang of deviant cyclists lead by Santa lookalike take kid on South Essex pub crawl - kids Uncle launches inexplicable diatribe against the French when questioned'
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 22, 2009, 01:28:22 pm
Careful, we don't want another case of this:

Couple took baby on 7 hour pub crawl | The Sun |News (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2082507.ece)

 :P

It'll be OK, Nutty looks nothing like the bloke pictured. 

Anyhow, Santa will be present.  What can go wrong?

"Hello kids, I'm glad you came round, do you want to go and meet Santa?"   Hhhhmmmm......     That might make me a favourite Uncle ;D

"Yes, I'll be drinking grown up drinks which means I can't drive.  Please can you both sit on the rack of a bicycle..."   I think that would put me back in the dog house.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 22, 2009, 01:44:06 pm
It'll be OK, Nutty looks nothing like the bloke pictured. 

Anyhow, Santa will be present.  What can go wrong?

Don't tempt fate - I can imagine the headlines now...

'Drunken gang of deviant cyclists lead by Santa lookalike take kid on South Essex pub crawl - kids Uncle launches inexplicable diatribe against the French and Apple when questioned'
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on January 22, 2009, 02:57:36 pm
"Yes, I'll be drinking grown up drinks which means I can't drive.  Please can you both sit on the rack of a bicycle..."   I think that would put me back in the dog house.

I'm sure we can arrange a test ride of a Burley!!   ;D :thumbsup:

How big are these childs? 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 22, 2009, 03:05:17 pm
7 & 9 if my memory serves me..   I'm usually wrong* so give or take 18 months off of each of those  ;D





* naughty uncle  :-[
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on January 22, 2009, 03:15:19 pm
7 & 9 if my memory serves me..   I'm usually wrong* so give or take 18 months off of each of those  ;D





* naughty uncle  :-[

You misunderstand. Do they look old enough to be able to buy me a drink?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 22, 2009, 03:18:09 pm
You misunderstand. Do they look old enough to be able to buy me a drink?
We need an overcoat, a false beard, and a top circus acrobat to teach the kids to stand on each others shoulders. They'll both need to be trained otherwise the one on the bottom will get tired and cranky and annoy Uncle Nutty.  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on January 22, 2009, 03:24:11 pm
Initially I was contemplating Nutty towing the kids around in a Burley trailer.  Obviously they are a bit too old to both fit in one trailer. So, a split second of lateral thinking brings me to another solution:-

The kids ride Nutty's tandem and tow the drunken Uncle Nutty in the trailer!  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 22, 2009, 03:35:24 pm
Hhhmmm, if they're going to see Santa, maybe I could chain their bikes in front of each other and then tow me in my sleigh trailer.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 22, 2009, 05:03:32 pm
So we need to bring:
Disguises for children,
Clingfilm,
Red nail varnish,
Hats,
Pickled eggs, I think those are covered,
And something to stop anal leakage.
That about sums it up I think.
Regulator, are you going to help OD with feeling sweaty and queer?   ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 23, 2009, 07:43:20 am
I am riding down tonight.  I may not make Rochford Station by 1930 hours.  So therefore, where are you going after the station so I can catch you up.

Plus, is there a nice route for getting from the Battlesbridge area to Rochford?  I will probably come over North Hill, and thru Danbury.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 23, 2009, 08:12:13 am
I am riding down tonight.  I may not make Rochford Station by 1930 hours.  So therefore, where are you going after the station so I can catch you up.

Plus, is there a nice route for getting from the Battlesbridge area to Rochford?  I will probably come over North Hill, and thru Danbury.
I think this'll be the pub route from the station, Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Stambridge+Rd+to:Gore+Rd+to:Unknown+road+to:51.596588,0.804663&hl=en&geocode=FQQTEwMd6LcKAA%3BFXccEwMd1CILAA%3BFclfEwMd53ILAA%3BFUtmEwMdoucLAA%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=4&sz=15&via=1,2,3&sll=51.595495,0.796981&sspn=0.018608,0.044417&ie=UTF8&ll=51.58923,0.766983&spn=0.074443,0.17767&z=13). I'll come back to find you if needed.  :thumbsup:

This is probably the most pleasant route, Battlesbridge to Rochford. (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=hawk+hill,+battlesbridge&daddr=51.581763,0.70232&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=1&sz=16&sll=51.58391,0.698984&sspn=0.009307,0.022209&ie=UTF8&ll=51.600107,0.622101&spn=0.074426,0.17767&z=13)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 23, 2009, 08:26:02 am
I am riding down tonight.  I may not make Rochford Station by 1930 hours.  So therefore, where are you going after the station so I can catch you up.

Plus, is there a nice route for getting from the Battlesbridge area to Rochford?  I will probably come over North Hill, and thru Danbury.
I think this'll be the pub route from the station, Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Stambridge+Rd+to:Gore+Rd+to:Unknown+road+to:51.596588,0.804663&hl=en&geocode=FQQTEwMd6LcKAA%3BFXccEwMd1CILAA%3BFclfEwMd53ILAA%3BFUtmEwMdoucLAA%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=4&sz=15&via=1,2,3&sll=51.595495,0.796981&sspn=0.018608,0.044417&ie=UTF8&ll=51.58923,0.766983&spn=0.074443,0.17767&z=13). I'll come back to find you if needed.  :thumbsup:

This is probably the most pleasant route, Battlesbridge to Rochford. (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=hawk+hill,+battlesbridge&daddr=51.581763,0.70232&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=1&sz=16&sll=51.58391,0.698984&sspn=0.009307,0.022209&ie=UTF8&ll=51.600107,0.622101&spn=0.074426,0.17767&z=13)

Thanks Del, the Battlesbridge / Rochford route is the one I use to go to the Outlaws so I know it.  Don't you blokes go through some a farm where the gate is sometimes locked and you get chased by dogs (or did I just make that up?)

I've got your mobile number so if I need to call in the Pathfinder Squadron I will give you a call.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 23, 2009, 08:41:08 am
To use the barred route go straight on to Canewdon Rd. instead of heading south on Ashingdon. TR at Hyde Wood Lane. Google shows a break after the crossroads but the bridleway continues through that, beware the gates as they are surrounded by mud and you can't open the gates, you ride around them.
If your quite late it might be worth a ring to see where we are and maybe use this lane to get the second, or third, pub. Just follow it through and turn left on Stambridge Rd.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 23, 2009, 09:10:13 am
To use the barred route go straight on to Canewdon Rd. instead of heading south on Ashingdon. TR at Hyde Wood Lane. Google shows a break after the crossroads but the bridleway continues through that, beware the gates as they are surrounded by mud and you can't open the gates, you ride around them.
If your quite late it might be worth a ring to see where we are and maybe use this lane to get the second, or third, pub. Just follow it through and turn left on Stambridge Rd.

Thanks Del.  Can you send me a map with an arrow so I can spot it on my OS map???
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 23, 2009, 09:41:36 am
Thanks Del.  Can you send me a map with an arrow so I can spot it on my OS map???
Is this what you want, Clicky (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=3583)? (suggest you toggle map sizes)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on January 23, 2009, 09:49:10 am
Or, with a few more details,

bikehike.co.uk - Course Creator (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=3584)

takes you straight to the Golden Lion.

As Del says, there are two barriers to negotiate. The first, not far from a duck pond, I find is normally open in the hours of daylight, more likely to be closed after dark. You can negotiate this in one of two ways: there's a gap immediately to the left of it which is likely to be muddy; or you can turn and go through the stable yard, which is concreted. I used to use the latter all the time until some horsey woman objected to a cyclist in her private space, but you are quite unlikely to meet any horsey types after dark.

The second you can ride past, keeping it on your right, and then negotiate some bollards. In daylight, and while sober, you can ride through these with ease.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on January 23, 2009, 09:56:02 am
Or, with a few more details,

bikehike.co.uk - Course Creator (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=3584)

takes you straight to the Golden Lion.

As Del says, there are two barriers to negotiate. The first, not far from a duck pond, I find is normally open in the hours of daylight, more likely to be closed after dark. You can negotiate this in one of two ways: there's a gap immediately to the left of it which is likely to be muddy; or you can turn and go through the stable yard, which is concreted. I used to use the latter all the time until some horsey woman objected to a cyclist in her private space, but you are quite unlikely to meet any horsey types after dark.

The second you can ride past, keeping it on your right, and then negotiate some bollards. In daylight, and while sober, you can ride through these with ease.


If it's not a silly question, that map shows a circular route - why not head straight up Ashingdon Road to the pubbe?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on January 23, 2009, 09:58:50 am
For much of the day, the Ashingdon road is an A road in all but name. It's narrow, busy, heavy lorries use it, there is a totally inadequate farcility first one side, then the other, and I hate it with a vengeance.

For the sake of an extra mile, you can have rural tranquillity - a little bit of north Essex that got lost.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on January 23, 2009, 09:59:27 am
Wow, are you getting the train to Rochford Station?   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on January 23, 2009, 09:59:33 am
For much of the day, the Ashingdon road is an A road in all but name. It's narrow, busy, heavy lorries use it, there is a totally inadequate farcility first one side, then the other, and I hate it with a vengeance.

For the sake of an extra mile, you can have rural tranquillity - a little bit of north Essex that got lost.

Ah... that seems sensible (I don't know the area and wondered about the detour).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on January 23, 2009, 10:00:13 am
I have a pass  :thumbsup:

I aim to be at Rochford Station for 7.20 p.m.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on January 23, 2009, 10:01:01 am
Wow, are you getting the train to Rochford Station?   ;D ;D ;D

Wot? And spend 5p on a permit to travel??
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on January 23, 2009, 11:35:26 am
Have just driven home from ASDA along the seafront. The wind is getting up, the temperature is between 2°-3°c and the rain is coming down heavy and is getting a porridgy constistency that stayed on the side of the windscreen for a while.   :-\
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 23, 2009, 11:36:11 am
For much of the day, the Ashingdon road is an A road in all but name. It's narrow, busy, heavy lorries use it, there is a totally inadequate farcility first one side, then the other, and I hate it with a vengeance.

For the sake of an extra mile, you can have rural tranquillity - a little bit of north Essex that got lost.

Ah... that seems sensible (I don't know the area and wondered about the detour).

If you're ever in that area, DO stay in the road and don't use the farcility (I must upload my photos at some point, it has give way markings painted at EVERY residential driveway :D :D :D)

However don't let yourself get worried about that road, once on it it isn't too bad.   I spent much of last summer commuting home along it in the evening rush hour just to get some extra miles in, and intend to do the same this year.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 23, 2009, 11:36:54 am
Have just driven home from ASDA along the seafront. The wind is getting up, the temperature is between 2°-3°c and the rain is coming down heavy and is getting a porridgy constistency that stayed on the side of the windscreen for a while.   :-\

I am sitting at my desk in wet socks and undercrackers.

I'm supposed to be going out again at 14:30ish :-\
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on January 23, 2009, 11:37:46 am
Met Office says clear and cold for tonight.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on January 23, 2009, 11:38:57 am

I am sitting at my desk in wet socks and undercrackers.

I'm supposed to be going out again at 14:30ish :-\

Might I suggest Tena for Men (http://www.tena.co.uk/Men/)?    ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on January 23, 2009, 11:44:37 am
It is indeed most unpleasant at the moment, but I am of the firm belief that things will improve greatly by 7 p.m.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: clarion on January 23, 2009, 11:45:36 am

I am sitting at my desk in wet socks and undercrackers.

I'm supposed to be going out again at 14:30ish :-\

Might I suggest Tena for Men (http://www.tena.co.uk/Men/)?    ;)

That wasn't the reaction I expected from you to a young man in a state of deshabille.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 23, 2009, 11:45:57 am
Met Office says clear and cold for tonight.

The sun always shines on our rides.  Have you not noticed?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on January 23, 2009, 11:48:10 am

I am sitting at my desk in wet socks and undercrackers.

I'm supposed to be going out again at 14:30ish :-\

Might I suggest Tena for Men (http://www.tena.co.uk/Men/)?    ;)

That wasn't the reaction I expected from you to a young man in a state of deshabille.


I just can't understand why you all seem to have this belief that I am a sex-crazed loon...  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on January 23, 2009, 11:50:26 am
The sun always shines on our rides.  Have you not noticed?

No, it's always been at night!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: clarion on January 23, 2009, 11:51:31 am
I just can't understand why you all seem to have this belief that I am a sex-crazed loon...  ;D

Me neither ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 23, 2009, 12:23:57 pm
Just back from a recce ride.  ::-)
Yes it was wet!
Yes it was windy!
Yes it was cold(ish)!
The worst thing was that my new waterproof jacket that I received yesterday isn't waterproof so that's going back! There is a little flooding, big puddles really, but it isn't deep, it is avoidable and I expect it to disappear by tonight. NSTN rating is very good.

Pics of wet places are here, Clicky (http://www.delthebike.ukfsn.org/epnr-0901/index.php).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on January 23, 2009, 01:07:03 pm
I may be a few minutes late...  I can't leave from L'poo St until after 18.30, which means that the first possible train is the 18.35 arriving 19.26 or, failing that, the 18.45 arriving 19.36.

If I am late, I hope you won't disappear without me...  :-\
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 23, 2009, 01:15:12 pm
The GPS is programmed so there is every likelihood that I will find Rochford Station.  Though, given my navigational abilities this is not a guarantee.  I have selected the muddy option to avoid the Ashingdon Road.  I trust I will not encounter anything unseemly as I pass by Little Doggetts and Doggetts Farm.

Should be a proper giggle, the weather will be fine I promise.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on January 23, 2009, 01:58:53 pm
I'm gunna have to bail I'm afraid. Which is a shame as this is shaping up to be a goodun.

My dad is going into hospital shortly and my mother has made it pretty clear I should spend some time with him before he goes in. And she's probably right. So I'll skip this one and hopefully be around for the next one. Good luck all!!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 23, 2009, 02:04:38 pm

 there are two barriers to negotiate. The first, not far from a duck pond, I find is normally open in the hours of daylight, more likely to be closed after dark.
Both barriers are now automatic and always closed. Fear not though as the first one you encounter has room either side to ride around. The last time I went through, about 3 weeks ago, it was less muddy on the near side, heading south. Even if they have built fences either side you'll be able to walk the bike under the bar, with only a little leaning and ducking.

GWS bobbs Dad.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 23, 2009, 02:06:50 pm

 there are two barriers to negotiate. The first, not far from a duck pond, I find is normally open in the hours of daylight, more likely to be closed after dark.
Both barriers are now automatic and always closed. Fear not though as the first one you encounter has room either side to ride around. The last time I went through, about 3 weeks ago, it was less muddy on the near side, heading south. Even if they have built fences either side you'll be able to walk the bike under the bar, with only a little leaning and ducking.

GWS bobbs Dad.  :thumbsup:

I will resist the temptation to bunny hop both barriers.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 23, 2009, 03:08:09 pm
Whoops! I hope OD can still change route plans, Clicky (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/7846890.stm)!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 23, 2009, 03:11:12 pm
Whoops! I hope OD can still change route plans, Clicky (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/7846890.stm)!

It'll be fine!  I am assuming there hasn't been more rain in the area so it should have drained away.  I'll pack some Speedos just in case.

I am more concerned by Metcheck's forecast showing the gusty wind swinging round to the south. 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 23, 2009, 03:14:11 pm
Whoops! I hope OD can still change route plans, Clicky (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/7846890.stm)!

It'll be fine!  I am assuming there hasn't been more rain in the area so it should have drained away.  I'll pack some Speedos just in case.
Just in case here's another route, Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Hawk+Hill&daddr=Chelmsford+Rd+to:Rawreth+Ln+to:Hambro+Hill+to:51.581443,0.702438&hl=en&geocode=FXa5EwMdepsIAA%3BFeysEwMd270IAA%3BFfF8EwMdp-IIAA%3BFbRJEwMdgmoJAA%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=4&sz=14&via=1,2,3&sll=51.594455,0.681152&sspn=0.027513,0.071411&ie=UTF8&z=14), it's busier though. Alternate is to go to Wickford Station or I can draw you a route through Rayleigh and up the side of the A127.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on January 23, 2009, 03:24:21 pm
I just can't understand why you all seem to have this belief that I am a sex-crazed loon...  ;D
Well there was that ride on which you spent most of your time trying to get into Mini-Hummer's pants!  ::-)   

But other than that...   :-\



Whoops! I hope OD can still change route plans, Clicky (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/7846890.stm)!

It'll be fine!  I am assuming there hasn't been more rain in the area so it should have drained away.  I'll pack some Speedos just in case.
Just in case here's another route, Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Hawk+Hill&daddr=Chelmsford+Rd+to:Rawreth+Ln+to:Hambro+Hill+to:51.581443,0.702438&hl=en&geocode=FXa5EwMdepsIAA%3BFeysEwMd270IAA%3BFfF8EwMdp-IIAA%3BFbRJEwMdgmoJAA%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=4&sz=14&via=1,2,3&sll=51.594455,0.681152&sspn=0.027513,0.071411&ie=UTF8&z=14), it's busier though. Alternate is to go to Wickford Station or I can draw you a route through Rayleigh and up the side of the A127.
'Tis called Watery Lane for a very good reason!  ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on January 23, 2009, 11:54:39 pm
Well, I'm back! A damned good ride for 7 intrepid forummers, although I suspect that OD may well have counted 14 by the end. Del did sterling work shepherding him home.

Six pubs were visited, all serving real ales, and we cycled past another three or four which were not patronised. Charlotte, Reg and Tokamak arrived back in Rochford with a few minutes to spare for the 23.12 train.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 24, 2009, 12:23:10 am
A splendid night which saw me joining OD in a few verses of Laurel and Hardys Lonesome Pine, I was Laurel, after the fifth pub. I left OD with only a few hundred metres to travel and did an extended trip home.
You can all look forward to some pictures of Charlotte gurning later and a few others of everybody else who were brave enough to EPNR with Wow tonight. It was a tight schedule and, I think, all the more enjoyable. An extra round of applause to Charlotte who was brave enough to join us and it was especially nice to have some top totty around, even though we were batting for the same side. Except for Greg who is a top chap and all round good egg. The pickled eggs were supplied by OD who, as I write, is probably demanding intercourse from his MiL.  :thumbsup:
Thanks to all.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on January 24, 2009, 12:44:46 am
Very, very good. I can't wait to see the photos. Short distances and multiple pubs are the name of this game - and we played it well... Several pints in and a blast back to Rochford for the last train - we made it with a couple of minutes to spare. :thumbsup: When's the next one? ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 24, 2009, 03:16:08 am
I'm really regretting missing this.  But at least I won a chess game  :demon: :demon: :demon:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on January 24, 2009, 09:05:20 am
Glad everyone had a good time! Looking forward to pics. Although they'll probably make me jealous that I wasn't in attendance  :'(
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on January 24, 2009, 11:21:30 am
Some of the pictures are here, Clicky (http://www.delthebike.ukfsn.org/epnr-0901a/index.php), in a slide show format and all of the images will end up in Picasa (see link below). Upload should finish around 1130. 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 24, 2009, 12:49:15 pm
Greetings!  What a fab evening. 

My ride down from Witham was not without incident.  Watery Lane lived up to it's name by being flooded with rain water and sewage.  I ignored the "Road Closed" sign and got round the flooded section by tramping through some fields - very muddy.  When I got to Dogger's Lane (as recommended by Del and Wow) I had a clipless moment as I went round the final barrier and fell into a hedge.

I didn't realise we were visiting 6 pubs so got progressively more pi55ed as the night wore on (in case you didn't notice), I have always had a rubbish head for booze.  I couldn't quite finish the 6th pint but I am quite proud that I got through 5 and a bit pints and still managed to cycle back to the Outlaws - thanks for the shepherding act Del.  I will make a binge drinker out of myself yet.  I did just over 38 miles all told.

A huge "thank you" to the Southend crew for organising the event, Del for the pictures and escort duties (don't tell Boy George about him), and everyone that turned up.  Thanks also to my parents, my manager, the producers, Mavis in make-up, my pet poodle Rocky, my boy friend, girl friend, wife, kids ...

PS - which pubs did we visit?  It all got a bit blurred and I can't remember  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on January 24, 2009, 01:40:47 pm
PS - which pubs did we visit?  It all got a bit blurred and I can't remember  ;D

We visited, The Golden Lion (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=golden+lion+rochford&fb=1&split=1&gl=uk&view=text&latlng=11925872397112614157&dtab=7), Rochford, The Cherry Tree, Rochford  (http://www.thecherrytree-rochford.co.uk/) (the first of our pubs owned by the Oliver family), The Royal Oak (http://www.theroyaloakstambridge.co.uk/), Gt. Stambridge, The Shepherd and Dog (http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/28/28362/Shepherd_and_Dog/Ballards_Gore), Ballard's Gore, The Punchbowl (http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/19/19390/Punchbowl_Inn/Paglesham), Paglesham Church End, and finally, the last pub of the evening and the second Oliver owned pub, The Plough and Sail (http://www.theploughandsail.co.uk/), Paglesham East End.

On our way we cycled past, but did not stop in, The Marlborough Head, The Milestone, the King's Head, The Rose and Crown, The New Ship and the Essex Marina Bar.  :-\

Must try harder next time!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on January 25, 2009, 09:01:27 am
Well - that was a good night.  A little chilly but that just provided the excuse for a drink to warm you up at each stop.  6 pubs = 2½ pints and a coffee for me.

The dash back to the train was amusing (if somewhat knackering as I haven't been on the bike much for the last couple of months) and even the ride back across London from Liverpool St wasn't too bad - it wasn't quite late enough for the full force of binge drinkers to roaming the streets... although I did get a 'nice arse' from a blind (I presume) young lady in Covent Garden.

How's the head OD?  And don't forget what you promised - there were witnesses (and some photos, I think)!  ;)

Thanks to Wow and Fatters for such a splendidly planned crawl.  And to Del for his shepherding...
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 25, 2009, 09:47:35 am

How's the head OD?  And don't forget what you promised - there were witnesses (and some photos, I think)!  ;)



My head was surprisingly fine yesterday morning.  Perhaps I have inadvertently stumbled over an excellent hangover cure: cycling, paracetamol plus rousing verses of "In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia"

For the record, the Mother in Law remained unmolested, as did everyone else.  I slept like a large piece of wood on Friday night.  Some uncharitable souls suggested I passed out but they're just uncharitable   >:(

What did I promise Reg?  I am genuinely quaking in my kinky Endura neoprene over booties   :o
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on January 25, 2009, 09:49:36 am

How's the head OD?  And don't forget what you promised - there were witnesses (and some photos, I think)!  ;)



My head was surprisingly fine yesterday morning.  Perhaps I have inadvertently stumbled over an excellent hangover cure: cycling, paracetamol plus rousing verses of "In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia"

For the record, the Mother in Law remained unmolested, as did everyone else.  I slept like a large piece of wood on Friday night.  Some uncharitable souls suggested I passed out but they're just uncharitable   >:(

What did I promise Reg?  I am genuinely quaking in my kinky Endura neoprene over booties   :o


You don't remember..?  It was during the discussion of Boy Butter.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 25, 2009, 09:50:47 am

How's the head OD?  And don't forget what you promised - there were witnesses (and some photos, I think)!  ;)



My head was surprisingly fine yesterday morning.  Perhaps I have inadvertently stumbled over an excellent hangover cure: cycling, paracetamol plus rousing verses of "In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia"

For the record, the Mother in Law remained unmolested, as did everyone else.  I slept like a large piece of wood on Friday night.  Some uncharitable souls suggested I passed out but they're just uncharitable   >:(

What did I promise Reg?  I am genuinely quaking in my kinky Endura neoprene over booties   :o


You don't remember..?  It was during the discussion of Boy Butter.

It gets worse.  What conversation about Boy Butter?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on January 25, 2009, 10:05:11 am

How's the head OD?  And don't forget what you promised - there were witnesses (and some photos, I think)!  ;)



My head was surprisingly fine yesterday morning.  Perhaps I have inadvertently stumbled over an excellent hangover cure: cycling, paracetamol plus rousing verses of "In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia"

For the record, the Mother in Law remained unmolested, as did everyone else.  I slept like a large piece of wood on Friday night.  Some uncharitable souls suggested I passed out but they're just uncharitable   >:(

What did I promise Reg?  I am genuinely quaking in my kinky Endura neoprene over booties   :o


You don't remember..?  It was during the discussion of Boy Butter.

It gets worse.  What conversation about Boy Butter?


You don't remember the Boy Butter conversation?!??!  :o
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 25, 2009, 10:07:34 am

How's the head OD?  And don't forget what you promised - there were witnesses (and some photos, I think)!  ;)



My head was surprisingly fine yesterday morning.  Perhaps I have inadvertently stumbled over an excellent hangover cure: cycling, paracetamol plus rousing verses of "In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia"

For the record, the Mother in Law remained unmolested, as did everyone else.  I slept like a large piece of wood on Friday night.  Some uncharitable souls suggested I passed out but they're just uncharitable   >:(

What did I promise Reg?  I am genuinely quaking in my kinky Endura neoprene over booties   :o


You don't remember..?  It was during the discussion of Boy Butter.

It gets worse.  What conversation about Boy Butter?


You don't remember the Boy Butter conversation?!??!  :o

Errr no. 

Please tell me what I promised then I can decide whether I should whiz round to the cop shop and ask to be taken into protective custody for a few years.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on February 25, 2009, 05:47:21 pm
We are due another one.

Reg & I speculated about the Ferry Boat, North Fambridge, for a pootle. Easy rail access, food, real ale.

Bicycle Path - nfambridge at Bikely.com (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/nfambridge)

Dates?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on February 25, 2009, 05:50:59 pm
Dates?
To make a change from pickled eggs? Bring some fruit instead, is Reg coming?  ;)

A bit late for Feb. How 'bout March 13?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on February 25, 2009, 05:53:49 pm
I'm not sure if I'll be able to make a March ride - due to moving, job hunting etc.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on February 25, 2009, 07:57:33 pm
I'm up at the crack of Dawn on 14th to ride an audax with Peli so 13th isn't good for me..
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on February 25, 2009, 09:09:26 pm
I'm up at the crack of Dawn on 14th to ride an audax with Peli so 13th isn't good for me..
Who's Dawn?  :o
I'm assuming that the 6th is too soon for people to organise the time what about the 27th. The 21st is the WARTY so pretty much rules out the 20th.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on February 25, 2009, 09:14:51 pm
I'm up at the crack of Dawn on 14th to ride an audax with Peli so 13th isn't good for me..
Who's Dawn?  :o
You wouldn't know her.
Quote
I'm assuming that the 6th is too soon for people to organise the time what about the 27th. The 21st is the WARTY so pretty much rules out the 20th.

We could always spend the night at Shenfield station?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 26, 2009, 07:54:23 am
The 27th March would be fine for me.  Don't really mind where we go, anything that involves bikes and pubs is just dandy.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on February 26, 2009, 09:01:24 am
We are due another one.

Reg & I speculated about the Ferry Boat, North Fambridge, for a pootle. Easy rail access, food, real ale.

I'm about to set off on a jaunt to that very establishment!  :thumbsup:


As for dates, I can make the 6th or the 20th
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 26, 2009, 09:03:36 am
The Ferry Boat does sound good.  I like the idea of food.  Might prevent me from getting quite so wasted  ;D

[Edit] Just looked at their website and noticed they have rooms!  This adds a whole new dimension!  Please can we go here?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on February 26, 2009, 09:06:46 am
The Ferry Boat does sound good.  I like the idea of food.  Might prevent me from getting quite so wasted  ;D
But will that be so entertaining for the rest of us?   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 26, 2009, 09:18:25 am
The Ferry Boat does sound good.  I like the idea of food.  Might prevent me from getting quite so wasted  ;D
But will that be so entertaining for the rest of us?   ;D ;D ;D

Git  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on February 26, 2009, 09:27:05 am
The Ferry Boat does sound good.  I like the idea of food.  Might prevent me from getting quite so wasted  ;D

[Edit] Just looked at their website and noticed they have rooms!  This adds a whole new dimension!  Please can we go here?


Hmmm.... a pub with rooms has certain attractions.... :demon:



 ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 26, 2009, 09:30:23 am
The Ferry Boat does sound good.  I like the idea of food.  Might prevent me from getting quite so wasted  ;D

[Edit] Just looked at their website and noticed they have rooms!  This adds a whole new dimension!  Please can we go here?


Hmmm.... a pub with rooms has certain attractions.... :demon:



 ;)

Gulp.  If I stay over I shall be bringing the missus  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on February 26, 2009, 11:32:43 am
The 27th March would be fine for me.  Don't really mind where we go, anything that involves bikes and pubs is just dandy.

I too can do the 27th (unless Mrs O knows different - will check tonight),  although unfortunately I can't do any of the other fridays in March.

It's possible that my legs might have fallen off by then, though, since I'm doing my first ever 100km ride the weekend before and it's a wee bit lumpy (AUK Killhope Grimpeur, 1800m of climbing :o).   I'm also doing my first 150km the following weekend (5th April, in Essex, so a bit less lumpy) so I may have to bail out anyway on grounds of recovery, so don't bend dates on my behalf!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 26, 2009, 02:28:43 pm
Mark, I think you've missing the point, these rides aren't strenuous.  I have no doubt whatsoever that you will be physically capable of taking part, irrespective of what you've just done! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on February 26, 2009, 02:30:18 pm
Steve took part and he was completely unconscious for at least half the time.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 26, 2009, 02:33:14 pm
Steve took part and he was completely unconscious for at least half the time.  :thumbsup:

Ahem, I beg to differ, I was completely incoherent not unconscious.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on February 26, 2009, 02:35:08 pm
Steve took part and he was completely unconscious for at least half the time.  :thumbsup:

Ahem, I beg to differ, I was completely incoherent not unconscious.

Actually, most of what you said seemed to make sense. You just gave the impression of being completely unaware of it.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 26, 2009, 02:37:16 pm
Steve took part and he was completely unconscious for at least half the time.  :thumbsup:

Ahem, I beg to differ, I was completely incoherent not unconscious.

Actually, most of what you said seemed to make sense. You just gave the impression of being completely unaware of it.

I can pull off that trick whilst sober as well!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on February 26, 2009, 02:38:26 pm
Steve took part and he was completely unconscious for at least half the time.  :thumbsup:

Ahem, I beg to differ, I was completely incoherent not unconscious.

Actually, most of what you said seemed to make sense. You just gave the impression of being completely unaware of it.

I can pull off that trick whilst sober as well!

Why waste money on beer then?  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 26, 2009, 02:44:31 pm
Steve took part and he was completely unconscious for at least half the time.  :thumbsup:

Ahem, I beg to differ, I was completely incoherent not unconscious.

Actually, most of what you said seemed to make sense. You just gave the impression of being completely unaware of it.

I can pull off that trick whilst sober as well!

Why waste money on beer then?  :P

It's still worth spending money on beer as I am much more attractive to women when drunk.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on February 26, 2009, 02:58:43 pm
As for dates, I can make the 6th or the 20th
I can do two dates, not the 20th though.
Have bobb and TOKaMaK checked in yet?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on February 26, 2009, 03:09:28 pm
*checks in*

I don't have any plans for March, so any date is good for me  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on February 26, 2009, 03:30:11 pm
Just remembered - can't do the 6th.  :-\
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on February 26, 2009, 03:35:47 pm
Just remembered - can't do the 6th.  :-\
Oh dear! That's naused it then!  :(
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on February 26, 2009, 03:38:26 pm
I can't do 6th either.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on February 26, 2009, 03:43:41 pm
Yo!

20th/27th wouldn't be a problem. There's some possibility that I might be racing in Milton Keynes on either Saturday 7th or 21st (or even both dates!), and boozing it up 'til late with the Essex boys the night before is probably not the way to be going into my first proper competitive event!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on February 26, 2009, 05:18:25 pm
Mark, I think you've missing the point, these rides aren't strenuous.  I have no doubt whatsoever that you will be physically capable of taking part, irrespective of what you've just done! :thumbsup:

Excellent.  Subject to governmental approval I'd be in for the 27th then.  I may or may not feel like tackling North Hill en-route (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Battlesbridge-via-North-Hill). :-\
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on February 26, 2009, 05:20:22 pm
I may or may not feel like tackling North Hill en-route (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Battlesbridge-via-North-Hill). :-\
We usually do it 2 to 3 times for a laugh and to build up a thirst.  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on February 26, 2009, 06:09:23 pm
The WARTY is on 21st so I suggest 27th.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 26, 2009, 06:25:26 pm
I may or may not feel like tackling North Hill en-route (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Battlesbridge-via-North-Hill). :-\
We usually do it 2 to 3 times for a laugh and to build up a thirst.  ;)

I have a new plan. 

Half of us will sit outside The Rodney (with pints, obviously) which is half way up North Hill and the rest of us will sit outside The Generals Arms (with pints) which is at the top of North Hill.  We will be able to watch Fatters go up and down 2 or 3 times, having a laugh as he pedals and getting thirsty.  Sitting outside two pubs is required to ensure he doesn't cheat.

I commend this plan to the House. 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on February 26, 2009, 06:33:35 pm
I commend this plan to the House. 
I like it and would like to sit and drink at the top of the hill. We will have to elect a lung picker upper and grit plucker though!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on February 26, 2009, 07:57:44 pm
I commend this plan to the House. 
I like it and would like to sit and drink at the top of the hill. We will have to elect a lung picker upper and grit plucker though!

Is it possible to charge a defibrillator from a dynohub?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on February 26, 2009, 11:21:32 pm
I commend this plan to the House. 
I like it and would like to sit and drink at the top of the hill. We will have to elect a lung picker upper and grit plucker though!

Is it possible to charge a defibrillator from a dynohub?

I doubt it. You'd need a lot more volts than that for FB. ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on February 27, 2009, 10:02:20 am
We will have to elect a lung picker upper and grit plucker though!

I'll volunteer for this - so I can laugh at FB in distress every inch of the way! :demon: ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on February 27, 2009, 11:50:44 am
Hopefully the weather will be good as I refuse to go into The General's Arms again after they charged me 7 quid for a poxy sandwich. It will have to be someone else's round as I refuse to give them any of my money!!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on February 27, 2009, 12:16:04 pm
It is an amazing rip-off in there. I got a round in - 2 beers and a gin & tonic, and it came to over £10.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on February 27, 2009, 02:51:28 pm
Hopefully the weather will be good as I refuse to go into The General's Arms again after they charged me 7 quid for a poxy sandwich. It will have to be someone else's round as I refuse to give them any of my money!!

Shouldnt' you pace him from the fron and pull the lead-out sprint for him on the approach to the top of the hill?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on February 27, 2009, 04:32:08 pm
hmm... I must learn to read what comes on screen when I use the preview button  :-[

Hopefully the weather will be good as I refuse to go into The General's Arms again after they charged me 7 quid for a poxy sandwich. It will have to be someone else's round as I refuse to give them any of my money!!

Shouldnt' you pace him from the fron and pull the lead-out sprint for him on the approach to the top of the hill?

I seem to have pressed the "reply with quote button" on the wrong post there - it was meant to quote the following from TOK...

We will have to elect a lung picker upper and grit plucker though!

I'll volunteer for this - so I can laugh at FB in distress every inch of the way! :demon: ;)

Then it makes much more sense when I say "Shouldn't you pace him from the front and pull the lead-out sprint for him on the approach to the top of the hill?"
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 14, 2009, 11:14:44 am
Assuming the next ride takes place on Friday 27th (hope it does) I have unwittingly organised a  Hair of the Dog Ride (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=16468.0) the day after.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 14, 2009, 07:17:15 pm
Assuming the next ride takes place on Friday 27th (hope it does) I have unwittingly organised a  Hair of the Dog Ride (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=16468.0) the day after.
A wise decision as I'm sure the good people of Mill Green have yet to hear you sing. I shall be attending the Viper as it is a very good venue.

Wow seems to have himself on the FNRttS.  ???
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 14, 2009, 07:23:00 pm

Assuming the next ride takes place on Friday 27th (hope it does) I have unwittingly organised a  Hair of the Dog Ride (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=16468.0) the day after.
A wise decision as I'm sure the good people of Mill Green have yet to hear you sing. I shall be attending the Viper as it is a very good venue.

Wow seems to have himself on the FNRttS.  ???

Shall I expand my repertoire?  I know one or two hymns.  Perhaps we could offer the good people of Mill Green moral salvation?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 14, 2009, 07:40:20 pm
Shall I expand my repertoire?  I know one or two hymns.  Perhaps we could offer the good people of Mill Green moral salvation?
Only if we can't get to the bar should you start singing!  :P That'll clear the place out and we'll have it to ourselves.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 15, 2009, 08:54:45 am
Shall I expand my repertoire?  I know one or two hymns.  Perhaps we could offer the good people of Mill Green moral salvation?
Only if we can't get to the bar should you start singing!  :P That'll clear the place out and we'll have it to ourselves.  :thumbsup:

Harsh with only the merest hint of fairness.  I will have you know I have sung live at the Albert Hall with Rolf Harris (no, really I have - honest, I'm not making it up)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on March 23, 2009, 09:51:53 am
Can someone remind where this Friday's booze up is?

Ta.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 23, 2009, 10:30:55 am
Can someone remind where this Friday's booze up is?
Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=51.639568,0.676658&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=20&sll=51.639608,0.676826&sspn=0.00043,0.001121&ie=UTF8&ll=51.63805,0.680294&spn=0.05508,0.143509&z=13). The Anchor, North Fambridge, unless things have changed.

Edit: It's not the Anchor, that was a pub in South Fambridge, now demolished. The Ferry Boat N. Fambridge.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 23, 2009, 11:31:10 am
Can someone remind where this Friday's booze up is?
Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=51.639568,0.676658&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=20&sll=51.639608,0.676826&sspn=0.00043,0.001121&ie=UTF8&ll=51.63805,0.680294&spn=0.05508,0.143509&z=13). The Anchor, North Fambridge, unless things have changed.

Edit: It's not the Anchor, that was a pub in South Fambridge, now demolished. The Ferry Boat N. Fambridge.

I need to ensure I am fully prepared in both mind and body. Therefore, may enquire whether we are we just hitting the one pub this time or is it another 6 pub extravaganza?  I feel that the 6 pub plan was cruelly hidden from me last time.   ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 23, 2009, 12:29:01 pm
Can someone remind where this Friday's booze up is?
Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=51.639568,0.676658&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=20&sll=51.639608,0.676826&sspn=0.00043,0.001121&ie=UTF8&ll=51.63805,0.680294&spn=0.05508,0.143509&z=13). The Anchor, North Fambridge, unless things have changed.

Edit: It's not the Anchor, that was a pub in South Fambridge, now demolished. The Ferry Boat N. Fambridge.

I need to ensure I am fully prepared in both mind and body. Therefore, may enquire whether we are we just hitting the one pub this time or is it another 6 pub extravaganza?  I feel that the 6 pub plan was cruelly hidden from me last time.   ;D

Could do more than one if you want. Last time I went through, the Norton in Cold Norton was closed. I may be having a pub lunch in East Hanningfield on Friday and may therefore be riding around for a bit before we meet. This is to be confirmed.

And indeed the 6-pub plan was neither cruel nor hidden. It was advertised in advance and you clearly enjoyed yourself like a newt.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 23, 2009, 01:06:28 pm
Can someone remind where this Friday's booze up is?
Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=51.639568,0.676658&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=20&sll=51.639608,0.676826&sspn=0.00043,0.001121&ie=UTF8&ll=51.63805,0.680294&spn=0.05508,0.143509&z=13). The Anchor, North Fambridge, unless things have changed.

Edit: It's not the Anchor, that was a pub in South Fambridge, now demolished. The Ferry Boat N. Fambridge.

I need to ensure I am fully prepared in both mind and body. Therefore, may enquire whether we are we just hitting the one pub this time or is it another 6 pub extravaganza?  I feel that the 6 pub plan was cruelly hidden from me last time.   ;D

And indeed the 6-pub plan was neither cruel nor hidden. It was advertised in advance and you clearly enjoyed yourself like a newt.

 ;D  I blame my Quaker upbringing!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on March 23, 2009, 04:12:49 pm
Mmmm.... Hopefully I'll be able to make it. I really don't know the roads in that wrong part of the county, so the beer radar won't work!

All depends on what time I can leave work....
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 23, 2009, 04:22:00 pm
Can someone remind where this Friday's booze up is?
Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=51.639568,0.676658&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=20&sll=51.639608,0.676826&sspn=0.00043,0.001121&ie=UTF8&ll=51.63805,0.680294&spn=0.05508,0.143509&z=13). The Anchor, North Fambridge, unless things have changed.

Edit: It's not the Anchor, that was a pub in South Fambridge, now demolished. The Ferry Boat N. Fambridge.

I need to ensure I am fully prepared in both mind and body. Therefore, may enquire whether we are we just hitting the one pub this time or is it another 6 pub extravaganza?  I feel that the 6 pub plan was cruelly hidden from me last time.   ;D

Could do more than one if you want. Last time I went through, the Norton in Cold Norton was closed. I may be having a pub lunch in East Hanningfield on Friday and may therefore be riding around for a bit before we meet. This is to be confirmed.

And indeed the 6-pub plan was neither cruel nor hidden. It was advertised in advance and you clearly enjoyed yourself like a newt.

If I remember your proposed route from Battlesbridge to N. Fambridge, it goes right past or very close to a CAMRA Good Beer Guide (at least in 2008, I don't have the 2009 one yet) pub, The Prince of Wales (http://www.prince-stowmaries.net/) at Stow Maries.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 23, 2009, 04:23:48 pm
Mmmm.... Hopefully I'll be able to make it. I really don't know the roads in that wrong part of the county, so the beer radar won't work!

All depends on what time I can leave work....

You need one of those SPG (or it it PSG, or perhaps GPS?) thingies.  I've got one.  It has turned me from a complete navigational forkwit to a cyclist that is more than likely certain to turn up at his intended destination but not necessarily by the route that he intended.  That's significant progress.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 23, 2009, 08:27:30 pm
It being Dez's birthday, we are having a pub lunch at the East Hanningfield Windmill, which has recently changed hands and I understand is doing a very good 2-course lunch for about £8. We will go to this by car as we will have to get there by 2, I'm working till 1 and we'll have Aunty Phyllis with us.

I may put my bike on the back of the car and spend a few hours pootling around mid-Essex between about 4 p.m. and the off. The weather forecast will have a lot to do with that.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: TimC on March 23, 2009, 09:01:09 pm
There is a possibility, if I can get back from Japan in time, that V and I could make this if we can get accommodation at the pub. Timings are fairly crucial due work fo both of us, but what time is the meet at Battlesbridge, and, OD, what time are you leaving Witham? We could possibly train it to you from Bures....
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 23, 2009, 09:34:26 pm
In the interests of research, I've just read the whole of this thread and I can find no reference to either a meeting time or a meeting place.

Are we intending to try a few pubs on our way to the Ferry Boat, or all meet at the Ferry Boat?

We could do this: Bicycle Path - epnr0309 at Bikely.com (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/epnr0309) meeting at the start at 7.30. :demon:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 23, 2009, 09:46:43 pm

Tim, not sure when I'm leaving Witham. That nice Mr Oakden and I are riding down together and he is working out when he can leave. Meeting up with the rest of the gang at 7.30 to 8pm seems reasonable.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 23, 2009, 09:56:44 pm
Do we have a seconder for my proposal of:-

Hurdlemakers (7.30)
Fox & Hounds (8.00)
The Bell (8.30)
Round Bush (9.00)
Ferry Boat (9.30)?

8.3 miles, 5 pubs, train back?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 23, 2009, 09:59:28 pm
Do we have a seconder for my proposal of:-

Hurdlemakers (7.30)
Fox & Hounds (8.00)
The Bell (8.30)
Round Bush (9.00)
Ferry Boat (9.30)?

8.3 miles, 5 pubs, train back?

Good plan. I will attempt to ride home.  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 23, 2009, 10:35:58 pm
Do we have a seconder for my proposal of:-

Hurdlemakers (7.30)
Fox & Hounds (8.00)
The Bell (8.30)
Round Bush (9.00)
Ferry Boat (9.30)?

8.3 miles, 5 pubs, train back?

Looks good to me - I've been meaning to try the Hurdlemakers for a while.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on March 23, 2009, 11:16:48 pm
The torsional force on my arm is really quiet something  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2009, 07:06:22 am
The torsional force on my arm is really quiet something  :P

No pain, no gain!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 24, 2009, 08:18:30 am
I hope to join in somewhere along the route. (family health issues.)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 24, 2009, 11:30:43 am
Do we have a seconder for my proposal of:-

Hurdlemakers (7.30)
Fox & Hounds (8.00)
The Bell (8.30)
Round Bush (9.00)
Ferry Boat (9.30)?

8.3 miles, 5 pubs, train back?

Good plan. I will attempt to ride home.  ;D

Hi OD,

I reserve judgement on riding back home, but how about this (out and back route) (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Woodham-Mortimer-loop) for the route out from Witham to/from the Hurdlemakers?

I've mostly based it on a training loop I do fairly often, so I know most of the route pretty well (outbound as far as the A414, and the return from Woodham Walter). DISCLAIMER: Whilst this may sound like an offer to navigate, it in no way constitutes any acceptance of liability for getting lost, nor does it imply any warranty of surface quality, not-being-underwater-ness, quietness traffic-wise or even existence of the roads involved.  Contents may have settled in transit.  Route was constructed in an area where nuts are handled.(Was the last bit TMI?)

It's 10 miles out and just under 8 miles back.

I've routed it via


I've avoided North Hill on the way back since I don't trust myself to descend it with beers on board.  I've avoided the A414 stretch on the way back for similar reasons.  I hope that "Tom Tit Lane" on the return leg isn't rhyming slang.  The route also takes us past the international headquarters of "Worms Direct (http://www.wormsdirectuk.co.uk)", just in case.

There are a few options on the outbound route through hatfield Pev./Nounsley, depending if you feel like tackling a ford or not (route as posted avoids it).

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 24, 2009, 11:57:08 am
Fortunately Tom Tit Lane isn't rhyming slang.  ;) Narrow and bendy but quiet.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 24, 2009, 03:23:54 pm
... Narrow and bendy but quiet.

from previous accounts I've read on this esteemed forum, I assumed that might be describing OD after 6 pubs, until I read as far as the "quiet" part.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: TimC on March 24, 2009, 06:37:02 pm

Tim, not sure when I'm leaving Witham. That nice Mr Oakden and I are riding down together and he is working out when he can leave. Meeting up with the rest of the gang at 7.30 to 8pm seems reasonable.

Just working out a provisional plan - we could get the train from Bures to Witham, arriving around 1900, ride with you down to the Hurdlemakers and on to the Ferry Boat. Then stay overnight and ride home in the morning - there are no trains on Saturday.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 25, 2009, 11:26:29 am
Do we have a seconder for my proposal of:-

Hurdlemakers (7.30)
Fox & Hounds (8.00)
The Bell (8.30)
Round Bush (9.00)
Ferry Boat (9.30)?

8.3 miles, 5 pubs, train back?

Good plan. I will attempt to ride home.  ;D

Hi OD,

I reserve judgement on riding back home, but how about this (out and back route) (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Woodham-Mortimer-loop) for the route out from Witham to/from the Hurdlemakers?

I've mostly based it on a training loop I do fairly often, so I know most of the route pretty well (outbound as far as the A414, and the return from Woodham Walter). DISCLAIMER: Whilst this may sound like an offer to navigate, it in no way constitutes any acceptance of liability for getting lost, nor does it imply any warranty of surface quality, not-being-underwater-ness, quietness traffic-wise or even existence of the roads involved.  Contents may have settled in transit.  Route was constructed in an area where nuts are handled.(Was the last bit TMI?)

It's 10 miles out and just under 8 miles back.

I've routed it via

  • the 750 yards (?) of sustrans path from Constance Close, since that'll be near to your mind today ;)
  • North Hill (characterthirst building)
  • a short stretch of the A414, which should be OK that time of night

I've avoided North Hill on the way back since I don't trust myself to descend it with beers on board.  I've avoided the A414 stretch on the way back for similar reasons.  I hope that "Tom Tit Lane" on the return leg isn't rhyming slang.  The route also takes us past the international headquarters of "Worms Direct (http://www.wormsdirectuk.co.uk)", just in case.

There are a few options on the outbound route through hatfield Pev./Nounsley, depending if you feel like tackling a ford or not (route as posted avoids it).

Cheers,
Mark

Greetings chap.  That all looks fine with me.  I will bring along Gertie the Garmin.  I will load the Hurdlemakers and home so it can auto route to get us to the first pub and then home afterwards should we need help cos we're a bit "confused".

[Edit] just spotted the post from TimC.  the plan now seems: they come round to mine at about 7pm , we swing by yours, we then follow you  ;D  PM me your address. The likelihood is that we will be at the Hurdlemakers a bit after 7:30.  I can think of worse places to be marooned so I assume the rest of the gang will wait for us.

I shall be riding Son of Oscar, me new bike what I built.  This will be his maiden voyage.  Please can you cycle behind me with a dust pan and brush to sweep up bits as they fall off?  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 25, 2009, 11:29:10 am

Tim, not sure when I'm leaving Witham. That nice Mr Oakden and I are riding down together and he is working out when he can leave. Meeting up with the rest of the gang at 7.30 to 8pm seems reasonable.

Just working out a provisional plan - we could get the train from Bures to Witham, arriving around 1900, ride with you down to the Hurdlemakers and on to the Ferry Boat. Then stay overnight and ride home in the morning - there are no trains on Saturday.

OK, sounds like a plan.  Do you want to come round to our house?  I will PM my address if you do.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 25, 2009, 11:34:14 am
... Narrow and bendy but quiet.

from previous accounts I've read on this esteemed forum, I assumed that might be describing OD after 6 pubs, until I read as far as the "quiet" part.

Git  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 25, 2009, 11:34:26 am

Tim, not sure when I'm leaving Witham. That nice Mr Oakden and I are riding down together and he is working out when he can leave. Meeting up with the rest of the gang at 7.30 to 8pm seems reasonable.

Just working out a provisional plan - we could get the train from Bures to Witham, arriving around 1900, ride with you down to the Hurdlemakers and on to the Ferry Boat. Then stay overnight and ride home in the morning - there are no trains on Saturday.

OK, sounds like a plan.  Do you want to come round to our house?  I will PM my address if you do.

Sounds good to me too - I'm happy to rendezvous either at Witham station, at OD's place or at mine.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 25, 2009, 12:09:19 pm
Do we have a seconder for my proposal of:-

Hurdlemakers (7.30)
Fox & Hounds (8.00)
The Bell (8.30)
Round Bush (9.00)
Ferry Boat (9.30)?

8.3 miles, 5 pubs, train back?

Good plan. I will attempt to ride home.  ;D

Hi OD,

I reserve judgement on riding back home, but how about this (out and back route) (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Woodham-Mortimer-loop) for the route out from Witham to/from the Hurdlemakers?

I've mostly based it on a training loop I do fairly often, so I know most of the route pretty well (outbound as far as the A414, and the return from Woodham Walter). DISCLAIMER: Whilst this may sound like an offer to navigate, it in no way constitutes any acceptance of liability for getting lost, nor does it imply any warranty of surface quality, not-being-underwater-ness, quietness traffic-wise or even existence of the roads involved.  Contents may have settled in transit.  Route was constructed in an area where nuts are handled.(Was the last bit TMI?)

It's 10 miles out and just under 8 miles back.

I've routed it via

  • the 750 yards (?) of sustrans path from Constance Close, since that'll be near to your mind today ;)
  • North Hill (characterthirst building)
  • a short stretch of the A414, which should be OK that time of night

I've avoided North Hill on the way back since I don't trust myself to descend it with beers on board.  I've avoided the A414 stretch on the way back for similar reasons.  I hope that "Tom Tit Lane" on the return leg isn't rhyming slang.  The route also takes us past the international headquarters of "Worms Direct (http://www.wormsdirectuk.co.uk)", just in case.

There are a few options on the outbound route through hatfield Pev./Nounsley, depending if you feel like tackling a ford or not (route as posted avoids it).

Cheers,
Mark

Greetings chap.  That all looks fine with me.  I will bring along Gertie the Garmin.  I will load the Hurdlemakers and home so it can auto route to get us to the first pub and then home afterwards should we need help cos we're a bit "confused".

[Edit] just spotted the post from TimC.  the plan now seems: they come round to mine at about 7pm , we swing by yours, we then follow you  ;D  PM me your address. The likelihood is that we will be at the Hurdlemakers a bit after 7:30.  I can think of worse places to be marooned so I assume the rest of the gang will wait for us.

I shall be riding Son of Oscar, me new bike what I built.  This will be his maiden voyage.  Please can you cycle behind me with a dust pan and brush to sweep up bits as they fall off?  ;D

Brilliant - sounds good - will PM my address to your good self and TimC.  It's possible that a friend from work will join us too.

Did you fit a kickstand to "Son of Oscar" yet?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 26, 2009, 10:32:49 am
I am sorry to say, but my participation in this ride is now in considerable doubt - some stuff has come up.  Once I know for sure I will let you know.  Bugger.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on March 26, 2009, 11:38:11 am
I'm going to pass this one up too. I don't think it's a good idea for me to go on a pub crawl - given my propensity to drink to excess - when I've been working towards putting in a respectable performance on a club time trail this weekend (my first, and also a big club event (http://www.eadt.co.uk/content/eadt/sport/general/story.aspx?brand=EADOnline&category=SportMisc&tBrand=EADOnline&tCategory=xDefault&itemid=IPED11%20Mar%202009%2011%3A05%3A44%3A270)).

Sorry guys - maybe next time!

[edit] ^^^I can hardly believe I wrote that!^^^ Maybe I'm growing up at last? ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 26, 2009, 01:33:39 pm
Unless the weather forecast turns a lot worse than it currently shows(*), then I'll still be riding over from Witham via the route upthread.

Cheers,
Mark

(*)  According to the metoffice site (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ee/maldon_forecast_weather.html) it'll be
1800  7°C WSW 16 mph
Night  4°C WSW 15 mph
with light rain showers
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 26, 2009, 01:37:15 pm
(*)  According to the metoffice site (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ee/maldon_forecast_weather.html) it'll be
1800  7°C WSW 16 mph
Night  4°C WSW 15 mph
with light rain showers
Metcheck is giving better weather, use that.
18:00   7 °c   0 °c   0   0.0 mm   90 %   [Wind from SW (219°)]    13 mph   16 mph   [Partly Cloudy]   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 26, 2009, 01:56:06 pm
I'm going to pass this one up too. I don't think it's a good idea for me to go on a pub crawl - given my propensity to drink to excess - when I've been working towards putting in a respectable performance on a club time trail this weekend (my first, and also a big club event (http://www.eadt.co.uk/content/eadt/sport/general/story.aspx?brand=EADOnline&category=SportMisc&tBrand=EADOnline&tCategory=xDefault&itemid=IPED11%20Mar%202009%2011%3A05%3A44%3A270)).

Sorry guys - maybe next time!

[edit] ^^^I can hardly believe I wrote that!^^^ Maybe I'm growing up at last? ;)
I'll quote it before he can change his mind.
All the pubs listed do soft drinks  :o. (sorry for using a swear word  :-[)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on March 26, 2009, 02:03:24 pm
It has never been known for me to be in the vicinity of a pub and not be tempted to have a beer. I'd like to say that I could just stick to soft drinks, but in all likelihood, it ain't going to happen. And then one beer would lead to another, etc. etc. - you know the story...
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 26, 2009, 02:07:39 pm
Mrs. Wow and I have converted to Islam and will now be riding our tandem to Mecca instead.

Actually, that's a lie and I'm intending to be at the Hurdlemakers for 7.30.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: TimC on March 26, 2009, 02:15:57 pm
I've just booked accommodation at the Ferry Boat, so V and I will be there somehow! Still thinking about the logistics; bear with me...
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 26, 2009, 02:20:06 pm
Mrs. Wow and I have converted to Islam and will now be riding our tandem to Mecca instead.

Actually, that's a lie and I'm intending to be at the Hurdlemakers for 7.30.
Going to bingo on her own now?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 26, 2009, 02:21:00 pm
I've just booked accommodation at the Ferry Boat, so V and I will be there somehow! Still thinking about the logistics; bear with me...

You'll have a bear with you?   :o
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 26, 2009, 02:22:59 pm
You'll have a bear with you?   :o
That'll work out OK. Mrs. Wow is at bingo so the bear can stoke.  :thumbsup:

edit: I'm sure you wouldn't mind riding with a bear behind.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: TimC on March 26, 2009, 02:23:12 pm
You may call her that; I wouldn't dare! ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 26, 2009, 02:25:35 pm
You may call her that; I wouldn't dare! ;D

But that seems to imply that I have your permission... ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 26, 2009, 02:26:34 pm
You may call her that; I wouldn't dare! ;D
If I turn up may I call her That or should I stick with Mrs. C until we know each other better?
See we do have etiquette on the pub nights.  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: TimC on March 26, 2009, 02:59:59 pm
She is unaware of this conversation, so the reaction might be, um, unpredictable! Don't worry, she's not very scary at all. Honest.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 26, 2009, 03:04:21 pm
She is unaware of this conversation, so the reaction might be, um, unpredictable! Don't worry, she's not very scary at all. Honest.
So is That a Thai mail order bride? Best let us know now so we don't look shocked when we meet her.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 26, 2009, 03:17:55 pm
TimC - please ask your undoubtedly lovely lady to be gentle with Del when he makes some Thai bride smart arsed remark.  He is such a smashing chap and takes good photos.  We need him in one piece so he can continue his duties as team snapper.

Everyone - I will not be joining you tomorrow night.  I am not a happy chappie.  Whilst trying to get into London by train last Saturday the bus I was travelling on  ::-) >:( ::-) drove past The Hoop in Stock.  It looked very good and I wondered if it could be the target for a subsequent ride.  Anyone been there?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 26, 2009, 03:36:02 pm
TimC - please ask your undoubtedly lovely lady to be gentle with Del when he makes some Thai bride smart arsed remark.  He is such a smashing chap and takes good photos.  We need him in one piece so he can continue his duties as team snapper.

Everyone - I will not be joining you tomorrow night.  I am not a happy chappie.  Whilst trying to get into London by train last Saturday the bus I was travelling on  ::-) >:( ::-) drove past The Hoop in Stock.  It looked very good and I wondered if it could be the target for a subsequent ride.  Anyone been there?

Yes. Fatters and I were there last Friday. It does good beer. The Adnams was very good, and Fatters even commented on how fine the Stella was. I didn't think Stella ever changed.

There are several pubs in Stock. There are also some Compasses in West Hanningfield and if we really wanted to finish with a curry one night we could go to the De Beauvoir Arms (known to locals as "The Beavers") in Downham, which is now an Indian restaurant.

So you are about to organise another ride which you are not going to attend! :thumbsup:

Downham is a short ride (2 miles or so) from Wickford station and only about 9 miles from Chelmsford. The ride to Wickford has a great advantage in that there is a spectacular downhill allowing speeds of up to 40mph to be achieved.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 26, 2009, 03:43:51 pm
So you are about to organise another ride which you are not going to attend! :thumbsup:

You're not funny  >:(  ;D

I don't mind organising the next ride.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 26, 2009, 03:52:08 pm
Pubs in or near Stock:

The Ship
The White Hart, Margaretting Tye
The Compasses, W. Hanningfield
The Cock
The Hoop
The Bear
The Baker's Arms

Ramsden Heath also boasts the Nag's Head, the White Horse and the Fox & Hounds (more Ramsden Bellhouse) and Downham the Beavers (see above).

Of these, I think that White Hart Inn, Margaretting Tye, Essex, CM4 9JX -  pub details # beerintheevening.com (http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/68/6847/White_Hart_Inn/Margaretting_Tye) gets the highest rating. Its disadvantage is that it is a grinding slog back up the hill into Stock.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 27, 2009, 10:18:20 am
Unless the weather forecast turns a lot worse than it currently shows(*), then I'll still be riding over from Witham via the route upthread.

Cheers,
Mark

(*)  According to the metoffice site (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ee/maldon_forecast_weather.html) it'll be
1800  7°C WSW 16 mph
Night  4°C WSW 15 mph
with light rain showers

Yay!  The met. office are getting more optimistic about tonight's weather

1800  6°C WSW 10 mph
2100  4°C WSW 9 mph

- a tad less wind and no rain showers indicated any more  ;D

Is anybody else planning to ride out from Witham?  If it's just me I might be tempted to set off a little bit earlier (6:45ish) to try and make it to the Hurdlemaker's by 7:30pm, but if others are coming I don't mind hanging on until all have assembled (I'll probably be on my commute bike since it's less twitchy than my road bike and hence less likely to throw me off on the way home, so I won't be breaking any records going up North Hill tonight, not that there's any danger of that. even on the other bike)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: TimC on March 27, 2009, 10:19:34 am
OK, plot for tonight. V will be later back from school (steady, Del....) than is ideal, and tomorrow morning is, a) tight for time and, b) 'kin windy and probably wet. So we will be taking t'motor from home to the Ferry Boat, then cycling to the Hurdlemaker's for 7:30 to join the pootle (un)steadily back to the Ferry Boat where we will consume a nightcap or three before retiring to the AA-Five-Thingy-Rated luxury accommodation for the night. Then drive back in the morning. I know, it's pathetic but there you go. We ride for fun!

Is food part of the plan, or should we eat before riding?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: TimC on March 27, 2009, 10:22:11 am
Yay!  The met. office are getting more optimistic about tonight's weather

1800  6°C WSW 10 mph
2100  4°C WSW 9 mph

- a tad less wind and no rain showers indicated any more  ;D

That's good news - a useful tail component as it gets colder. Still need to insulate well, however - I'll be using Stella insulation, I feel.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 27, 2009, 10:38:46 am
Greetings all, still unhappy cyclist reporting in. 

My cycling plans for this weekend were originally very exciting i.e. two pub rides on consecutive days.  Now I'm not doing any  :'(  Events have conspired against me - such is life.

My problem is that I have a brand new bike (well the frame is new, as are some of the bits  scroll halfway down this page for details if you're interested (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17.1275)) sat in the garage itching to get out on the road.  Therefore, I wanted to give everyone a heads up that I am hoping to do an EMERGENCY Essex pub ride next Friday.  Now, I don't want anyone getting too excited, my record for proposing a plan then backing out is not good at the moment.  If it's going to happen I'll be back on here sometime next week.  Hopefully some of you lot will be able to come as well.  But, if I have to go by myself then so be it - I just need to get out!  I don't have an idea of which pubs, I will work that out next week.

Have fun tonight, I will be thinking of you.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 27, 2009, 11:01:20 am
Getting to the Hurdlemakers is becoming a possibility now.

OD, shame you can't make it  :(. When it comes to picture taking I'll try to get a space between two others and then we can draw you in at a later date.  :thumbsup:

TimC, I hope you don't think I'm being rude about Mrs. C.  :o Ordinarily I have to meet them first and even then it takes at least ten minutes for me to be rude about someone. Just ask the fat hairy bloke.  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: TimC on March 27, 2009, 11:06:03 am

TimC, I hope you don't think I'm being rude about Mrs. C.  :o Ordinarily I have to meet them first and even then it takes at least ten minutes for me to be rude about someone. Just ask the fat hairy bloke.  :P

No worries, Del - I can cope! Mrs C is a pussycat, as you'll discover.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on March 27, 2009, 11:11:52 am
OD, I should be delighted be able to attend your EMERGENCY EFNRttP next week, and as I don't have any time trials or such like on next weekend, I will be back to drinking like a trooper! ;) April WARTY the day after isn't it?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 27, 2009, 11:25:37 am
OD, I should be delighted be able to attend your EMERGENCY EFNRttP next week, and as I don't have any time trials or such like on next weekend, I will be back to drinking like a trooper! ;) April WARTY the day after isn't it?

Smashing.  Watch this space as they say.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on March 27, 2009, 03:32:28 pm
I'm now unlikely to make this fine event. I cannot even begin to describe how weally busy I am. I'll either get home too late to make the ride, or I'll be so fed up when I do eventually get home that only cheap lager from the local shop will lighten my mood.

I should be up for The Viper run tomorrow though  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 27, 2009, 03:51:02 pm
Shame you can't make it bobb, TOKaMaK and OD  :(
See (some of) you at the Viper and maybe the E-EFNRttP?

TimC, probably a good idea to have some food prior to departing for the Hurdlemakers.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on March 27, 2009, 04:03:26 pm
Have fun riders! I may get out tomorrow for a flying Viper visit on my shiny new bike, weather permitting. Otherwise E-EFNRttP is a goer for next week.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on March 27, 2009, 04:22:48 pm
I cannot even begin to describe how weally busy I am.

(http://nigelparry.com/enginefiles/uploads/kin-jong-il.jpg)
"Do you have any idea how f*cking busy I am? "  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on March 27, 2009, 04:34:13 pm
Owwwwww NOOOO!!!! Alec fucking Baldwin!?

He isn't as busy as me  :P

He's half dead for a start  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 28, 2009, 12:43:03 am
I'm just back in from this.

I arrived, a little later than planned, at the Hurdlemakers (combination of setting off late and having to go back home when I realised i forgot my pump) to find wowbagger rebuilding his rear wheel in the company of delthebike.

A very pleasant evening, mostly in the company of wowbagger and delthebike, although we did meet up with TimC and V at the Fox and Hounds.  From there, we made straight for the Ferry Boat, owing to V being seriously under the weather.

Did a total of 33.99 miles (if only I'd looked at the mileage late on I'd have weaved a bit more across the road on the last stretch ;)).

No shepherding home was necessary, and no Laurel and Hardy songs were sung.  I didn't even get lost on the way back to Witham.

I did, however, manage to set fire to my glove.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 28, 2009, 12:51:33 am
Well, that was all a bit strange. I had communicated with Del to find out his plan, but he was leaving later than I felt comfortable with so I told him I'd leave earlier than that.

I headed out giving myself plenty of time to reach the first pub, but issues with my rear wheel (I hadn't done the spokes up tightly enough) demanded that I stop and do a bit of impromptu wheelbuilding. It was cold, I could have done with an extra layer and as I rode through mostly deserted lanes I watched a rainstorm sweep in front of and away from me.

I arrived at the Hurdlemakers to be greeted by Del who had actually followed precisely the same route as I had but had left even earlier then me! Mark turned up just as I was truing the wheel again but there was no sign of Tim or V. We had a quick drink, met some chaps who were planning a London to Paris charity ride, Mark set fire to his glove and we left for the Fox & Hounds. Tm & V were there, but poor V was looking decidedly under the weather and was shivering. We decided to head straight for the Ferry Boat and when we got there Tim & V, who had booked a room for the night, headed back home again V was feeling so rough. GWS, M'Dear!

Del, Mark and I then sat drinking uninspiring Greene King beer (it claimed to be Morland Original, but it tasted of Bury St.Edmunds) and ate nuts and crisps. I decided to get the train back and after some fiction from the overhead monitor it arrived to time. No guard came to sell me a ticket, which is the normal procedure on that track or so I believe, but a change of mind on my part and I alighted at Battlesbridge and took the shortest route home. Just as I  was in the last half mile, Del appeared, having ridden at least 6 miles more than I had.

This has the potential to be a really good ride but tonight circumstances conspired against us.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 28, 2009, 07:50:21 am
I was back in at 0030 and thought about posting but I had to get up at silly o'clock to take the dog out for his walkies.
Wow sent a text asking what time I'd leave and I said 1800ish. In the end I left at 20 minutes to thinking I'd catch him up somewhere along the way. Ho hum! The roads were wet and it was fairly chilly. The sun had just set and you could see the rain falling from a cloud front that I was following in my quest for beer.
I rolled up, without incident, at the Hurdlemakers at 1915ish and had a text chat with Oscars Dad. He sent a pic, which my fone cant use, and I had to ask what it was. He said that it was his new bike hanging up in the garage. The only answer to that was ha ha ha  ;D. Wow turned up 1945ish, got a drink, had a sip and disappeared to fix his wheel. I thought he wanted a snack but it was the wrong kind of Pringle.  ::-) Mark rolled up about 1955ish and complaining of cold hands experimented with fire. Unfortunately it didn't work and probably made things worse. Still a bit of glue and thread should do the trick. And doesn't a burnt Gore Windstopper glove  match so well with Rapha.  ;)
No sign of TimC and V (who isn't the Thai mail order bride I was led to believe  ::-) ) so we decided to head to the next pub, the Fox and Hounds at Cock Clarks, and do a ride by to see if there were any bikes there. There was and lo 'twas TimC and a not very well V. A quick drink and it was agreed to go straight to the last pub so V could get to bed. Nothing worthy of note happened on the way except that the decline down to North Fambridge is damn fast, 30mph without trying is good! The only drawback is the T juntion at the end of it, which this time had a single vehicle so we had to brake for it. At the pub it was clear that V wasn't any better and they elected to go home. GWS V  :-*.
(http://www.delthebike.ukfsn.org/epnr0903/inpub.jpg)
A pint or two and we parted to go our separate ways.
Pictures are here, Clicky (http://www.delthebike.ukfsn.org/epnr0903/index.php).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 28, 2009, 08:54:14 am
I feel that I must apologise to all EFNRttPers for the lack of pickled eggs during last nights meet  :o  :-[. I don't think that eggs, pickled or not, ever got a mention.  :'(
So on behalf of EFNRttP riders past and future I am sorry.  :-*
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 28, 2009, 09:01:14 am

Oh dear, despite everyone's best efforts some plans are just destined to go wrong! 

Get well soon V, had someone offered you a pickled egg you'd have been right as rain in no time.

Fingers crossed for the EMERGENCY ride, looking good at this stage.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 28, 2009, 09:08:12 am
I feel that I must apologise to all EFNRttPers for the lack of pickled eggs during last nights meet  :o  :-[. I don't think that eggs, pickled or not, ever got a mention.  :'(
So on behalf of EFNRttP riders past and future I am sorry.  :-*

When I asked the barmaid about food, in the Ferry Boat, I actually thought about pickled eggs. Does that count? I quickly scanned the shelves, saw none, breathed a sigh of relief and opted for nuts & crisps.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 28, 2009, 09:19:02 am
When I asked the barmaid about food, in the Ferry Boat, I actually thought about pickled eggs. Does that count?
I very much doubt it.
Still the night wasn't a total loss. Five of us got to take our bikes out and not just look longingly at them as they hang in the garage.  ::-)


edit: picasa (http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/delthebike/Epnr0903#) pics now up.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 28, 2009, 09:28:09 am
Indeed. When I was riding along just before the Flambirds Farm track, I caught sight of the moon: the tiniest sliver of silver just before it disappeared behind a cloud. And a little later, almost had a spectacular "off" as, instead of looking where I was going, I tried to identify the owner of the eyes which stared back at the combination of Solidlights and Hope Vision. My front wheel came close to falling into a crevasse.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 28, 2009, 10:11:04 am
...
Mark rolled up about 1955ish and complaining of cold hands experimented with fire.


Hmm .. there goes my chance to claim that it spontaneously combusted on account of the speed I rode up North Hill  ;D

Quote
Unfortunately it didn't work and probably made things worse. Still a bit of glue and thread should do the trick. And doesn't a burnt Gore Windstopper glove  match so well with Rapha.  ;)
...
:P
It's all the rage now, I'll have you know.  I believe Rapha will be bringing out a pre-burnt, messenger-cred version of the glove next season.  A snip at a mere £69.99 a pair.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 28, 2009, 11:57:52 am


Still the night wasn't a total loss. Five of us got to take our bikes out and not just look longingly at them as they hang in the garage.  ::-)


edit: picasa (http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/delthebike/Epnr0903#) pics now up.

Stop rubbing it in you git.  I think the item on the top of the agenda for the next ride should be how to get Del a mail order Thai bride.  He's clearly got a bit of a thing about them. 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 28, 2009, 01:09:05 pm
Stop rubbing it in you git.  I think the item on the top of the agenda for the next ride should be how to get Del a mail order Thai bride.  He's clearly got a bit of a thing about them. 
I would like a small eastern woman, nothing wrong with that  ::-). Having a bike hanging in the garage and not riding it is just weird!   :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 28, 2009, 01:39:16 pm
Stop rubbing it in you git.  I think the item on the top of the agenda for the next ride should be how to get Del a mail order Thai bride.  He's clearly got a bit of a thing about them. 
I would like a small eastern woman, nothing wrong with that  ::-). Having a bike hanging in the garage and not riding it is just weird!   :P

It wasn't from choice.  Right now I am helping install decking in our garden.  Chances of riding me new bike this weekend are nil  >:(
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 28, 2009, 01:45:10 pm
It wasn't from choice.  Right now I am helping install decking in our garden.  Chances of riding me new bike this weekend are nil  >:(
It's a shame you back on to a cul de sac. We could have ridden by larfin' and pointin'. Then made good our escape. ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: rogerzilla on March 28, 2009, 01:45:45 pm
Decking?  Isn't that a bit like shag pile carpet these days?  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 28, 2009, 01:49:37 pm
None of you are helping.  You can all fcuk off.  I'm not having fun.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 28, 2009, 01:59:21 pm
Stop rubbing it in you git.  I think the item on the top of the agenda for the next ride should be how to get Del a mail order Thai bride.  He's clearly got a bit of a thing about them. 
I would like a small eastern woman, nothing wrong with that  ::-). Having a bike hanging in the garage and not riding it is just weird!   :P

It wasn't from choice.  Right now I am helping install decking in our garden.  Chances of riding me new bike this weekend are nil  >:(

Maybe you could make one of these from the off-cuts

(http://www.sustrans.org.uk/assets/images/arts/didcot/new/NEW-briza.jpg)

Then Son of Oscar can enjoy the deck with you instead of skulking in the garage ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 28, 2009, 02:09:04 pm
Nice idea Mark.  Such design decisions seem some way off.  At the moment we are battling the rain whilst trying to bang metal posts into ground full of bricks.   We have had to hire a drilly thing. 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: TimC on March 29, 2009, 04:28:15 am
Thanks for the good wishes, all. V was not at all well, and much preferred to be in her own bed which was not all that far away, so that seemed the best course of action to me. She is better today, but far from 100%. I hope we'll be able to join another ride with you all sometime soon.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 30, 2009, 04:39:04 pm
Right then, whilst I still don't want anyone getting too excited (I am hoping to under promise and over deliver - for once) I believe we are safe to move to the next stage of planning the EMERGENCY Essex Pub Night Ride.  The next stage being picking a destination.

I believe simplicity is the key so propose a single pub as opposed to a multi-pub extravaganza.  My nominations would be: The Viper, The Hoop (Stock) or perhaps The Chequers (Goldhanger).  The last option might be too close to me and too far way for others.

Does anyone have other suggestions?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on March 31, 2009, 10:32:54 am
I fully endorse the Viper.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 31, 2009, 10:40:45 am
I'd love to join for this but I think I'll go all "TOKaMaK" on you and decline on the grounds of being off the beer in preparation for an event.

Have a good one though (all of those who go along, since obviously OD will decide to wash his hair/cat/decking that night after all).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 31, 2009, 04:58:55 pm
I fully endorse the Viper.

I could cope with The Viper. 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on March 31, 2009, 05:09:53 pm
Devise your route then, and I'll join you somewhere near Chelmsford for the run to the pub!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 31, 2009, 05:20:37 pm
Devise your route then, and I'll join you somewhere near Chelmsford for the run to the pub!

My plan: leave home about 1730 - 1800, Danbury via North Hill, East, West and South Hanningfield, under the reservour, Stock, Ingatestone, The Viper.  About 26 miles according to my mapping software
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on April 01, 2009, 09:32:35 am
As I work in Braintree I could just as well ride over to Witham after work and join you from the start, OD. Otherwise if I go from home I'd use a more direct route (for me) through Chelmsford and Writtle.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 01, 2009, 09:50:40 am
As I work in Braintree I could just as well ride over to Witham after work and join you from the start, OD. Otherwise if I go from home I'd use a more direct route (for me) through Chelmsford and Writtle.

Cool, what time could you get to my gaff?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on April 01, 2009, 09:56:35 am
I could comfortably get there for 17:30.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 01, 2009, 10:32:58 am
I could comfortably get there for 17:30.

How about you get yourself to mine as soon as you can, we offer you a swift bowl of pasta and we hit the road about 6pm ish?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on April 01, 2009, 10:38:50 am
That sounds rather good. Pickled egg pasta?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 01, 2009, 06:52:30 pm
Pickled egg pasta?

Good idea, hadn't thought of that.  You'd better be a member of The Clean Plate Club (my mother's evil invention when I was a kid) after suggesting it   ;D

Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 02, 2009, 07:13:24 pm
The EMERGENCY ride (barring accidents) is ON

TOKaMaK is popping round here and we are setting off together.  Anyone else coming along?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 02, 2009, 07:16:51 pm
The EMERGENCY ride (barring accidents) is ON
Heard that before!  ::-)

I might be at the Viper for a short visit, very short as I'm up early for the WARTY.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on April 02, 2009, 07:18:25 pm
The EMERGENCY ride (barring accidents) is ON




A pig has just flown past my window....  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 02, 2009, 07:20:37 pm
A pig has just flown past my window....  ;)
It had bells on it too.
I reckon he'll drive to the Viper and show pictures of his bike hanging up in the garage or standing on the new decking.  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 02, 2009, 07:21:01 pm
The EMERGENCY ride (barring accidents) is ON




A pig has just flown past my window....  ;)

Fear not, barring accidents (touches wood), I shall be riding tomorrow night.  Son of Oscar is ready to go on his first proper ride  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 02, 2009, 07:23:14 pm
A pig has just flown past my window....  ;)
It had bells on it too.
I reckon he'll drive to the Viper and show pictures of his bike hanging up in the garage or standing on the new decking.  ;)

Git   ;D  You'd better get your ass there to see fair play then hadn't you!!!

The decking isn't finished yet but is looking good.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 02, 2009, 07:27:44 pm
Git   ;D  You'd better get your ass there to see fair play then hadn't you!!!
If I can't be there I'll trust TOKaMaK to point and larf.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 02, 2009, 07:30:39 pm
Git   ;D  You'd better get your ass there to see fair play then hadn't you!!!
If I can't be there I'll trust TOKaMaK to point and larf.  :thumbsup:

That's extremely considerate of you.  I would expect nothing less
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 03, 2009, 09:28:44 am
For all those doubters out there here is proof that Son of Oscar is on the launch pad ready for tonight ...

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

Can't wait  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on April 03, 2009, 09:31:30 am
I see you PHD* is already fitted but I can't see the PED**.

Do you have anything which will tell you how much beer you've drunk?

*Pub Homing Device
**Pickled Egg Detector
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 03, 2009, 09:47:44 am
For all those doubters out there here is proof that Son of Oscar is on the launch pad ready for tonight ...
I can see the coat hanger under the bottom bracket just waiting to be hung back up again.  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 03, 2009, 10:34:17 am
I see you PHD* is already fitted but I can't see the PED**.

Do you have anything which will tell you how much beer you've drunk?

*Pub Homing Device
**Pickled Egg Detector

Garmin have developed a device just for me.  It isn't commercially available and the PHD and PED are built in. 

Nature has provided a device that measures how much I have drunk - gravity.  Drink too much and I fall off.  Mind you, on the last pub ride I did I only fell off whilst sober.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on April 03, 2009, 10:41:23 am
Your new bike is looking good OD. I'll probably leave work some time between 16:30 and 17:00 and take a route through the Notleys to Witham.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 03, 2009, 11:00:05 am
Your new bike is looking good OD. I'll probably leave work some time between 16:30 and 17:00 and take a route through the Notleys to Witham.

Groovy.

Re pasta, there is a choice available - penne with any combo of the following: green pesto, tomato and mascarpone sauce, olive oil, tinned tuna, grated cheese or anything else that doesn't run fast enough.  Also got some salad.

Failing that the chippy across the road will be open.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on April 03, 2009, 12:03:27 pm
I'm not fussy OD, whatever you fancy or is most convenient.

I am seriously looking forward to a pint of Jake The Snake later... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on April 03, 2009, 12:08:30 pm
Is OD now a grand-dad?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 03, 2009, 12:13:20 pm
I'm not fussy OD, whatever you fancy or is most convenient.

I am seriously looking forward to a pint of Jake The Snake later... :thumbsup:

Pasta works, won't take a minute.  See ya later!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 03, 2009, 12:20:40 pm
Is OD now a grand-dad?

This has been troubling me.  Son of Oscar strictly speaking is the fruit of Oscar the Orbea's loins as it was his bits that got transferred over to the new frame and thus SoO was born.

I thought about changing my YACF handle to Son of Oscar's Dad but thought it little too complex.

Frankly, I am surprised that this issue wasn't debated by the G20 Leaders.  What's the world's economic crisis compared with my relationship with my evolving bicycles?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on April 03, 2009, 12:20:54 pm
BetFred are offering evens that OD won't make it to the pub. They are also offering:

- 2/1 that he says the missus won't let him

- 3/1 that the cat dies and he claims he's overcome with grief and unable to cycle

- 4/1 he'll claim that a national shortage of pickled eggs meant that he had to stay at home furiously whipping up a batch in his kitchen

- 16/1 that he'll claim to have been abducted by aliens on the way to the ride, hence his non-appearance.

 ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on April 03, 2009, 12:22:20 pm
Is OD now a grand-dad?

This has been troubling me.  Son of Oscar strictly speaking is the fruit of Oscar the Orbea's loins as it was his bits that got transferred over to the new frame and thus SoO was born.

I thought about changing my YACF handle to Son of Oscar's Dad but thought it little too complex.

Frankly, I am surprised that this issue wasn't debated by the G20 Leaders.  What's the world's economic crisis compared with my relationship with my evolving bicycles?

I dunno... I think SOD suits you.   ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 03, 2009, 12:23:33 pm
BetFred are offering evens that OD won't make it to the pub. They are also offering:

- 2/1 that he says the missus won't let him

- 3/1 that the cat dies and he claims he's overcome with grief and unable to cycle

- 4/1 he'll claim that a national shortage of pickled eggs meant that he had to stay at home furiously whipping up a batch in his kitchen

- 16/1 that he'll claim to have been abducted by aliens on the way to the ride, hence his non-appearance.

 ;D

 ;D

We have 2 cats and a gerbil.  You might want to get the odds changed.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 03, 2009, 12:25:03 pm
Is OD now a grand-dad?

This has been troubling me.  Son of Oscar strictly speaking is the fruit of Oscar the Orbea's loins as it was his bits that got transferred over to the new frame and thus SoO was born.

I thought about changing my YACF handle to Son of Oscar's Dad but thought it little too complex.

Frankly, I am surprised that this issue wasn't debated by the G20 Leaders.  What's the world's economic crisis compared with my relationship with my evolving bicycles?

I dunno... I think SOD suits you.   ;D

I couldn't possibly adopt that handle in case I cramped your style!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 03, 2009, 04:19:35 pm
After a cold, frosty breaths, morning and a warming afternoons riding I will not be at the Viper for the E-EFNRP.  :( Nor will I see the young SOD in action. Going to rest and feed for the WARTY.  :thumbsup:

I recommend the V.I.P.A, Jake the Snake, and Oscar Wilde as fine beverages to consume at the Viper. 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 03, 2009, 04:21:49 pm
After a cold, frosty breaths, morning and a warming afternoons riding I will not be at the Viper for the E-EFNRP.  :( Nor will I see the young SOD in action. Going to rest and feed for the WARTY.  :thumbsup:

I recommend the V.I.P.A, Jake the Snake, and Oscar Wilde as fine beverages to consume at the Viper. 

OK, that's a shame.  Have a good ride tomorrow.

I am all dressed up and ready to go  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on April 03, 2009, 04:34:30 pm
OD - I am leaving work now. I have a mobile phone and your number - if I get lost (which is always a possibility) I'll call you, otherwise I should be about 45 mins...
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on April 04, 2009, 07:37:33 am
They're clearly all still boozin', no report yet!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 04, 2009, 10:13:34 am
We returned - fear not.  TOKaMaK is now in Sawbridgeworth waiting to start the WARTY.  We had a great night that wasn't without it's challenges.  Report and pictures a bit later. 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 04, 2009, 03:07:23 pm
There might only have been two of us but we judged the EMERGENCY Essex Pub Night Ride a great success.

TOKaMaK turned up at mine about 1730 hrs and after a quick bowl of pasta we were ready to hit the road.  Just as we were about to leave we discovered that my front tyre had substantially deflated so Son of Oscar was on his back in seconds for a quick pit stop.  I am a little annoyed with myself as I knew that the front valve was suspect but hadn’t been bothered to change the tube – lesson learnt.

After swinging through Terling we were soon on North Hill.  TOKaMaK took off and I caught up with him in Danbury.  Shortly before we got to Hanningfield Reservoir we had to pull over as TOKaMaK’s chain had managed to jam itself between the chain rings.  My Magic Bag came into it’s own for the first time in the evening.  My riding companion, sterling fellow that he is, has been know to take the piss out of the amount of stuff I lug around with me.  Now his hands were covered in oil he magnanimously accepted a squirt of my anti bacterial hand wash.  It didn’t do much to shift the oil but 99% of germs were dead.

Shortly after we had another minor drama as I hit a pothole and one of my front lights fell off.  It refused to work for the rest of the night but is OK now.  We got to The Viper and set about getting on the outside of pints of Jake the Snake and Oscar Wilde mild.  TOKaMaK did very well sinking about 5 pints.  After my last pub ride and the resultant lapse from sobriety I ended up on halves and had about 3.5 pints in all.  The Viper is an excellent pub, I couldn’t appreciate its woodland setting as it was pitch black when we arrived.  Jimmy the pub dog is cute.

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/EmergencyessexpubrideApr093.jpg)

Last orders were rung, we staggered out, mounted up and set off only to return after 50 yards as TOKaMaK’s back tyre was as flat as a witch’s tit. 

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/EmergencyessexpubrideApr09.jpg)

Once again the Magic Bag came up trumps, this time with some rubber gloves and a CO2 inflator – which was rubbish.  We had two attempts at fixing the flat and eventually set off.

At Chelmsford we went our separate ways.  I hooned through the sleeping streets guided by the Garmin.  Shortly before Hatfield Peverel my left thigh started to cramp up so I stopped in the car park of the Blue Strawberry for a stretch.

I got home at about 0130 hrs and parked the bike in the kitchen.

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/EmergencyessexpubrideApr092.jpg)

This was a classic pub ride.  A decent distance, 46.5 miles for me, and a fast pace averaging 14.5 mph.  Son of Oscar has also done over 30mph after hitting 31.6 mph descending from Danbury.

Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 06, 2009, 07:31:04 pm
We were in the Square & Compasses earlier today and The Current Mrs R remarked that we should perhaps organise another Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub - it was like hearing a nightingale sing!

On the bar there were leaflets for the first Great British Fuller Street Beer and Jazz Festival to be held at the S&C starting on Friday 7th August and culminating on Sunday 9th.  In attendance will be 30 real ales and ciders from around the UK - could be messy  :thumbsup:

I know it's a way off but does anyone fancy a ride out there on the Saturday (day time or evening)?  I know this may not totally qualify as a Friday Night Ride being on a Saturday and perhaps during daylight but I never was much good with detail.  Also, sorry about the forward planning but our social diary is a bit full at the minute.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on June 06, 2009, 08:35:23 pm
This sounds like a very good idea.

Perhaps, in order to keep to the true spirit, as St. Simon of the Wounded Knee taught us, we should start on Friday but not get there until Saturday?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on June 06, 2009, 09:01:25 pm
We were in the Square & Compasses earlier today and The Current Mrs R remarked that we should perhaps organise another Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub - it was like hearing a nightingale sing!

Feeling guilty about your extracurricular EFNRttPs with MO? Posting pics of pickled eggs, crisps, and beers!  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 06, 2009, 09:51:58 pm
I have a hankering to do one of these rides. But I wonder if my teetotallism makes them rather pointless! Or does the pub serve a good cup of tea? (is it the one at Hanningfield?)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on June 06, 2009, 09:54:20 pm
No, not the Hanningfields, but Fuller Street.

Streetmap - Homepage (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=574867&Y=216015&A=Y&Z=115)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on June 06, 2009, 10:09:35 pm
May I just do a gentle bit of marketing?

Wow and OD - doing anything on 11th July?  Reggie's Ride to Regicide will have pickled eggs and BEER!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 07, 2009, 10:33:29 am
I have a hankering to do one of these rides. But I wonder if my teetotallism makes them rather pointless! Or does the pub serve a good cup of tea? (is it the one at Hanningfield?)

Being teetotal will NOT exclude you!  ;D  The Square & Compasses does very nice tea and coffee.  You'd be very welcome.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 07, 2009, 10:34:20 am
This sounds like a very good idea.

Perhaps, in order to keep to the true spirit, as St. Simon of the Wounded Knee taught us, we should start on Friday but not get there until Saturday?

Go on then, hit us with a cunning plan!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 07, 2009, 10:35:10 am
We were in the Square & Compasses earlier today and The Current Mrs R remarked that we should perhaps organise another Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub - it was like hearing a nightingale sing!

Feeling guilty about your extracurricular EFNRttPs with MO? Posting pics of pickled eggs, crisps, and beers!  :P

I'm not sure your little legs would keep up with Mr Oakden  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on June 07, 2009, 10:36:04 am
This sounds like a very good idea.

Perhaps, in order to keep to the true spirit, as St. Simon of the Wounded Knee taught us, we should start on Friday but not get there until Saturday?

Go on then, hit us with a cunning plan!

OH GOD! I walked into that one, didn't I? :-\ :-*
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 07, 2009, 11:13:06 am
This sounds like a very good idea.

Perhaps, in order to keep to the true spirit, as St. Simon of the Wounded Knee taught us, we should start on Friday but not get there until Saturday?

Go on then, hit us with a cunning plan!

OH GOD! I walked into that one, didn't I? :-\ :-*

God loves he who tries.  Fortune favours the brave.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on June 07, 2009, 01:53:09 pm
Hmm... Saturday 8th August ... I have a horrible feeling I'm going to be in Manchester that afternoon, so not getting back to Witham until potentially quite late.

On the other hand, if I do arrive back in time to go out, I know where you'll all be :)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on June 08, 2009, 11:23:24 am
August!? I'll say yes now, Fuller Street Festival sounds like a right laugh. But you'll need to remind me nearer the time. August!? :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on June 08, 2009, 02:53:13 pm
August!? I'll say yes now, Fuller Street Festival sounds like a right laugh. But you'll need to remind me nearer the time. August!? :P
There speaks a man who seems to be hankering after another pub outing somewhere in the intervening time.  I'd certainly be up for one, August!? is, after all, practically next year ...

... as in initial suggestion which may be too short notice(?), but how about this Friday (12th June)?  Venue to be determined (A leaflet of best real ale pubs from the local CAMRA chapter just dropped through my door, including the following: White Hart @ Margaretting Tye?  Leather Bottle @ Blackmore? Three Elms @ Chignal St James? ... and many more).  I'm open to suggestions... all of the above look easily do-able from Chelmsford, and reachable from Witham too (e.g. to Margaretting Tye (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=witham&daddr=N+Hill+to:51.711076,0.54863+to:Swan+Ln&hl=en&geocode=%3BFTx0FQMdfMsIAA%3B%3BFSmhFAMdAqIGAA&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=2&sz=12&via=1,2&dirflg=h&sll=51.708098,0.531464&sspn=0.115521,0.187111&ie=UTF8&ll=51.753177,0.570602&spn=0.115406,0.246506&z=12) via North Hill).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on June 08, 2009, 02:56:37 pm
Can't do this Friday (12th). I'm heading into the big smoke for a bit of a shindig. 19th I'm heading up to Edinburgh for the weekend, and 26th I'm going to Bristol. July 3rd could be a goer then* - night before the Dun Run!

[Edit] If we take in the Leather Bottle at Blackmore, we could also stop at the Viper. :thumbsup:

*I might as well just hold out 'til August! ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on June 08, 2009, 03:29:45 pm
Can't do this Friday (12th). I'm heading into the big smoke for a bit of a shindig. 19th I'm heading up to Edinburgh for the weekend, and 26th I'm going to Bristol. July 3rd could be a goer then* - night before the Dun Run!

[Edit] If we take in the Leather Bottle at Blackmore, we could also stop at the Viper. :thumbsup:

*I might as well just hold out 'til August! ::-)

I guess an other alternative (rather than holding out until August!?) would be to do an EnFNRttP (Essex non-Friday Night Ride to the Pub).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on June 08, 2009, 03:35:09 pm
That could work, this Saturday? Or any week night.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on June 08, 2009, 05:31:32 pm
I can't do this Friday - already have an environmental piss-up planned.

The time of year is here when lovely light evening rides are there for the enjoying. I'm game, but the later in the week, the better. I take my tablets on a Monday and try not to drink anything until Wednesday at the earliest. ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bloomers100 on June 08, 2009, 06:55:34 pm
I am monitoring this post, I will seek what release permits I can have in the near future. I like MO's suggestion starting at Margretting, Rose and Crown at Gt Waltham near me does nice real ale and pig snacks could be a finishing point, that'll make four pubs south to north.

Jazz and beer festival at Fuller Street in August should be good, its their first one.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on June 08, 2009, 10:43:07 pm
That could work, this Saturday? Or any week night.
We've got a friend staying over on Saturday, so that's out ... I can do Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week though.  I have a slight preference for Wednesday (well, Mrs. O does actually).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 28, 2009, 01:36:45 pm
Chaps (of the male and female variety, plus all other varieties), could I just point out that the Square & Compasses (Fuller Street) Beer & Jazz Festival starts on the evening of Friday 7th August and goes on all weekend  :o   ;D

I mentioned to Victor (genial host of said pub) that we might put in an appearance to help him drink his beer.  Incredibly he seemed to think this was a good idea.  Clearly our reputation isn't as bad as we might like to think.

Do we have a plan?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on July 28, 2009, 01:41:38 pm
HELLO, YES! Since our last visit there - where I managed to get lost finding the place even though it's only five and a half miles from where I live ::-) - I have ridden and memorised the most direct route using only the finest country lanes. :thumbsup: I am so up for this that I am almost bursting. ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Andrij on July 28, 2009, 01:53:28 pm
Grrr....  I miss another one!  >:(

But that's becuase I'll be at the Great British Beer Festival.  :smug:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on July 28, 2009, 01:55:18 pm
Meh. It won't have the rural charm of Essex... ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 28, 2009, 01:59:11 pm
I guess we need to decide when we attend.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on July 28, 2009, 02:01:11 pm
Friday - or it won't be a proper EFNRttP - then Saturday and Sunday just to make sure we've done it right.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 28, 2009, 02:38:12 pm
I have had a meeting with Head Office and looked at the pub's website (http://www.thesquareandcompasses.co.uk/events.html) and wish to advance the following plan for consideration ...

On the opening night (Friday 7th August '09 in case you haven't been keeping up) the Ray Ward Trio will strike up at 7pm and the spit roast will also spark up at the same time.  How about we assemble at 7pm?  We will have Twinkle Toes the 9-year old with us who likes a good pub, in particular the S&C so feel free to bring your ankle bitters if you have them.

If anyone wants to meet at our place I can always lead us on a entertaining and circuitous route to Fuller Street.

How does this sound or has anyone got an even better idea?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on July 28, 2009, 03:02:11 pm
What could possibly be better? See you there at 7, on the 7th - fortuitous or what.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on July 28, 2009, 04:38:28 pm
I'm in.  :thumbsup:

Edit: Just remembered why Aug 7th was ringing bells. I've a BBQ to attend but no address as to where it is. If the address springs forth I'll be getting tinnies and E.Coli instead of hand pumped and jazz.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 28, 2009, 04:53:20 pm

Edit: Just remembered why Aug 7th was ringing bells. I've a BBQ to attend but no address as to where it is. If the address springs forth I'll be getting tinnies and E.Coli instead of hand pumped and jazz.

This will not be tolerated  >:(  You will get yourself a reputation and I for one know how difficult it is to shake a reputation once gained  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on July 28, 2009, 04:56:52 pm
Come and get hand pumped and jazzed with us, you know it makes sense.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 28, 2009, 05:04:34 pm
Come and get hand pumped and gizzed with us, you know it makes sense.

There goes the tone, a crashing and a burning!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on July 28, 2009, 05:09:50 pm
There is a potential for both. The BBQ involves kids and so will start in the afternoon. I can't eat a whole one in one sitting, teethgrinder I'm not, so I could slip out in time for EFNRttP and come back for the rest late in the evening.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bloomers100 on July 28, 2009, 06:48:35 pm
Tokamak, subject to final sanctioning by the wifenfuhrer I'm up for this. She might even come too. Shall we meet twixt the walthams on Blasford Hill?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on July 28, 2009, 07:31:30 pm
This is terrible. EFNRttP was never meant to clash with FNRttC. :(
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on July 28, 2009, 07:35:46 pm
This is terrible. EFNRttP was never meant to clash with FNRttC. :(
Leave Fuller St. at nine and head for HPC, plenty of time!  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on July 28, 2009, 07:38:28 pm
Actually, that could be done, couldn't it?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on July 28, 2009, 07:42:44 pm
Actually, that could be done, couldn't it?
Certainly could, I suggest the Mercian.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 28, 2009, 07:58:20 pm
I have had a meeting with Head Office and looked at the pub's website (http://www.thesquareandcompasses.co.uk/events.html) and wish to advance the following plan for consideration ...

On the opening night (Friday 7th August '09 in case you haven't been keeping up) the Ray Ward Trio will strike up at 7pm and the spit roast will also spark up at the same time.  How about we assemble at 7pm?  We will have Twinkle Toes the 9-year old with us who likes a good pub, in particular the S&C so feel free to bring your ankle bitters if you have them.

If anyone wants to meet at our place I can always lead us on a entertaining and circuitous route to Fuller Street.

How does this sound or has anyone got an even better idea?

I would love to, but i will be in the North Pennines, recovering from the Hill training i will make myself do whilst there.

There's a chance (fairly slim though) that i may get back on Saturday night early enough to spin over there to support the S&C cause, but I can't guarantee, however, if anybody is doing Saturday and/or Sunday as well as the Friday than I may see you there.

Enjoy the Friday Night opening sesh -- should be good.

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on July 28, 2009, 08:15:52 pm
There's a train leaving White Notley at 10.08 p.m. Gets into LST at 11.03. Fuller Street to White Notley Station is only about 4 miles. Easy!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on July 28, 2009, 08:28:45 pm
Bugger that!  I may be up for the FNRttP bit though, although I suspect accommodation would be required due to it being out in the Badlands a long way from Saarfend. I'm crap at working out train routes (which is why I always leave it to Wowbagger).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on July 28, 2009, 08:44:43 pm
White Notley - Saarfend (http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/pj/jd2#JourneySID3)

That's an easy journey for a big 2-wheeled barrel of Stella to take! Home by 12.30.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on July 29, 2009, 08:56:14 am
Tokamak, subject to final sanctioning by the wifenfuhrer I'm up for this. She might even come too. Shall we meet twixt the walthams on Blasford Hill?

Hi! Sounds good to me. I was going to take a route through Little Waltham, then jump across Essex Regiment Way onto Wheelers Hill East - so could meet just off the main road at Little Waltham, as you suggest. The route to the pub from there looks like this (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=The+St&daddr=Wheeler%27s+Hill+E+to:Wheeler%27s+Hill+E+to:Cole+Hill+to:CM3+2BB&hl=en&geocode=FVIzFgMdoDIHAA%3BFa80FgMdpW4HAA%3BFeg1FgMdwHIHAA%3BFX6zFgMdbvgHAA%3B&gl=uk&mra=ls&sll=51.820103,0.526228&sspn=0.01833,0.038581&ie=UTF8&ll=51.802936,0.503654&spn=0.036675,0.077162&z=14).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bloomers100 on July 30, 2009, 09:24:38 am
Change of plan. We'll be there but taking the car because the kids are coming too. See you there. Well done on your TT performances lately btw.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on July 30, 2009, 09:41:35 am
Thanks. Riding to work must be good training! Will be excellent to meet the family. See you next week then...
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on July 30, 2009, 03:46:02 pm
I'm probably doing an EFNRttP tomorrow, here (http://www.huntsmanandhounds.co.uk/). I'm going to test a tent and my ability to operate it.

Anyone who feels like a beer or two, and possibly bringing some canvas with them would be welcome. I'm going to leave home around 5 p.m., get there about 7 - 7.30, put the tent up, retire to the bar for food and drink and at a suitable juncture climb into my sleeping bag for the night. On Saturday morning I shall cycle home through the pissing rain for a good night's sleep.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 30, 2009, 03:50:41 pm
I'm probably doing an EFNRttP tomorrow, here (http://www.huntsmanandhounds.co.uk/). I'm going to test a tent and my ability to operate it.

Anyone who feels like a beer or two, and possibly bringing some canvas with them would be welcome. I'm going to leave home around 5 p.m., get there about 7 - 7.30, put the tent up, retire to the bar for food and drink and at a suitable juncture climb into my sleeping bag for the night. On Saturday morning I shall cycle home through the pissing rain for a good night's sleep.

We've been there recently.  The site is fine though the showers are rudimentary.  James Snr and James Jnr who run the place are nice chaps.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on July 30, 2009, 03:53:04 pm
Very nice. I shall be in Bristol, otherwise I might have accompanied you. Hope you have a smashing time.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on July 30, 2009, 05:26:42 pm
White Notley - Saarfend (http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/pj/jd2#JourneySID3)

That's an easy journey for a big 2-wheeled barrel of Stella to take! Home by 12.30.

That was before the buggers went on strike!

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Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on July 30, 2009, 06:35:22 pm
I'm probably doing an EFNRttP tomorrow, here (http://www.huntsmanandhounds.co.uk/). I'm going to test a tent and my ability to operate it.

Looks very nice. I've certainly been past there a few times but I don't think I've ever been in.

How can somewhere like that have a CM3 postcode?! There are places almost in Chelmsford with CM3 postcodes!!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 31, 2009, 11:14:48 am
I'm probably doing an EFNRttP tomorrow, here (http://www.huntsmanandhounds.co.uk/). I'm going to test a tent and my ability to operate it.

Anyone who feels like a beer or two, and possibly bringing some canvas with them would be welcome. ...

There's a possibility I might spin across fom Witham for a couple of pints there.  I have a prior arrangement (which involves cycling in the opposite direction and drinking beer there) which may or may not happen, but if it doesn't then i'll whizz over to the H+H.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on July 31, 2009, 01:59:16 pm
I'm probably doing an EFNRttP tomorrow, here (http://www.huntsmanandhounds.co.uk/). I'm going to test a tent and my ability to operate it.

Anyone who feels like a beer or two
As much as I'd like to larf and point assist in helping you with your new tent, and sup a couple of beers, I am getting up at silly o'clock for the start of the Ride to Brighton Pride from HPC.
(i may have to ask bobb for his hat)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 31, 2009, 03:21:44 pm
I'm probably doing an EFNRttP tomorrow, here (http://www.huntsmanandhounds.co.uk/). I'm going to test a tent and my ability to operate it.

Anyone who feels like a beer or two
As much as I'd like to larf and point assist in helping you with your new tent, and sup a couple of beers, I am getting up at silly o'clock for the start of the Ride to Brighton Pride from HPC.
(i may have to ask bobb for his hat)

Gracious me!  I have been expending a great deal of effort in trying find you a Thai mail order bride.  I haven't said anything as I wanted her to be a surprise.  Are you telling me my efforts might be in vain?  I suppose I could always slightly amend my search criteria.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on July 31, 2009, 03:24:31 pm
I was thinking of going on this at one time. I'm proud to know my gay friends. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on July 31, 2009, 03:32:01 pm
Gracious me!  I have been expending a great deal of effort in trying find you a Thai mail order bride.  I haven't said anything as I wanted her to be a surprise.  Are you telling me my efforts might be in vain?  I suppose I could always slightly amend my search criteria.
Please do carry on with the Thai mail order bride search. I am merely going to HPC for a bike ride and am not even close to being in the closet to come out of it!
I thank you for your concern.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 31, 2009, 03:49:03 pm
Gracious me!  I have been expending a great deal of effort in trying find you a Thai mail order bride.  I haven't said anything as I wanted her to be a surprise.  Are you telling me my efforts might be in vain?  I suppose I could always slightly amend my search criteria.
Please do carry on with the Thai mail order bride search. I am merely going to HPC for a bike ride and am not even close to being in the closet to come out of it!
I thank you for your concern.


No problem chap  :thumbsup:  We'd love you which ever bus you travelled on. 

The search for your Thai mail order bride is not going well I'm afraid.  The Current Mrs R is not happy with my plans to hold exhaustive interviews at a hotel close to Heathrow.  I have tried to assure her that I am selflessly putting myself (not to mention my back) out for a cycling chum but she's not happy.  Damned unreasonable I'd say.  However, leave it with me, I'll wear her out down eventually.  :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on August 01, 2009, 11:08:25 am
Well, the tent worked, keeping out a shower at about 1 a.m.

I left home around 5.30, arrived at the pub about 8, had the tent up and was in the bar by 8.45 and drinking Maldon Gold, which was CAMRA Champion Golden Ale, 2007. It's remarkable that Brewer's Gold won this award (and Supreme Champion) in 2005 & 2006, and the two ales are brewed only a few miles apart. The steak was especially good and I staggered to my tent around 10.30, but was waylaid in conversation by a couple who had taken an enormous caravan. I was surprised how many people were camping there, but I happened to have arrived on the same night as a motor cycle troupe all wearing "Sally's Slaves" T-shirts. There were dozens of them.

I slept well. After a couple of occasions in which I looked at the time, I eventually rose at 6.30. The loo was visited, tea was brewed, cereal eaten, the tent demolished and I was on the road by 7.45. After about a quarter of a mile I stopped to have a look at an item of road kill - a large predatory bird, too big for a kestrel or a sparrow hawk: I thought it was probably a buzzard. I made a mental note of its location in order to inform my brother, who has a collection of skulls, of its location.

At one point I was overtaken by a succession of Harley-Davidsons, making a devil of a row. Two especially caught my eye: R505 HOG, and a very nice pink bike with a very petite young lady in charge of it. Shortly before I arrived home, I heard the roaring of an engine approaching from behind and a bright red sports car, MAD 80Y, went past at a speed far too high for a narrow country lane.

That, I felt, was a successful outing. The tent went up and came down fairly easily and I covered the 24 mile ride home by 10.30. When I do my longer tour later in the month, I reckon to try to do 20 miles before 11ses, 20 miles before lunch, and the rest afterwards. That will be enough riding for a day and will give me plenty of time to put the tent up, have a rest and do any chores before the serious business of eating.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 01, 2009, 11:40:50 am
What sort of tent do you have Wow?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on August 01, 2009, 12:05:21 pm
What sort of tent do you have Wow?

One of these (http://www.tauntonleisure.com/products/vango-spirit-200--tent/2258/?gclid=CMmqifungpwCFY4U4wodah_m_w)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on August 01, 2009, 02:05:11 pm
Something I forgot to mention.

In Cold Norton there is an ex-pub called The Norton, and featuring an ancient motorcycle on its pub sign. I was very sad a year or two ago to see the pub boarded up. However, there is good news! There was activity at the pub this morning, which appears to be the result of a community project to save the pub and work is clearly progressing well.

Save the Norton.org (http://www.savethenorton.org/index.php/home)

When it's open again, it's a must-do for an EFNRttP.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 02, 2009, 01:25:05 pm
What sort of tent do you have Wow?

One of these (http://www.tauntonleisure.com/products/vango-spirit-200--tent/2258/?gclid=CMmqifungpwCFY4U4wodah_m_w)

That looks superb Wow, glad you're pleased with it.

We've got one of these (http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/t2-ultralight-pro-3244110/) which is just big enough for me or me and Twinkle Toes.  If you shared it with another adult you'd have to know them quite well.  £60 for a sub 2kg tent is brilliant and it's well made too.

If we you touring en France next year, which is looking increasingly likely  :thumbsup: we will probably get  one of these as well (http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/t2-ultralight-3246853/)  £80 for a 2.9kg tent is a bargain.

I am forced to conclude that Decathlon tents are a superb combination of weight, price and quality.  We have a brace of their pop up tents which are brilliant but not suitable for cycling camping.

I was reading the most recent edition of the Cycling Plus were they went on a S24O which apparently stands for a Sub 24 hour Overnight (often wondered what it meant).  Without realising we went on a S24O when we went to the Huntsman & Hounds.  We might have to try and do another before the year is out.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 02, 2009, 01:41:54 pm
Something I forgot to mention.

In Cold Norton there is an ex-pub called The Norton, and featuring an ancient motorcycle on its pub sign. I was very sad a year or two ago to see the pub boarded up. However, there is good news! There was activity at the pub this morning, which appears to be the result of a community project to save the pub and work is clearly progressing well.

Save the Norton.org (http://www.savethenorton.org/index.php/home)

When it's open again, it's a must-do for an EFNRttP.

Well spotted.  We'll definately have to visit, I guess we could only go when the weather is cold.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on August 02, 2009, 02:49:18 pm
I was reading the most recent edition of the Cycling Plus were they went on a S24O which apparently stands for a Sub 24 hour Overnight (often wondered what it meant).  Without realising we went on a S24O when we went to the Huntsman & Hounds.  We might have to try and do another before the year is out.

There was a famous one of these last year organised by Charlotte, I believe, taking place in Surrey. Sadly, I was hors concours, stricken by Dolgellau Bellau after an injudicious few days at the King's Youth Hostel.

When you are ready for the next one, let me know. The Huntsman and Hounds is there, obviously, but also Ratsborough Farm, in Southminster, is worth a visit. No on-site pub (although there's one within a short walk and several others within a short ride), but it would appear that my overnighter cost me £11, which I reckon is a bit steep.

Streetmap - Maps and directions for the whole of Great Britain (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=595500&Y=198500&A=Y&Z=120)

Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 02, 2009, 03:42:04 pm
I was reading the most recent edition of the Cycling Plus were they went on a S24O which apparently stands for a Sub 24 hour Overnight (often wondered what it meant).  Without realising we went on a S24O when we went to the Huntsman & Hounds.  We might have to try and do another before the year is out.

... but also Ratsborough Farm, in Southminster, is worth a visit. No on-site pub (although there's one within a short walk and several others within a short ride) ...

Streetmap - Maps and directions for the whole of Great Britain (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=595500&Y=198500&A=Y&Z=120)


That's interesting and worth keeping in mind.  There seems to be a shortage of decent campsites round here.  The only trouble with Ratsborough for us is the fact that the road to it from Maldon is a bit uninspiring.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on August 05, 2009, 08:18:49 am
I now have the address so I have a party to attend. Enjoy yourselves and take some pictures.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 05, 2009, 03:16:15 pm
I still plan to be there this Friday - broken nose and all. :o Tip - don't go to Bristol and look too obviously like you're from London or something - can get you headbutted. :'(
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on August 05, 2009, 03:17:53 pm
Did you get it checked out in the end?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bloomers100 on August 05, 2009, 03:21:19 pm
I still intend to be there, if only to laugh at yer konk.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 05, 2009, 03:21:45 pm
Got into work yesterday and the ladies told me to get to hospital. Doctor looked at it, says probably is broken, did a few tests and let me go.

[edit] doesn't look as bad as it sounds.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: clarion on August 05, 2009, 03:23:05 pm
Have I missed summat?  What on earth happened, TOK?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 05, 2009, 03:26:23 pm
Met up with some friends in Bristol - the Harbour Festival was on. Saturday night - random guy in street removes the cap from my head and headbutts me. That's a nice hello and welcome!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on August 05, 2009, 03:26:39 pm
Got into work yesterday and the ladies told me to get to hospital. Doctor looked at it, says probably is broken, did a few tests and let me go.

[edit] doesn't look as bad as it sounds.
If it needs straightening let me know.  :thumbsup:

Do you now have a very nasally accent?  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on August 05, 2009, 03:27:05 pm
Have I missed summat?  What on earth happened, TOK?

I'd say that some west-country type, not liking the cut of our hero's jib, head-butted him and broke his nose.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 05, 2009, 03:28:14 pm
That's pretty much it, Wow - was totally unprovoked.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: clarion on August 05, 2009, 03:31:01 pm
That's what I surmised.  Crikey - there are people you'd take such exception to, but our Erron isn't one of them.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 05, 2009, 03:32:13 pm
If it needs straightening let me know.  :thumbsup:

Do you now have a very nasally accent?  ;)


Should be OK when the swelling goes down - doesn't look too bent to me. I've picked out all the blood bogeys now so am breathing clearly!  :sick: :thumbsup::
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on August 05, 2009, 03:33:56 pm
That's pretty much it, Wow - was totally unprovoked.
I hope your friends held him for a good kickin' the police.  ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 05, 2009, 03:34:29 pm
That's what I surmised.  Crikey - there are people you'd take such exception to, but our Erron isn't one of them.


I was wearing skin tight jeans, and boots with a 2" heel - think that might have been the problem!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 05, 2009, 03:35:37 pm
That's pretty much it, Wow - was totally unprovoked.
I hope your friends held him for a good kickin' the police.  ::-)


The guy disappeared, I was pretty shocked. Did report it to the police though.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Rapples on August 05, 2009, 03:36:48 pm
That's pretty much it, Wow - was totally unprovoked.

I thought you said you were wandering around looking obviously from London ;D ;D


GWS :'(
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: clarion on August 05, 2009, 03:37:08 pm
That's what I surmised.  Crikey - there are people you'd take such exception to, but our Erron isn't one of them.


I was wearing skin tight jeans, and boots with a 2" heel - think that might have been the problem!

He was disturbed by how much he fancied you and, confused by these unfamiliar stirrings of man-love, paniced and struck out at the object of his affection.

Or summat ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 05, 2009, 03:37:43 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on August 05, 2009, 03:38:13 pm
I can confirm it was totally unprovoked as I was standing right next to him at the time. It's likely he only went for TOKs is because he's only ickle. I don't think the guy would have been able to reach my head. It wasn't a very nice experience.

The cops were called, but there was not a lot they could do. But we did give a description and the direction he fucked off in, so at least the zillions of cops all over the city that night could be alerted that there is a violent maniac on the loose. If the bloke was that wound up, I don't doubt he'd go looking for more people to head butt.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: clarion on August 05, 2009, 03:39:20 pm
Oh.  You were there, too, bobb?  Don't you think a pink stetson is a bit provocative in such circumstances? ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 05, 2009, 03:40:48 pm
Bloody hell - the Stetson probably would have caused a riot.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on August 05, 2009, 03:42:36 pm
It would probably have resulted in murder!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on August 05, 2009, 03:49:31 pm
Bloody hell - the Stetson probably would have caused a riot.
It could've been worse! You might have been on your way to a Rocky Horror Picture Show dressed a Frank 'n' Furter.  ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 06, 2009, 04:33:48 pm
We did have a theme though. Baseball caps, mirror shades, 80's NYC tops and skinny jeans!
(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh288/whackson/Misc/DSCF0294Small.jpg)
Our bobb on the right, I'm pressing the button. This is before we managed to anger anyone, I think... ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: clarion on August 06, 2009, 04:43:36 pm
Yeah.  OK.  I'm beginning to understand your assailant's motives... ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 06, 2009, 04:49:24 pm
We should have gone around as The Warriors (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080120/)!
(http://geektyrant.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/warriors.jpg)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: clarion on August 06, 2009, 04:51:55 pm
Oh Warriors....Come out to play-ay!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 07, 2009, 10:54:27 am
Who's still on for tonight then, at the Fuller Street Beer Festival? In light of what happened last time I was at a festival, perhaps we should warn them of possible trouble? :P

I believe bobb is quite up for this one too. We'll aim to arrive for about 7pm.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on August 07, 2009, 11:50:43 am
I shan't. I can't combine FNRttP and FNRttC when the trains aren't running.

Have fun all!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: nuttycyclist on August 07, 2009, 12:33:07 pm
Yes, isn't it a pain relying on a train service  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on August 07, 2009, 12:34:48 pm
Yes, isn't it a pain relying on a train service  ;)

I don't know. We haven't had a train service in this country since 1963.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 07, 2009, 12:52:30 pm
Looks like you should have a fine night for it - warm with only a light wind. Also good for beer garden activities!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 07, 2009, 01:42:18 pm
Who's still on for tonight then, at the Fuller Street Beer Festival? In light of what happened last time I was at a festival, perhaps we should warn them of possible trouble? :P

I believe bobb is quite up for this one too. We'll aim to arrive for about 7pm.

Me, might be by myself.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on August 07, 2009, 02:14:17 pm
I may or may not be up for this now unfortunately. I went for little pootle yesterday for the first time in a while and it was pretty painful. I picked up a UDI playing silly games at the weekend have have some kind of thigh strain. I might nip out in a bit to see if it's any better.

Also my sister and family are staying and we're supposed to be having dinner tonight. Although an EFNRttP would be an excuse to get out of it!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on August 07, 2009, 02:16:14 pm
Also my sister and family are staying and we're supposed to be having dinner tonight.
Bar snacks and pickled eggs, show 'em the good life!  ;) ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 07, 2009, 02:28:10 pm
Looks like I might be coming by myself now too! laying on a hog roast, ain't they? Pickled eggs for afters maybe.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 07, 2009, 02:36:13 pm
I picked up a UDI playing silly games at the weekend...

It was probably that leaf throwing contest we had - very strenuous that game, hard on the bones. :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on August 07, 2009, 02:41:17 pm
I picked up a UDI playing silly games at the weekend...

Sounds like you need penicillin. If it itches don't scratch it!  :hand:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on August 07, 2009, 02:54:13 pm
I think it was the game of cricket where you had to hold your right leg as a bat....
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 07, 2009, 03:14:23 pm
Oh yeah, kicket
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 08, 2009, 07:39:38 am

Not feeling very fresh this morning.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 08, 2009, 09:22:41 am
That was fun.  It was just me and TOKaMaK but we managed to sample (pints of) the following:

Wolf Golden Jackal from Norfolk
Waveney Lightweight also from Norfolk
Jarrow Joblings Swinging Gibbet from Tyne & Wear (a well hung pint)
Milton Pegasus from Cambridgeshire
Buffeys Pollys Folly from Norfolk
Butcombe Gold from Gloucestershire
Nethergate Essex Border from Essex
Wolf Granny Wouldn't Like It from Norfolk (my favourite)
Crouch Vale Amarillo from Essex
Nethergate Essex Beast from Essex
Our last two pints went unrecorded, for reasons that might be obvious.

My Magic Bag (much maligned) came into it's own yet again ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/SCBeerFest09.jpg)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on August 08, 2009, 05:38:04 pm
You had 12 pints each?!!  :o
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 08, 2009, 05:40:45 pm
You had 12 pints each?!!  :o

No silly, 6 each.  Where were you???
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on August 08, 2009, 05:43:39 pm
I was at home nursing my UDI..... And drinking beer  :P

I reckon I should be back on the bike tomorrow though....
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on August 10, 2009, 01:58:06 am
I was at home nursing my UDI..... And drinking beer  :P

I reckon I should be back on the bike tomorrow though....

UDI == "Urinary ? Infection"???
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on August 10, 2009, 01:59:59 am
That was fun.  It was just me and TOKaMaK but we managed to sample (pints of) the following:


Wish i could have got there, but only arrived back from ooop north  at 11pm sat :(

yummy beer list though
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 10, 2009, 05:42:07 am
I was at home nursing my UDI..... And drinking beer  :P

I reckon I should be back on the bike tomorrow though....

UDI == "Urinary ? Infection"???

I wondered about this but since I'm known for my tact and discretion I didn't like to ask.  I reckon it'll be something to do with either his pink stetson or his purple helmet.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 10, 2009, 05:46:19 am
That was fun.  It was just me and TOKaMaK but we managed to sample (pints of) the following:


Wish i could have got there, but only arrived back from ooop north  at 11pm sat :(

yummy beer list though

You were missed.  It would have been right up your (Fuller) street.  I went again on Saturday lunchtime with The Current Mrs R and TT and TOKaMaK.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on August 10, 2009, 09:32:11 am
I was at home nursing my UDI..... And drinking beer  :P

I reckon I should be back on the bike tomorrow though....

UDI == "Urinary ? Infection"???

I wondered about this but since I'm known for my tact and discretion I didn't like to ask.  I reckon it'll be something to do with either his pink stetson or his purple helmet.

Actually, I think I worked out the "real" meaning of "UDI", but the above is funnier ;-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 10, 2009, 10:23:08 am
Bobb had an Unidentified Drinking Injury from the Bristol weekender!

He missed a good one - the lanes between Chelmsford and Fuller Street make for very pleasant riding, and the pub, as we already knew, is top notch. My highlights then were, bumping into a girl I used to go to school with and hadn't seen in at least 14 years (and OD dropping unsubtle hints, trying to play the matchmaker ::-)). Flying along quiet lanes in the dark on a warm night. The weather on Saturday was great too, and the Blixies Farm roasted meat treats - reared and butchered just up the road from the pub itself.

[edit] and one of the barmen saying to OD the next day, "You're still alive then..." ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 10, 2009, 10:28:10 am

My highlights then were, bumping into a girl I used to go to school with and hadn't seen in at least 14 years (and OD dropping unsubtle hints, trying to play the matchmaker ::-))


I have a good feeling about this.  I am already looking for a hat and will hire you Tina the Tandem for the honeymoon.  She was a cracking girl.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on August 10, 2009, 10:43:36 am
Can I be best man? I have plenty of material for the speech  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 10, 2009, 10:44:49 am
Can I be best man? I have plenty of material for the speech  :P

With that hat you're bound to get invited to the Hen Party as well!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on August 10, 2009, 10:46:04 am
Right that's it. I'm going to go down to the market today to see if I can actually buy one!

Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 10, 2009, 10:57:38 am
Right that's it. I'm going to go down to the market today to see if I can actually buy one!



What are you going to do with two identical hats?  One to wash and one to wear?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 10, 2009, 11:11:08 am
The hat pictured is not bobb's! It belongs to a lady friend of mine, and bobb wanted to try it on for size when we were all on a train back from Kent following my birthday celebrations last year - camping (it up) and attending a folk music concert in a church in Sandwich.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 10, 2009, 11:13:16 am
The hat pictured is not bobb's! It belongs to a lady friend of mine, and bobb wanted to try it on for size when we were all on a train back from Kent following my birthday celebrations last year - camping (it up) and attending a folk music concert in a church in Sandwich.

Yeah, yeah, we know the story.  You're a loyal friend but we all know the truth   ;D 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: clarion on August 10, 2009, 11:13:24 am
It's good of you to cover up for your friend. ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 10, 2009, 11:16:52 am
It's good of you to cover up for your friend. ;)

Exactly!  Bobb shouldn't be ashamed of the unbreakable association between him and HIS HAT.

Thanks to this forum I'm now a gay icon.  Does it bother me?  Not a bit.  Though I do stand against a wall on occasions.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 10, 2009, 11:18:51 am
The man clearly covets such a hat and has now succumbed to this desire and is off to buy one. Good on him I say - at least we'll all be able to recognise him at Mildenhall in a few weeks time!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 10, 2009, 11:20:32 am
The man clearly covets such a hat and has now succumbed to this desire and is off to buy one. Good on him I say - at least we'll all be able to recognise him at Mildenhall in a few weeks time!

Do you think he'll get the rest of the outfit to go with the hat?  Can't wait for the inevitable pictures!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on August 10, 2009, 01:58:35 pm
On arrival, I found out that the market is closed on a Monday  >:(

I know just the stall though - the one where I bought my mirror shades for almost no money. They are now my cycling shades  :) I will have a new magic hat in pink tomorrow though  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 10, 2009, 02:09:23 pm
On arrival, I found out that the market is closed on a Monday  >:(

I know just the stall though - the one where I bought my mirror shades for almost no money. They are now my cycling shades  :) I will have a new magic hat in pink tomorrow though  :P

Top man.  Don't forget the matching magic bag and shoes.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 11, 2009, 10:03:06 am
Anyway, getting back to the pub... I only took one photo, with my phone, and it was on Saturday not Friday, but here's Oscar's Dad going hair-of-the-dog and ordering perry because he couldn't stomach any more beer after Friday night's effort. :P
(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh288/whackson/Misc/08082009139.jpg)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 11, 2009, 10:07:46 am
^^^  ;D  Oh dear, I look as rough as I felt!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Viv on August 12, 2009, 12:58:48 pm
Sounds like fun. Can I play?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 12, 2009, 01:07:46 pm
Sounds like fun. Can I play?

You sure can.  Keep an eye out here for the date of the next.  Better still suggest something yourself.  You've probably got the gist of the format already  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 12, 2009, 01:08:15 pm
Of course. Not sure when the next one is. Some can be quite impromptu - watch this space I guess.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 21, 2009, 04:19:47 pm
It doesn't get any more last minute than this - but when I leave work some time imminently, I'm going to head straight for The Compasses Inn (http://www.compasseslittleygreen.co.uk/) in Littley Green. Although I cycle past it almost every day on my commute, I've never stopped there, so this will be rectified this evening! It used to be a Ridleys pub and was the closest to the Brewery. It is now owned by the Ridley family. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on August 21, 2009, 05:37:13 pm
It doesn't get any more last minute than this - but when I leave work some time imminently, I'm going to head straight for The Compasses Inn (http://www.compasseslittleygreen.co.uk/) in Littley Green. Although I cycle past it almost every day on my commute, I've never stopped there, so this will be rectified this evening! It used to be a Ridleys pub and was the closest to the Brewery. It is now owned by the Ridley family. :thumbsup:

Look out for Simon Heffer, extreme right wing Telegraph (?) journalist, for whom this is a local. If you spill a pint of beer over him, I'll buy you two pints as a replacement.

The beer there is normally gravity drawn.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bloomers100 on August 21, 2009, 05:38:17 pm
Good skillz tokamak, I'm wondering if you are still there?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on August 21, 2009, 05:40:05 pm
It doesn't get any more last minute than this - but when I leave work some time imminently, I'm going to head straight for The Compasses Inn (http://www.compasseslittleygreen.co.uk/) in Littley Green. Although I cycle past it almost every day on my commute, I've never stopped there, so this will be rectified this evening! It used to be a Ridleys pub and was the closest to the Brewery. It is now owned by the Ridley family. :thumbsup:

I'd be tempted, but i promised Mrs. O that I'd look after the kids while she went out for a ride tonight.  I'll see when she wants to go and if I can fit another ride in after her perhaps.

As it happens, I've cycled past there twice today already :)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on August 22, 2009, 09:50:14 am
Well that was an interesting evening?!

A nice ride out, but I was a little tiddly as there is a rather important cricket match taking place at the moment and I had to be in a pub to watch it  :P

We consumed a number of well kept ales before heading home. I had a couple of off road moments (  ;) ) but made it home safely.

Nice jaunt.....
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on August 24, 2009, 11:51:09 am
I'm going to head straight for The Compasses Inn (http://www.compasseslittleygreen.co.uk/) in Littley Green.

Look out for Simon Heffer, extreme right wing Telegraph (?) journalist, for whom this is a local. If you spill a pint of beer over him, I'll buy you two pints as a replacement.

The beer there is normally gravity drawn.

Don't think he was there - just a bunch of farmers complaining about banks.

This is a proper little spit-and-sawdust type pub though. Beer was poured out the back - no pumps on the bar. And updates on the cricket were shouted down from upstairs.

Bobb did worry me slightly on the way home - a squeal of brakes behind me and I turn round to see him on the wrong side of the road inches away from going into the verge! Riding a bike after a few pints is not a good time to be daydreaming! :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on August 24, 2009, 02:17:14 pm
It does great food though. Huffers, which seem to be a mid-Essex speciality. There are a few pubs around great Leighs which advertise them.

Simon Heffer dresses like a gentleman farmer - tweeds, brogues, cords. He's a red-hair, red faced bad-tempered looking git. He's actually about 6 years younger than I am: I remember him at school when I was in the upper sixth and he was an annoying tick of a first year. He hasn't changed, other than in size and shape.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on October 06, 2009, 07:41:01 pm
The Norton Lives!

The Norton pub, in Cold Norton, which was saved by the local community from demolition and desecration, is now open and serving beer! They seem to have Coffee Morning most mornings, but serve beer in the evening.

I may well take a little trip out there soonish to see how the land lies, but I'm pretty sure a group of thirsty cyclists consuming their ale and swelling the coffers would not be unwelcome.

Anyone fancy a trip out there on 30th October?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 06, 2009, 07:48:55 pm
The 30th you say?  Not a bad idea.  Let me see what can be done.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 06, 2009, 08:13:17 pm
Brace yourselves brothers, I have a suggestion to make.  I think it was a conversation with Sir Del that introduced the concept of us having a WAGS (and being inclusive: a HABS (Husbands and Boyfriends)) variant of our tried and tested formula.

Thus, my plan is to bring a WAG with me.  Negotiations and logistical arrangements are in full swing and I will keep you informed.  I just wanted to get the idea out there so others could latch on if the mood took them.

A precedent of sorts has been set as I recall, through a drunken haze, that we have already been graced with a splendid example of the fairer sex.  Granted she wasn't a WAG of anyone present on that particular night (as far as I know) and she did eat a pickled egg.

And, should any females that aren't WAGs want to come along I feel sure they would be most welcome.

Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on October 06, 2009, 08:41:00 pm
Thus, my plan is to bring a WAG with me.

Won't they squabble?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 06, 2009, 08:45:21 pm
Thus, my plan is to bring a WAG with me.

Won't they squabble?

Nope, my domestic arrangements in this regard are bomb proof!  If my plans go according to plan both will be present and peace and harmony will abound!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on October 06, 2009, 09:15:59 pm
NB: 30th Oct is FNRttC.

Whatever date I'll have to borrow a WAG for the evening 'cos OD has yet to get me a bride from the east.  ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 06, 2009, 09:17:38 pm
NB: 30th Oct is FNRttC.

Whatever date I'll have to borrow a WAG for the evening 'cos OD has yet to get me a bride from the east.  ::-)

Yes, I am an embarrassing failure in this regard - sorry.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on October 06, 2009, 09:22:04 pm
Yes, I am an embarrassing failure in this regard - sorry.
I forgive your lapse and will let you run my singles ad campaign for this EFNRttP. Keep it clean!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 06, 2009, 09:26:34 pm
Yes, I am an embarrassing failure in this regard - sorry.
I forgive your lapse and will let you run my singles ad campaign for this EFNRttP. Keep it clean!

"The Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub - so many men, so few women!"
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: nuttycyclist on October 07, 2009, 12:48:14 am
Yes, I am an embarrassing failure in this regard - sorry.
I forgive your lapse and will let you run my singles ad campaign for this EFNRttP. Keep it clean!

"The Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub - so many men, so few women!"

... and if he sobers up, one fewer nutty than currently looking at the screen.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 12, 2009, 07:19:10 pm
I have organised myself a WAG. Will others be present?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 22, 2009, 10:48:34 am
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/SexySanta.jpg)

Over on the  Mid Essex Mid-week Nocturnal thread (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=22529.195) I was appointed organsior of the Christmas do.  Ordinarily I will not even mention the C word until December let alone do any planning. However, I might make an exception as this event is very important  ;D

I had intended to organise a piss up in a brewery and after exhaustive research discovered the White Hart at Stebbing has a micro brewery bolted on.  Unfortunately the White Hart turned out to be a bit of a hole so that idea was dismissed.

The pub crawl we had in February (I think it was February , my memory of the event is hazy) was great fun so I wondered if we should have a Christmas pub crawl followed by a curry.  It has been mentioned that Shenfield would be a good place to start and finish due to the train station and a good curry house (can't remember the name).  So ...

1. Is this a good plan?
2. If so, suggest some nice pubs in the Shenfield area that we could grace with our custom
3. Friday 11th December works for me.  How about you?

PS - can we stipulate that the wearing on Santa hats and reindeer antlers etc is compulsory?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on October 22, 2009, 02:27:37 pm
I'm obviously up for it - really enjoyed last year's bash.

I'm happy to do whatever the majority want to do, but seeing as Q1 invites suggestions, I'd say the following:

If we're going to do a crawl, can we keep the number of pubs low? Like I say - I'm happy to do whatever, but bicycle pub crawls in winter can be a pain. By the time you've taken off all your layers (let's face it, it's going to be cold!) and relaxed with your pint, some piss head with a voracious appetite for beer will be going "Right! next pub!" and then you have to force down your pint, winterise yourself again and leave the nice warmth of the pub, then freeze only to repeat shortly afterwards. We could maybe just go to one place like we did last year?

A curry? At Christmas? I would prefer some fine English fair at such a time of year, Sir!

I agree that Shenfield way is the best way to suite most people.

Edit: I do have a santa hat with flashing light thingy on top somewhere  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on October 22, 2009, 03:16:32 pm
We could always stay "winterised" and sit outside ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 22, 2009, 03:41:06 pm
Bobb, you make a fair point.  I was thinking the pub count should be low for the reasons you describe.  The crawl that I barely remember in February went thru 6 pubs and there was a great deal of rigging and de-rigging.  I think we should try a reasonable number of pubs as it involves a bit more cycling and variety adds spice to the evening.

By the way.  My research so far as identified the Crown in Ingatestone (CAMRA guide) and the Bell also Ingatestone (Cask Marque) as possibles.  I know virtually nothing about the Shenfield area or it's pubs so need some local knowledge from others.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 22, 2009, 03:58:01 pm
Just had an idea (the first in 2009).

Why don't we all meet at Chelmsford rail station and cycle to The Viper at Mill Green for a few jars.  We then head off towards Shenfield, stop at another pub along the way then have a curry when we get to Shenfield.  We can then head off home by train.

Christmas cheer, pickled eggs and presents for poor children can be dispensed as we merrily pedal along.

What do we think?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on October 22, 2009, 03:58:52 pm
I haven't been to the Crown or Bell in over 15 years, but I remember them as a bit rough. Ingatestone may appear to be a nice sleepy little town but there are some rough as guts characters there. Tokamak will have better knowledge of the place than me.....

We could just go to The Viper  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on October 22, 2009, 04:01:50 pm
Just had an idea (the first in 2009).

Why don't we all meet at Chelmsford rail station and cycle to The Viper at Mill Green for a few jars.  We then head off towards Shenfield, stop at another pub along the way then have a curry when we get to Shenfield.  We can then head off home by train.

Christmas cheer, pickled eggs and presents for poor children can be dispensed as we merrily pedal along.

What do we think?

Hehe, cross post. Obviously I'd be more than happy to meet at Chelmsford railway station as it's only about 3 minutes away by bike. That lot from Southend way would have to change trains though....
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: FatBloke on October 24, 2009, 10:59:54 am
... some piss head with a voracious appetite for beer will be going "Right! next pub!".
 


I resent that remark!!  >:( >:( >:(

























 ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 27, 2009, 08:51:14 am
This Friday at The Norton: who's going?  What's the plan etc?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on October 27, 2009, 08:54:36 am
This Friday at The Norton: who's going?  What's the plan etc?
I should be there, WAGless! Ride, drink, ride.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on October 27, 2009, 09:04:43 am
This Friday at The Norton: who's going?  What's the plan etc?
I should be there, WAGless! Ride, drink, ride.

So will I, Del. Shall we form a couple?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on October 27, 2009, 09:21:12 am
So will I, Del. Shall we form a couple?
It's either you or Regulator!  :o
What time do you want to leave? I was thinking around 1900 for a solo attempt. Meet you just past the hopstial at whatever time.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 27, 2009, 10:08:05 am
I think you'll look lovely together.  I've always thought you were a match made in Heaven.

I guess we will be departing Witham at around 1900 as well.

See you there   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on October 27, 2009, 10:19:00 am
I think you'll look lovely together.  I've always thought you were a match made in Heaven.
If you get Wow to squint it doesn't count as getting me my Bride from the East!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 27, 2009, 10:38:03 am
I think you'll look lovely together.  I've always thought you were a match made in Heaven.
If you get Wow to squint it doesn't count as getting me my Bride from the East!

Wow as a mail order bride from the Far East.  There's a concept to wrestle with.

Regrettably my Google image search on "geisha girl with Father Christmas beard" did not produce anything of note.

And by the way, I have been underwhelmed by responses to my post regarding plans for the Christmas do.  And I posted a picture of Wow and " a niece" to get you in the Xmas spirit.  Am I to post yet more titillating photos in order to get a response?  Surely not!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on October 27, 2009, 10:40:34 am
And by the way, I have been underwhelmed by responses to my post regarding plans for the Christmas do.  And I posted a picture of Wow and " a niece" to get you in the Xmas spirit.  Am I to post yet more titillating photos in order to get a response?  Surely not!
I'm with bobb, just go to the Viper.  :thumbsup:
K.I.S.S.

edit: ...and post some more titillating photos.  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 27, 2009, 10:47:49 am
And by the way, I have been underwhelmed by responses to my post regarding plans for the Christmas do.  And I posted a picture of Wow and " a niece" to get you in the Xmas spirit.  Am I to post yet more titillating photos in order to get a response?  Surely not!
I'm with bobb, just go to the Viper.  :thumbsup:
K.I.S.S.

edit: ...and post some more titillating photos.  ;)

If that fits with the Southend branch it works for me!

PS - how do you get one of those little flaps into a post so you can put something naughty underneath?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on October 27, 2009, 10:50:02 am
PS - how do you get one of those little flaps into a post so you can put something naughty underneath?
(click to show/hide)


Edit: replace the <> with []

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Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 27, 2009, 10:57:11 am
Is there an icon?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on October 27, 2009, 11:02:28 am
I'm with bobb, just go to the Viper.  :thumbsup:

What, for din dins?

I'm not sure they serve grub in the evenings. Maybe I'll have to ride out there this arvo to find out  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 27, 2009, 11:04:40 am
Right then, after much faffing, here is a NOT EXACTLY SAFE FOR WORK image to get some of you in the Christmas spirit:

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So, anymore thoughts on the Christmas do???
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 27, 2009, 11:11:52 am
I'm with bobb, just go to the Viper.  :thumbsup:

What, for din dins?

I'm not sure they serve grub in the evenings. Maybe I'll have to ride out there this arvo to find out  :P

Is there a curry establishment within striking distance of The Viper?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on October 27, 2009, 11:17:49 am
Is there a curry establishment within striking distance of The Viper?
There's a place called Nirvana in Ingatestone, don't know if it's any good though as I just found it on google maps. Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.672848,0.38553&spn=0.006813,0.015428&z=16&iwloc=lyrftr:m,463442013833772708,51.671517,0.385809)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on October 27, 2009, 11:33:44 am
There's always the Cricketers* if we wanted to make it a pub crawl. It's a whopping full half mile from the Viper  :P

*Last time I was in there I thought it was over priced ponceyness. But I seem to recall someone telling me recently that it's changed hands.....
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on October 27, 2009, 04:06:32 pm
And by the way, I have been underwhelmed by responses to my post regarding plans for the Christmas do.  

Well, Sir. I can change all that!!

Today, in my lunch 3 hours, I did a reconnaissance mission.

Option 1 was a kind of Chelmsford to Shenfield type thing (obviously people can start from wherever they like) but:

Chelmsford station to The Viper: @ 7 miles.

They never have served food in the evening, but I asked the guy behind the bar if they would be for xmas. He didn't know and Land Lord and Lady were out. I doubt very much they will.

I managed to squeeze in a coffee before they shut.

On to The Cricketers : @ 7.5 miles.

The were just closing up, so I couldn't really go in and hassle them, but they did have a board outside saying "Now taking Christmas bookings" The food is good there, if a little pricey. Nice pub too. It's an option.

The Woolpack @ 8miles. Never open. Never been in there.

Wanged it down the hill into Ingatestone @ 9 miles

The Nirvana curry house is barely 50 yards on the right.

It looks pretty nice. Obviously it was shut, so I peered in and could see lots of (mostly round) tables laid out. Looked a bit posh. Or rather poncey. Had a look at the menu and it looked very nice. A little more pricey than your average cuzza. Also loads of stuff on the menu I'd never heard of. Read poncey.

It's certainly an option. EDIT: It's right on the High Street - no idea where bikes could be left securely.

I couldn't be arsed to carry on to Shenfield, so I went down the hill towards Margaretting and crossed over the A12. For a laugh, I thought I'd take a bit of a detour to see what Furze Hill had to offer  :P They are indeed offering Christmas stuff, but I think that may be going a little over the top!!

So I carried on that road and ended up near The Viper again before thrashing down the hill. As I was passing through Loves Green I suddenly had another thought!!!!

What about The Duck at Newney Green?!! They do great food!

Start at Shenfield and do it in reverse. This would also suit people further out who don't live near a main line station.

Start at Shenfield and ride to The Viper. Pint.

Roll down the hill and turn left towards Newney Green just passed the church.

Fox and Hounds (I think?). Pint.

Shimmy across the A414 whizz down to the Duck. (It's pretty much downhill all the way from The Viper) EAT. DRINK.

People can do what ever they like to get back. Ride off into the night, ride back to Shenfield or ride to Chelmsford which is about 4 miles away - much of it on traffic free cycle path (for those feeling a bit wobbly)


Anyway. I intend to do more research over the coming days....

Are you still feeling underwhelmed?  :P


Edit: That was one of the most enjoyable solo rides I have ever done  :)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 27, 2009, 04:22:03 pm
Bobb dear chap, I am now overwhelmed!!!  A recce mission that that quality hasn't been seen since the D-Day landings.  Sir, we salute you!

I liked all your ideas.  After you have continued with your research why don't you hone down the options and present us with the best?  I for one would be delighted to place myself entirely in your quite clearly very capable hands  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on October 27, 2009, 04:25:35 pm
Bobb dear chap, I am now overwhelmed!!!  A recce mission that that quality hasn't been seen since the D-Day landings.  Sir, we salute you!

I liked all your ideas.  After you have continued with your research why don't you hone down the options and present us with the best?  I for one would be delighted to place myself entirely in quite clearly very capable hands  :thumbsup:



Noes! Don't make me organise it! I'm happy to do recces, but whenever I have to organise stuff I get so stressed out I end up on the edge of a nervous breakdown  :'(
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 27, 2009, 04:36:31 pm
Bobb dear chap, I am now overwhelmed!!!  A recce mission that that quality hasn't been seen since the D-Day landings.  Sir, we salute you!

I liked all your ideas.  After you have continued with your research why don't you hone down the options and present us with the best?  I for one would be delighted to place myself entirely in quite clearly very capable hands  :thumbsup:



Noes! Don't make me organise it! I'm happy to do recces, but whenever I have to organise stuff I get so stressed out I end up on the edge of a nervous breakdown  :'(

Fear not my fine friend, fear not.  Just make some recommendations and all will be well  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on October 27, 2009, 04:49:25 pm
OK, I'll do more recces, list them, we have a vote, then you can book it and heard us all  ;D

Once we have more routes/pubs, we should start a new thread so other people (Londonites/East Angularians etc) can be included if they want to come along. I'm looking forward to this work :)

Edit: Of course, other people can suggest things. I suppose our main criteria is that most people will be doing this train assisted (except for the nutters) so the start/finish should be main line/easy stations friendly.

Edit 2: We need to get a move on so we can get booked up
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 27, 2009, 04:52:24 pm
OK, I'll do more recces, list them, we have a vote, then you can book it and heard us all  ;D

Once we have more routes/pubs, we should start a new thread so other people (Londonites/East Angularians etc) can be included if they want to come along. I'm looking forward to this work :)

Edit: Of course, other people can suggest things. I suppose our main criteria is that most people will be doing this train assisted (except for the nutters) so the start/finish should be main line/easy stations friendly.

That's exactly what I had in mind  :thumbsup:  See?  You're a genius!

Enjoy your work   ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on October 29, 2009, 10:54:13 pm
I think you'll look lovely together.  I've always thought you were a match made in Heaven.

I guess we will be departing Witham at around 1900 as well.

See you there   :thumbsup:

There's a very good chance I'll be able to join you on this one.  Would that be 19:00 from your garage door?

Do you have a route in mind?  Obviously the Stow Maries route (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Stow-Maries) we did a couple of weeks back would be very easily adaptable - only about 12.5 miles IIRC.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 30, 2009, 09:08:44 am
I think you'll look lovely together.  I've always thought you were a match made in Heaven.

I guess we will be departing Witham at around 1900 as well.

See you there   :thumbsup:

There's a very good chance I'll be able to join you on this one.  Would that be 19:00 from your garage door?

Do you have a route in mind?  Obviously the Stow Maries route (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Witham-Stow-Maries) we did a couple of weeks back would be very easily adaptable - only about 12.5 miles IIRC.

You're not suggesting you share my WAG are you?  I can think of several flaws in that plan.

Providing your intentions are entirely honourable then 1900 hrs round the back of ours would be most agreeable.

Yes, an adaptation of the Stow Maries route would be good.  I have programmed the Garmin and it works out at 13.6 miles which sounds about right.  The pace will be sedate as The Current Mrs R is still suffering from the exertions of Wednesday night - she really must get out more!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on October 30, 2009, 03:24:02 pm
... 1900 hrs round the back of ours would be most agreeable.

Super - I shall come and loiter at the appointed hour then.

Quote
Yes, an adaptation of the Stow Maries route would be good.  I have programmed the Garmin and it works out at 13.6 miles which sounds about right.  The pace will be sedate as The Current Mrs R is still suffering from the exertions of Wednesday night - she really must get out more!

Did you plan on Hoe Mill Lock --> Woodham Walter --> Tom Tit Lane --> Woodham Mortimer --> Cock Clarks and down from there to Cold Norton?  ISTR that on the Stow Maries ride, you remarked that the bit past the Hurdlemaker's wasn't the route you'd been thinking of that time.

(Or were you intending to subject your good lady wife to North Hill?)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 30, 2009, 03:29:59 pm
... 1900 hrs round the back of ours would be most agreeable.

Super - I shall come and loiter at the appointed hour then.

Quote
Yes, an adaptation of the Stow Maries route would be good.  I have programmed the Garmin and it works out at 13.6 miles which sounds about right.  The pace will be sedate as The Current Mrs R is still suffering from the exertions of Wednesday night - she really must get out more!

Did you plan on Hoe Mill Lock --> Woodham Walter --> Tom Tit Lane --> Woodham Mortimer --> Cock Clarks and down from there to Cold Norton?  ISTR that on the Stow Maries ride, you remarked that the bit past the Hurdlemaker's wasn't the route you'd been thinking of that time.

(Or were you intending to subject your good lady wife to North Hill?)

Don't loiter (particularly if you've got your silly torch bolted onto yer hat), we live in a nice neighbourhood and I don't want the likes of you dragging house prices down.  Come and bang on the back door if there are no signs of life out the back.

Yes, you have the route correct.  And no, I wasn't planning on taking my good lady wife up (the) ...















... North Hill  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on October 31, 2009, 12:48:43 am
Just back from the Norton, having ridden there and back in the company of  OD and Mrs OD.

del and wowbagger were in attendance, and Maldon Gold was on tap.

After a tightly fought contest, wowbagger is the undisputed King of Wees (inc. Sphincter Control), and Mrs OD's jugs were discussed.  OD's favourite bathtime activity was also revealed.

27.74 miles in much milder conditions than the last time we took to those roads (en-route to Stow Maries).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on October 31, 2009, 01:31:51 am
I seem to have some extra photographs on my camera!   ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on October 31, 2009, 01:40:44 am
After rather more beer than is good for a chap, I am safely ensconced at home, pint of water to hand.

Another very amusing evening out, at the Norton, a WORKERS' CO-OPERATIVE of a pub, rescued as it was from the jaws of the property developers by the villagers of Cold Norton. As has been written in the Gospel according to St. Mark Oakden, Maldon Gold was on tap. My first pint was decidedly turbid, but tasted perfectly OK.

Has anyone, before Oscar's Dad that is, taken their i-phone into the bog with them to time how long they could wee for? At that point the competitive spirit took over and we were all wazzing to the watch. (Mrs. OD exempted herself from this particular competition & Del also failed to get under starter's orders.)

There was moisture of another kind for the last couple of miles of Del's & my returned home.

35.9 miles for me.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on October 31, 2009, 08:35:47 am
I seem to have some extra photographs on my camera!   ::-)

OD didn't take that to the loo as well did he?  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on October 31, 2009, 09:06:00 am
And how is OD's head this morning?

I THINK WE SOULD ALL SHOUT ON THIS THREAD FOR A WHILE.... ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on October 31, 2009, 09:11:29 am
I seem to have some extra photographs on my camera!   ::-)
OD didn't take that to the loo as well did he?  ;D
Perhaps next time?  ::-)
Here are the officeal piktures and the stolen moments.  :o

essex friday night ride to the pub 0910 (http://www.delthebike.ukfsn.org/epnr0910/)

And how is OD's head this morning?
It would be his bladder we should be larfing at concerned for.

edit: Now on Picasa, Clicky (http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/delthebike/Epnr0910)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Regulator on October 31, 2009, 09:22:16 am
(http://www.delthebike.ukfsn.org/epnr0910/pa311772.jpg)

OD: Can I have another pint?



(http://www.delthebike.ukfsn.org/epnr0910/pa301771.jpg)


Mrs OD: No - you've had enough!



(http://www.delthebike.ukfsn.org/epnr0910/pa301766.jpg)


OD: I'll ignore you all evening if you don't let me...



(http://www.delthebike.ukfsn.org/epnr0910/pa311775.jpg)


Mrs OD: Oh, go on then...but you'll get no sympathy from me in the morning.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on October 31, 2009, 09:30:11 am
Greg, would you like to be my official caption writer and story teller? Top stuff.  :thumbsup:

We could have done with you last night, Wow and myself had to double up on Mark_O as there was a shortage of WAGs!  :o
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 31, 2009, 09:38:17 am
Ahem!  My head is fine thank you.  As we were out on Wednesday night and we are out this lunch time and this evening  :o  with the Cubs  :o   :o  I decided to restrain myself and drank considerably less than some others  :thumbsup:

What a fun evening!  I have had The Current Mrs R out on the tandem TWICE this week and as far as I am concerned cycling doesn't come better than that!  Both last night and Wednesday were brilliant: great company, great beer, great riding, great pubs *, great beer and great weather.

And we have a new project to concentrate on - a S24O in January.  For those that are curious the weeing competition was part of the research for this chilly endeavour, not drunken antics, though it did get a little silly.

All in all a top night.  Looking forward to next Wednesday

* I thought The Norton as a building was uninspiring inside and out - merely functional really.  However, I think it is brilliant that the villagers came together to re-open the pub.  Everyone there was mega friendly and we should go back just to support them.  I hope more villages follow Cold Norton's lead.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 01, 2009, 10:52:08 am
A few things ...

Reg, taking the piss does come with responsibilities.  I hope you will be making strenuous efforts to attend one of these gigs in the very near future (not that we have one organised of course).  Better still, you need to be at our Christmas do.  Then you can take the piss in person  :thumbsup:

Secondly, I forgot to thank Del for his photos.  I'm not sure how you manage it but you always seem to capture the moment!

Thirdly, I mentioned a Suffolk eco pub with micro brewery and campsite on Friday night.   This is it (http://www.edwardstonewhitehorse.co.uk/).   I have dropped them an e-mail to see if their campsite is open in January for our proposed Sub 24 Hour Overnight.  I will keep you posted and set up a separate thread at some point.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on November 01, 2009, 11:02:01 am
OD, I recce'd my two potential xmas routes more thoroughly yesterday. Do you wanna start its own thread?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 01, 2009, 11:07:13 am
OD, I recce'd my two potential xmas routes more thoroughly yesterday. Do you wanna start its own thread?

 The Christmas do now has it's own thread. (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=25670.0)  Bless.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 05, 2009, 12:27:24 pm
A few things ...

Reg, taking the piss does come with responsibilities.  I hope you will be making strenuous efforts to attend one of these gigs in the very near future (not that we have one organised of course).  Better still, you need to be at our Christmas do.  Then you can take the piss in person  :thumbsup:

Secondly, I forgot to thank Del for his photos.  I'm not sure how you manage it but you always seem to capture the moment!

Thirdly, I mentioned a Suffolk eco pub with micro brewery and campsite on Friday night.   This is it (http://www.edwardstonewhitehorse.co.uk/).   I have dropped them an e-mail to see if their campsite is open in January for our proposed Sub 24 Hour Overnight.  I will keep you posted and set up a separate thread at some point.

Good news!  The campsite at The White Horse at Edwardstone is OPEN IN JANUARY!!!  Is it worth my starting a new thread??? 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on November 05, 2009, 01:22:38 pm
Good news!  The campsite at The White Horse at Edwardstone is OPEN IN JANUARY!!!  Is it worth my starting a new thread??? 

 :thumbsup:  We definitely need a "Who wants to freeze their bits off in January" thread.

Count me in.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 05, 2009, 02:35:56 pm
Good news!  The campsite at The White Horse at Edwardstone is OPEN IN JANUARY!!!  Is it worth my starting a new thread??? 

 :thumbsup:  We definitely need a "Who wants to freeze their bits off in January" thread.

Count me in.

SORTED (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=25846.0)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2010, 08:19:30 am
I'm thinking we need another one of these in the foreseeable future.  What do you reckon?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 24, 2010, 08:26:57 am
This is a good idea. I need something to cheer me up.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2010, 09:12:42 am
This is a good idea. I need something to cheer me up.

Thoughts on dates and venues etc?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 24, 2010, 12:45:00 pm
Well, we could do something fairly mundane like meet at the White Hart, Margaretting Tye, or the Hoop, or maybe something more adventurous: train-assisted to Edwardstone (for example) and then cycle home after closing time?

I've got so many holidays coming up that dates might be difficult for me.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2010, 02:44:40 pm
Well, we could do something fairly mundane like meet at the White Hart, Margaretting Tye, or the Hoop, or maybe something more adventurous: train-assisted to Edwardstone (for example) and then cycle home after closing time?

I've got so many holidays coming up that dates might be difficult for me.

Purely on the basis that I have never been to the White Hart I am more than happy to agree this is the destination for our next pub ride.  I could ride to Chelmsford and get the train home.

What does everyone else think?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on March 24, 2010, 03:49:45 pm
As I can't ride, what with having only one functioning arm, I'd be well up for a meet up at a pub in close proximity to a railway station/bus/taxi ride away etc....
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2010, 03:58:05 pm
As I can't ride, what with having only one functioning arm, I'd be well up for a meet up at a pub in close proximity to a railway station/bus/taxi ride away etc....

I could pick you up on the tandem  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on March 24, 2010, 04:14:31 pm
As I can't ride, what with having only one functioning arm, I'd be well up for a meet up at a pub in close proximity to a railway station/bus/taxi ride away etc....

I could pick you up on the tandem  ;D

The wonderful staff at Broomfield are already pissed off with me - I don't want to make it worse!!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2010, 04:28:36 pm
As I can't ride, what with having only one functioning arm, I'd be well up for a meet up at a pub in close proximity to a railway station/bus/taxi ride away etc....

I could pick you up on the tandem  ;D

The wonderful staff at Broomfield are already pissed off with me - I don't want to make it worse!!

Tut, tut.  Clearly they have a low tolerance for silliness   ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 25, 2010, 01:41:25 pm
Well, we could do something fairly mundane like meet at the White Hart, Margaretting Tye, or the Hoop, or maybe something more adventurous: train-assisted to Edwardstone (for example) and then cycle home after closing time?

I've got so many holidays coming up that dates might be difficult for me.

Purely on the basis that I have never been to the White Hart I am more than happy to agree this is the destination for our next pub ride.  I could ride to Chelmsford and get the train home.

What does everyone else think?

I think you're being incredibly lazy!  'sonly ~16 miles!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 25, 2010, 01:47:54 pm
 ::-) I take it you are up for said venture?  Would it help everyone if I was to suggest a date?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 25, 2010, 02:23:33 pm
Me?  Up for a pub ride?  With my reputation?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 25, 2010, 03:22:33 pm
How does Friday 16th April grab everyone???
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 25, 2010, 11:37:10 pm
That's problematic for me. It's not impossible - but we are coming home from Sconny Botland on a sleeper that morning and doing a WARTY on the Saturday. I think I might need my bed.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 26, 2010, 07:38:53 am
Wow, is there a Friday night that would suit you better?  Wouldn't be the same without you.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 26, 2010, 06:59:17 pm
I reckon St. George's Day would be a good one. I could bring a leek.

It's all these holidays I booked for myself.

Actually, I can just see you wearing mail and draped in the Flag, OD. This sounds like a must-do... ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 26, 2010, 07:29:39 pm
When is St George's Day?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 26, 2010, 07:32:31 pm
When is St George's Day?
It's the Friday that Wow wants to go out.  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 26, 2010, 07:45:07 pm
You're forcing me to check my Early Learning Centre diary.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 26, 2010, 07:52:06 pm
You're forcing me to check my Early Learning Centre diary.
It's the same day that King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 1661.
HTH  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 26, 2010, 07:57:25 pm
You've clearly survived hibernation. Welcome back Del. I remember the Blue Peter team putting their tortorise in a straw filled box each year. Did you undergo the same process?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 26, 2010, 07:59:20 pm
You've clearly survived hibernation. Welcome back Del. I remember the Blue Peter team putting their tortorise in a straw filled box each year. Did you undergo the same process?
Those Blue Peter bods have soft hands!  :o
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 26, 2010, 08:03:54 pm
Lesley Judd!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 26, 2010, 08:18:09 pm
23rd April.

When Gentlemen of England Now Abed
Will think themselves accursed they were not there.

(That was actually St. Crispin's Day whenever that is).

Edit: I've just googled St. Crispin's Day and discovered it's Mrs. Wow's birthday. I reckon I'd have probably stayed in bed. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 27, 2010, 09:11:58 pm
Oooh!  April 23rd?  How fortuitous -- mrs_o was planning to turf me out for the evening anyway that day.

Guess that's me signed up for an outing on the Turkish patron Saint's day.  Are kebabs on the menu?

Can we find a decent "Dragon" named pub somewhere convenient for all?  The only one I've been to is the Green Dragon at Young's End between Gt. Leighs and Gt. Notley. 

We did ride past a "George and Dragon" pub/restaurant last Weds, just north of Kelvedon, but it looked a bit posh and restaurant-y for a bunch of sweaty cyclists to arrive at for one of these events.  There is apparently another George and Dragon at Mountnessing (http://www.thegeorgeanddragonbrentwood.co.uk/), but that also looks food-oriented and posh.  :-\
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on March 27, 2010, 09:38:12 pm
... Googling around, there's also a "the George" pub at Shalford (http://www.thegeorgeshalford.co.uk/), but that's maybe bit too far North for our Southenders.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on March 28, 2010, 09:58:14 am
I've not been in there for a year or so, but the Green Dragon at Youngs End is/was very good.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 28, 2010, 10:13:13 am
I've not been in there for a year or so, but the Green Dragon at Youngs End is/was very good.

The Green Dragon, Youngs End is the HQ of the Mid-Essex National Cycle Network Ranger Group of which I hold the office of Benign Dictator.  More than happy to go there.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 28, 2010, 04:52:04 pm

We did ride past a "George and Dragon" pub/restaurant last Weds, just north of Kelvedon, but it looked a bit posh and restaurant-y for a bunch of sweaty cyclists to arrive at for one of these events.  

Found the place  on the web (http://www.georgeanddragonkelvedon.co.uk/index.php).  I don't think we're quite what the owners had in mind when they spent the £thousands they have clearly spent on the place.  However, I might let The Current Mrs R take me there one day.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 21, 2010, 08:15:04 am
I say chaps and ladies, the next ride is THIS FRIDAY , I've got my pass and I'm raring to go.  Thus far the venue is the Green Dragon at Youngs End (near Braintree, CM77 8QN), the venue was chosen cos it's St George's Day.  However, I personally don't mind a change of venue that suits people better.

Who's in?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 21, 2010, 08:52:07 am
I say chaps and ladies, the next ride is THIS FRIDAY , I've got my pass and I'm raring to go.  Thus far the venue is the Green Dragon at Youngs End (near Braintree, CM77 8QN), the venue was chosen cos it's St George's Day.  However, I personally don't mind a change of venue that suits people better.

Who's in?

I'm in.

Happy with the Green Dragon, or elsewhere1.

Need to find some appropriate St Georges tat to adorn myself/bike with. 

As usual, I'll b settign off either form Witham at ~19:15 or from Chelmsford at 19:00, dependign on venue/route.


1. There's a small chance that I'll be on-call that evening, so would need to be within one hour's rush in distance from home (that hour could be riding time or rail+ride though...).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 21, 2010, 08:59:22 am
Who's in?
I could be in, expect me when you see me.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 21, 2010, 09:04:35 am
Oaky, we shall expect nothing less than full armour, shield and sword together with tame dragon.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 21, 2010, 09:27:28 am
Oaky, we shall expect nothing less than full armour, shield and sword together with tame dragon.

I'll be coming from work -- do you think a hacksaw will be enough to help me bag one of these?:-

(http://cache.virtualtourist.com/2984330-City_of_London_Dragon-London.jpg)

Will my 36h, sputnik rimmed,  Spa-built rear wheel take it?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 21, 2010, 09:30:27 am
^^^ I think you should try  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on April 21, 2010, 05:59:23 pm
I haven't ruled it out yet. Watch this space...







Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 22, 2010, 01:36:41 pm
My Lake SPD sandals have turned up.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 22, 2010, 01:38:25 pm
My Lake SPD sandals have turned up.
You should send them back.  :o Mine haven't deformed at all.  ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on April 22, 2010, 01:38:51 pm
It's too cold for sandals today.

I wore mine a couple of days ago but it was warmer then. Sunday and Monday are looking hopeful for the sandals experience again, but I expect to be in my boots for a couple more days.

I, too, am a possible for the Ride to the Pub this Friday (although I may be at the pub when you arrive, rather than riding with you all to it), but it depends on dog-sitting duties.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 22, 2010, 01:39:45 pm
My Lake SPD sandals have turned up.

They would be completely inappropriate wear for St Georges day.

ditto denim rainlegs.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on April 22, 2010, 01:46:44 pm
I could easily get to The Green Dragon tomorrow evening so count me in. It's been a while since I've seen any of you guys!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 22, 2010, 02:00:04 pm
I could easily get to The Green Dragon tomorrow evening so count me in. It's been a while since I've seen any of you guys!

Wooo!

Are you bringing the beard?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on April 22, 2010, 02:08:04 pm
Do keep up (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=235.msg597294#msg597294).  ::-) :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 22, 2010, 02:08:48 pm
Do keep up (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=235.msg597294#msg597294).  ::-) :P
So young Tokamak how long have you had a cat?  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 22, 2010, 02:20:54 pm

It's too cold for sandals today.


If it's cold I can always wear them with socks and my kinky neoprene rubber booties.

Oaky dear heart, should I meet you off the train in Witham or will you be getting off at Chelmsford?  And, have you seen chief, is he coming too?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 22, 2010, 02:23:59 pm

It's too cold for sandals today.


If it's cold I can always wear them with socks and my kinky neoprene rubber booties.

Oaky dear heart, should I meet you off the train in Witham or will you be getting off at Chelmsford?  And, have you seen chief, is he coming too?

I'll see chief tonight - will check with him then.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 22, 2010, 02:25:33 pm
Do keep up (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=235.msg597294#msg597294).  ::-) :P

Sheesh -- I thought the whole point of the sexy-aero-slippery new TT bike was to make up for the extra drag caused by the face-fuzz.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 22, 2010, 02:26:23 pm

It's too cold for sandals today.


If it's cold I can always wear them with socks and my kinky neoprene rubber booties.

Oaky dear heart, should I meet you off the train in Witham or will you be getting off at Chelmsford?  And, have you seen chief, is he coming too?

I'll see chief tonight - will check with him then.

Tell him there's a decent sized carpark so Mrs chief will be able to drop him off easily enough.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 22, 2010, 04:35:09 pm
It had been bugging for ages as to what this reminded me of:-

(http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs457.ash1/25130_364862753002_688973002_3696091_7678118_n.jpg)

until just now.

It's the bearded Arthur Dent on the pre-historic Earth 2, at the start of "Life, the Universe and Everything" (or possibly the end of "Restaurant at the End of the Universe").

I can't find a picture on teh interwebs to prove this though :(
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 22, 2010, 04:58:02 pm
What's your name earthman?
Dent, Tokamak Dent.
(http://www.delthebike.ukfsn.org/images/tdent.jpg)
edit:
Not for the faint hearted. In my winter plumage.
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Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 22, 2010, 05:14:07 pm
Cheers Del - that is indeed exactly the one I was thinking of! :)  :thumbsup:

(click to show/hide)

This one's easy:- 
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Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on April 22, 2010, 05:19:45 pm
Goodness me, those beards are frightening! Remember, chaps, all that Gillette advertising isn't on the TV for nothing. The Blade Is Your Friend.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 22, 2010, 05:20:49 pm
This one's easy:- 
I do believe that it's Wilf Lunn, crazy bike inventor.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 22, 2010, 05:21:55 pm
There are some dodgy looking characters on this forum.  Damn good job this isn't on the Internet.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 23, 2010, 01:35:20 am
OK I shall be setting off for the Green Dragon from Witham at 7:15-ish, depending on the whim of National Express East Anglia, naturally.

should be a good one :)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 23, 2010, 07:18:47 am
I should be at Youngs End 2000-2030.
Thanks for the invite, AH and Wow, but I have some stuff to do here before I can go out and play.  :(
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 23, 2010, 07:35:38 am
OK I shall be setting off for the Green Dragon from Witham at 7:15-ish, depending on the whim of National Express East Anglia, naturally.

should be a good one :)  :thumbsup:

Super, I'll meet you at the station. I don't think I'll have difficulty spotting you since you will be in full armour.

How did the oven cleaning go?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 23, 2010, 07:38:44 am
Super, I'll meet you at the station.
What time do you expect to get to YE? I might be able to meet at the station too!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 23, 2010, 07:45:17 am
Super, I'll meet you at the station.
What time do you expect to get to YE? I might be able to meet at the station too!

It will take less than an hour to get there. The National Cycle Network goes right past it so there are signs to follow - see Sustrans has it's uses!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 23, 2010, 08:05:32 am
It will take less than an hour to get there.
I'll stick with my original plan and head straight to the pub to save any unnecessary waiting.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 23, 2010, 09:03:52 am
OK I shall be setting off for the Green Dragon from Witham at 7:15-ish, depending on the whim of National Express East Anglia, naturally.

should be a good one :)  :thumbsup:

Super, I'll meet you at the station. I don't think I'll have difficulty spotting you since you will be in full armour.

How did the oven cleaning go?

It's gleaming like a shiny thing that's just been vigorously buffed.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 23, 2010, 09:06:16 am
OK I shall be setting off for the Green Dragon from Witham at 7:15-ish, depending on the whim of National Express East Anglia, naturally.

should be a good one :)  :thumbsup:

Super, I'll meet you at the station. I don't think I'll have difficulty spotting you since you will be in full armour.

How did the oven cleaning go?

It's gleaming like a shiny thing that's just been vigorously buffed.

Blimey, you must have been working late, curry and oven cleaning  :thumbsup:

"Cleaning the oven for your missus" isn't a euphemism for something else is it?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on April 23, 2010, 09:08:37 am
Wow and I expect to get there before 6pm so will hang around aimlessly waiting for you lot.

We may eat our dinner before y'all arrive - or are you planning to eat when you get there? Or is it just drinking?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 23, 2010, 09:10:59 am
Wow and I expect to get there before 6pm so will hang around aimlessly waiting for you lot.

We may eat our dinner before y'all arrive - or are you planning to eat when you get there? Or is it just drinking?

I'm not planning to eat but Oaky might as he won't have been home first.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 23, 2010, 11:48:06 am
Wow and I expect to get there before 6pm so will hang around aimlessly waiting for you lot.

We may eat our dinner before y'all arrive - or are you planning to eat when you get there? Or is it just drinking?

I'm not planning to eat but Oaky might as he won't have been home first.

I will try to eat something on the way home (mmm... pasties) but may still be on for a snack in ye pubbe --- don't wait for me though as I may be full of pies by then.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 23, 2010, 12:00:40 pm
Super, I'll meet you at the station.
What time do you expect to get to YE? I might be able to meet at the station too!

It will take less than an hour to get there. The National Cycle Network goes right past it so there are signs to follow - see Sustrans has it's uses!

Interestingly, the faulkbourne road (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=B1018%2FBraintree+Rd&daddr=51.827609,0.595493+to:London+Rd&geocode=FcR8FgMdRLwJAA%3B%3BFewhFwMd2PwHAA&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=13&via=1&sll=51.830898,0.576782&sspn=0.068318,0.130806&ie=UTF8&z=13) route is more than a mile shorter than e.g. this alternative (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=B1018%2FBraintree+Rd&daddr=51.812754,0.55275+to:London+Rd&geocode=FcR8FgMdRLwJAA%3B%3BFewhFwMd2PwHAA&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=13&via=1&sll=51.827397,0.563049&sspn=0.068323,0.130806&ie=UTF8&z=13), despite it looking like it should be longer owing to going up through Black Notley and Row green.  Strange - must be all the left/right bendy bits in the latter route.

I assume neither of those is your intended route - I imagine you are planning to go up Peg Millar's Lane (euphemism?) where Google Maps fears to tread ;) then on to Fairstead Rd, and Linderswood Lane?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on April 23, 2010, 12:03:39 pm
Wow and I expect to get there before 6pm so will hang around aimlessly waiting for you lot.

I could go straight from work and beat all of you there (I work in Braintree). Or I could go home first for a change of bike and attire - not that it really matters, but sometimes you know, it's nice to make an effort.  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 23, 2010, 12:08:08 pm
Yes, Peg Millar's, past Humphreys slaughterhouse then right at the T junction.  This OK?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 23, 2010, 12:15:08 pm
Yes, Peg Millar's, past Humphreys slaughterhouse then right at the T junction.  This OK?

Works for me!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 23, 2010, 12:17:20 pm
...and attire...

I find two work best.  Except on unicycles where one is sufficient.

IGMC
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 23, 2010, 12:27:14 pm
Yes, Peg Millar's, past Humphreys slaughterhouse then right at the T junction.  This OK?

Works for me!  :thumbsup:

If we didn't have people waiting for us at The Green Dragon we could have popped into the Square and Compasses for a little rest.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 23, 2010, 12:28:46 pm
If we didn't have people waiting for us at The Green Dragon we could have popped into the Square and Compasses for a little rest.
My route takes me past that pub.  ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 23, 2010, 12:44:54 pm
If we didn't have people waiting for us at The Green Dragon we could have popped into the Square and Compasses for a little rest.
My route takes me past that pub.  ::-)

Are you likely to be tired by the time you get there?

And, I have just looked up St George on the interweb.  Wikipedia says ...

Quote

Saint George (ca. 275/281 – 23 April 303) was, according to tradition, a Roman soldier and priest in the Guard of Diocletian, who is venerated as a Christian martyr. In hagiography Saint George is one of the most venerated saints in the Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, and the Eastern Catholic Churches. He is immortalized in the tale of Saint George and the Dragon and is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. His memorial is celebrated on 23 April, and he is regarded as one of the most prominent military saints.

Saint George is the patron saint of Aragon, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut, Fakiha, Bteghrine, Cáceres (Spain), Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Milan, Pomorie, Preston, Salford, Qormi, Rio de Janeiro, Lod, Barcelona and Moscow, as well as a wide range of professions, organizations, and disease sufferers.


One hopes that commemorative pub rides are also taking place in Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut, Fakiha, Bteghrine, Cáceres (Spain), Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Milan, Pomorie, Preston, Salford, Qormi, Rio de Janeiro, Lod, Barcelona and Moscow.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 23, 2010, 12:49:30 pm
Are you likely to be tired by the time you get there?
Very tired, faint even, I may have to sit down!  (especially if there are other bikes outside)  ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 23, 2010, 12:55:17 pm
Are you likely to be tired by the time you get there?
Very tired, faint even, I may have to sit down!  (especially if there are other bikes outside)  ::-)

OK, we will swing by to check. 

Shame today isn't next Friday as I would have done my first aid course by then.  If you needed medical assistance I would be qualified to make you better  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 23, 2010, 12:58:25 pm
Shame today isn't next Friday as I would have done my first aid course by then.  If you needed medical assistance I would be qualified to make you better  :thumbsup:
Don't worry my haemorrhoids aren't going anywhere quickly!  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 23, 2010, 01:01:34 pm
Shame today isn't next Friday as I would have done my first aid course by then.  If you needed medical assistance I would be qualified to make you better  :thumbsup:
Don't worry my haemorrhoids aren't going anywhere quickly!  :P

Easy, I never go anywhere without at least one pair of rubber gloves and my Leatherman Surge.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: clarion on April 23, 2010, 01:21:46 pm
Salford? :o ??? :o
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 23, 2010, 01:25:20 pm
Salford? :o ??? :o

Good pub quiz question: "What have Salford and Preston got in common with Rio de Janeiro?"
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 23, 2010, 01:28:40 pm
Salford? :o ??? :o

Good pub quiz question: "What have Salford and Preston got in common with Rio de Janeiro?"
Don't 'ave a scooby on wot clazza said?  ???

The carnival runs out of beer and everybody switches to Cinzano?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on April 23, 2010, 02:00:56 pm
You have to look out for impoverished, shanty town dwellers?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on April 23, 2010, 04:50:54 pm
I am not going to make it after all.  :(
Take plenty of pics and have fun all.  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 23, 2010, 04:53:13 pm
Oh mate. That's not good. Next time huh?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on April 23, 2010, 04:56:35 pm
I've got my Tokamak T-shirt on and everything...
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 23, 2010, 05:09:05 pm
I'm getting thirsty already!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 23, 2010, 05:56:24 pm
Definitely sandals weather.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on April 23, 2010, 09:33:55 pm
I am back.

I have suntan!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: chief on April 24, 2010, 12:32:41 am
I was a late comer to this evening so didn't see Auntie H and only briefly had a chance to say hello to токамак before he zoomed off into the countryside.  Wowbagger followed along to the Compasses at Littley Green for a quick recharge before heading back off to Southend again*, impressive mileage indeed. 

Maldon Gold turned out to be the tipple of choice for the evening**  and it did a fine job of re-couping energy expenditure.

Plenty of banter occured in the Compasses. Conversations on the original IBM 1980s keyboards and the way modern spectrum emulators can also now mimic tape noise caused the locals to raise their eyebrows though  ;D

All in all a nice evening out  :thumbsup:

*We owe you a beer  :thumbsup:

** We may have emptied the barrel  :-X
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on April 24, 2010, 01:18:19 am
I got home about 12.35 a.m. - 118 miles for the day.

I rode 32 miles to Youngs Endwhere I met AH, then she and I pootled to Little Totham where I had two pints of Puck's Folly and we each consumed lasagne and chips. Then off to the Mundon Dead Oak Trees where we had chocolate cake and ice cream.

We returned to Young's End where Tokamak gave the pub the thumbs-down so off we went again to Fuller Street to the Square & Compasses where steak pie and chips were consumed. Then a little sojourn to Little Green (more Compasses) where Maldon Gold was to be found.

At 9.30, knowing I still had 30-odd miles to do, I set off.

In the morning I saw a blackcap in the hedge near East Hanningfield and at about 12.15 a.m., near a very busy, noisy road (the A127) I heard a nightingale through the gaps in the traffic.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 24, 2010, 02:10:43 am
Great night.

Diverted to S&C on the basis of texts received.  Diverted again once the eating contingent were fed, off to Littley Green, where there's more room for non-eaters.

1 (one!) pint of Dark Star "Over the Moon" in the S&C, followed by <cough> pints of Maldon Gold in the Compasses1.

I'm guessing around 24/25 miles, since we went the long way round to the S&C from Witham, but since I forgot my computer i won't know until OD checks in.

EDIT:  on the way home, I felt a click from the chain area, so spent the last part of the journey trying hard not to stand up on the pedals in case t went ping.  Inspection this morning shows that caution was definitely in order:-

(http://www.oakden.eclipse.co.uk/mark/bike/yacf/pics/ch1.jpg)
(http://www.oakden.eclipse.co.uk/mark/bike/yacf/pics/ch2.jpg)



1. We may have drank them out of Maldon Gold.  I blame chief - it was his "half" that broke the camel's back.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 24, 2010, 09:37:38 am
Smashing night, thanks folks. 23 miles exactly.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 24, 2010, 10:29:48 am
Smashing night, thanks folks. 23 miles exactly.

Cheers.  ~14 mph?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 24, 2010, 10:35:34 am
Smashing night, thanks folks. 23 miles exactly.

Cheers.  ~14 mph?

13.7 to be precise. Plus a badger that we chased down the road.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 24, 2010, 06:02:58 pm
Smashing night, thanks folks. 23 miles exactly.

Cheers.  ~14 mph?

13.7 to be precise. Plus a badger that we chased down the road.

Oh yes - forgot about the badger chase! :)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on April 27, 2010, 10:13:40 am
EDIT:  on the way home, I felt a click from the chain area, so spent the last part of the journey trying hard not to stand up on the pedals in case t went ping.  Inspection this morning shows that caution was definitely in order:-

That might explain the ticking sound I noticed earlier in the evening then... ???
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on April 27, 2010, 10:51:01 am
EDIT:  on the way home, I felt a click from the chain area, so spent the last part of the journey trying hard not to stand up on the pedals in case t went ping.  Inspection this morning shows that caution was definitely in order:-

That might explain the ticking sound I noticed earlier in the evening then... ???

Not sure - I had a feeling that this only started during the ride home...  I had plenty of other ticking noises from my rear wheel earlier though ;) (I'm still trying to work out what those are).

(Also Chief's front wheel was somewhat bent, and had a bit of noise from it (brake rub and other creaks).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 11, 2010, 05:02:14 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: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 07, 2011, 03:00:37 pm
This thread took some finding as it looks like more than 12 whole months have elapsed since our last EFNRttP (with the exception of the Christmas do)  

So might I suggest a plan?  Before continuing I should point out that I have secured Oaky's permission to do some forward planning so please don't set the US Navy Seals on me for contravening the Geneva Convention on Doing Stuff at Short Notice.

Date and time: Friday 3rd June  :o  1930hrs
Suggested rendezvous pub: Sportsman's Arms, Sportsman's Lane, Hatty Peverel, CM3 2NW
Suggested route: up North Hill stopping at The Rodney, The Generals Arms at the top of North Hill, then right by the pink house and down the hill to The Bell, then The Victoria and finally drop in on Wally at The Cats.

My Grade 4 CSE Maths tells me this is a 6 pub ride.  And yes, I know what happened on the last 6 pub ride I attempted.

Thoughts folks?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on May 07, 2011, 03:18:13 pm
I'll be in Denmark.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 07, 2011, 03:20:19 pm
I'll be in Denmark.

You're excused  :-*
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on May 07, 2011, 09:29:57 pm
Sounds good. And only four days late for my birthday - I'll be 25 again.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: chief on May 07, 2011, 10:20:26 pm
This thread took some finding as it looks like more than 12 whole months have elapsed since our last EFNRttP (with the exception of the Christmas do)  

So might I suggest a plan?  Before continuing I should point out that I have secured Oaky's permission to do some forward planning so please don't set the US Navy Seals on me for contravening the Geneva Convention on Doing Stuff at Short Notice.

Date and time: Friday 3rd June  :o  1930hrs
Suggested rendezvous pub: Sportsman's Arms, Sportsman's Lane, Hatty Peverel, CM3 2NW
Suggested route: up North Hill stopping at The Rodney, The Generals Arms at the top of North Hill, then right by the pink house and down the hill to The Bell, then The Victoria and finally drop in on Wally at The Cats.

My Grade 4 CSE Maths tells me this is a 6 pub ride.  And yes, I know what happened on the last 6 pub ride I attempted.

Thoughts folks?

I'll need to look at the stars and consult Microsoft Outlook to plan that far ahead but in principle, jawohl  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 08, 2011, 08:29:26 am
By the way, The Current Mrs R is coming too  :thumbsup: so hopefully some other wives, husbands, boy friends, girl friends, pets, life coaches, Thai mail order brides, inflatable companions or random strangers picked up along the way can make it.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on May 08, 2011, 08:31:26 am
By the way, The Current Mrs R is coming too  :thumbsup: so hopefully some other wives, husbands, boy friends, girl friends, pets, life coaches, Thai mail order brides, inflatable companions or random strangers picked up along the way can make it.

I'm sure the Current Mrs. R will be delighted to b lumped in with that lot.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 08, 2011, 08:33:31 am
By the way, The Current Mrs R is coming too  :thumbsup: so hopefully some other wives, husbands, boy friends, girl friends, pets, life coaches, Thai mail order brides, inflatable companions or random strangers picked up along the way can make it.

I'm sure the Current Mrs. R will be delighted to b lumped in with that lot.

I was trying to be inclusive, it is after all, a broad church in which we worship  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on May 08, 2011, 09:11:11 am
Been a while, so if I'm around you can expect my presence  :)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: fboab on May 08, 2011, 06:43:09 pm
Maybe.

I'll see if I can find Mr Right (http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Right-When-You-Need/dp/0762412275) to bring along too.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Tomsk on May 08, 2011, 08:42:41 pm
Gotta Randonee or two to organise the next day and so I'll have to bow out of this one :(
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on May 13, 2011, 05:17:22 pm
I just realised that I hadn't yet responded to this, but, as previously discussed, I should be there along with mrs_o
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: huggy on May 20, 2011, 01:31:16 pm
I'll not be out for this one - birthday dinner with the future Mrs H, and already have one pass for the weekend to do Tomsk's saturday ride  :)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 20, 2011, 04:16:55 pm
I'll not be out for this one - birthday dinner with the future Mrs H, and already have one pass for the weekend to do Tomsk's saturday ride  :)

Bring her with you!  It will be a birthday she'll remember for years to come!!!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 01, 2011, 08:21:08 am
Just a reminder ...

IT'S THIS FRIDAY!!!
 ;D :o ;D :-*
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on June 01, 2011, 08:22:24 am
Just a reminder ...

IT'S THIS FRIDAY!!!
 ;D :o ;D :-*


It's still Wednesday here.  Which timezone are you in?  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 01, 2011, 08:25:15 am
Just a reminder ...

IT'S THIS FRIDAY!!!
 ;D :o ;D :-*


It's still Wednesday here.  Which timezone are you in?  :P

I'm just making sure nobody forgets!

Oops sorry!  Have I fallen foul of the "no forward planning" rule AGAIN!!!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: huggy on June 01, 2011, 09:20:24 am
I'll not be out for this one - birthday dinner with the future Mrs H, and already have one pass for the weekend to do Tomsk's saturday ride  :)

Bring her with you!  It will be a birthday she'll remember for years to come!!!

The suggestion was made but 'politely' turned down citing current health condition and wishing to see her next birthday  :o
I'm sure you'll all have a wonderful time even if you can't remember that you did on Saturday morning  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 01, 2011, 08:29:45 pm
Just been to see The Hangover 2. I'm sure its not an omen and I'm sure there's nothing to worry about.

Very funny film but don't take your granny!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on June 03, 2011, 06:30:19 pm
So .... it's still 7:30 rendezvous?  Meeting in the Sportsman's (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.764534,0.60148&spn=0.022151,0.054502&z=14&layer=c&cbll=51.764534,0.60148&panoid=JcYuqr16eVcKz72aRdyO5g&cbp=12,77.67,,0,2.69) then on via OD's route (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12973.msg934590#msg934590)?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 03, 2011, 06:35:21 pm
Yes!  I am carb loading right now in preparation!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 03, 2011, 09:15:23 pm
Me un Oaky are at pub #3. All you folks that haven't turned up cos you've got mega rides tomorrow don't know what you're missing!  There are people out there taking their cycling way too seriously!!!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on June 04, 2011, 12:05:20 am
Home at 23:30.  6 pubs, 2 north hill ascents, one broken spoke, a few miles of one legged pedalling between pubs 4 and 6 (just for sh1ts and giggles) and a lovely night.  A fantastic ride in lovely weather in great company.

Pity the rest of the Essex Massive were curling their pit-hair (or touching up their vajazzles or whatever) ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 04, 2011, 09:24:39 am
Smashing night out!  Our route (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/89958246).  A small navigational challenge saw us nearly missing pubs 4 and 5.  And, after enjoying the delights of pub 6 (The Cats) I got on my machine and promptly fell off it.  Much giggling from me whilst lying on my back with Claud on top of me.

The big question is ... where were the rest of you!!!  You missed a grand night out!!!

Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: токамак on June 06, 2011, 01:08:54 pm
Hey chaps, sounds like fun. I might have got out were it not for some essential maintenance work I needed to complete on my racing bike (fitting new tubular tyres). I'm sure old hands could have made a quick job of it, but it's quite fiddly and I didn't want to stuff it up so I took my time. On the plus side, I did set a new PB for 10 miles on Saturday - 22:06, probably wouldn't have managed that if I'd been out on the razzle with you lot!  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 06, 2011, 04:04:37 pm
Hey chaps, sounds like fun. I might have got out were it not for some essential maintenance work I needed to complete on my racing bike (fitting new tubular tyres). I'm sure old hands could have made a quick job of it, but it's quite fiddly and I didn't want to stuff it up so I took my time. On the plus side, I did set a new PB for 10 miles on Saturday - 22:06, probably wouldn't have managed that if I'd been out on the razzle with you lot!  :P

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 26, 2013, 08:55:01 am
We need another one of these.  It's been too long.  Thoughts?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on April 26, 2013, 09:38:55 am
Does anyone fancy a Paglesham Run repeat? It could involve camping at Wallasea Island, if required. There are also campsites and pubs in the Southminster area.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 26, 2013, 09:40:53 am
Does anyone fancy a Paglesham Run repeat? It could involve camping at Wallasea Island, if required. There are also campsites and pubs in the Southminster area.

That sounds excellent.  Tell me more!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on April 26, 2013, 09:53:52 am
https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg74536#msg74536

Quite a while ago, but it was very good.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 26, 2013, 10:21:00 am
https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg74536#msg74536

Quite a while ago, but it was very good.

Sounds great ...

Well, I went out yesterday and came back today.

59 mile round trip to Ratsborough Farm, Southminster.

It's a good camp site and the Essex Boys could do worse than to take tents there on a Friday evening, do the Southminster pubs (there's quite a few) and then bugger off to the Roundbush for a 10 a.m. breakfast of pickled egg & bacon.

Got any dates in mind?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on April 26, 2013, 10:55:24 am
At this stage, no. I have certain irons in fires which are as yet unbaked (or something). However, this could easily be a Late Season tourette, when the fact that the sun sets relatively early just means that we get to the pub sooner...
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 26, 2013, 11:07:25 am
That's fine.  We are quite busy at the moment so something in September(ish) might work.

However, I could easily be up for a non-camping FNRttP between now and us naffing off Stateside in late July.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on April 26, 2013, 11:18:20 am
The Rettendon Bell is very good for food at lunch time, and reasonably priced, but its layout isn't that conducive for session drinking. It's also quite central for Southend and Witham. If you wanted more pubs, then a circumnavigation of Hanningfield Reservoir could include any of:-

The Bell, Rettendon
Windmill, S. Hanningfield
Compasses, W. Hanningfield
Hoop, Bear, Cock, Baker's Arms, Ship, all Stock
Nag's Head, R. Heath
White Horse, R. Heath and finally

a curry at the de Beauvoir Arms, Downham (now more of a curry house than a pub)

before hurtling down Brock Hill for Wickford Station and the last trains home, or a leisurely ride back to our respective mother-in laws' abodes.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 26, 2013, 11:28:25 am
I will cross reference with The Good Beer Guide  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 07, 2013, 02:34:01 pm
I need cheering up (5hit day at work) so my thoughts have turned to forward planning ...

Friday 5th July.

Who fancies joining me on a ride around Colchester ticking off some pubs in the Good Beer Guide?  And, as me and Huggy can attest, those nice people at The Victoria Inn let you bring takeaways (ample local choice)  into their boozer.  They even provide crockery and cutlery on the understanding you'll be sinking lots of beer (other drinks are available).  If there's going to be a few of us they asked that we phone them beforehand, which I'm happy to do.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on June 07, 2013, 05:57:04 pm
My Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub on 5th July will involve arriving at the said pub on the Saturday morning (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=69858.0).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: delthebike on June 07, 2013, 06:00:39 pm
My Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub on 5th July will involve arriving at the said pub on the Saturday morning (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=69858.0).
You'll have to pedal a lot faster to do both rides!  ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on June 07, 2013, 06:09:04 pm
My Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub on 5th July will involve arriving at the said pub on the Saturday morning (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=69858.0).
You'll have to pedal a lot faster to do both rides!  ;)

I'll be on one of those very fast pedalling machines that travel between King's Cross and Northallerton for some of the ride.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on June 07, 2013, 07:15:12 pm
I'll be on one of those very fast pedalling machines that travel between King's Cross and Northallerton for some of the ride.

teethgrinder?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on June 07, 2013, 07:17:56 pm
I'll be on one of those very fast pedalling machines that travel between King's Cross and Northallerton for some of the ride.

teethgrinder?

He doesn't pedal fast. He rides an 86" gear!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 14, 2013, 04:56:01 pm
I need cheering up (5hit day at work) so my thoughts have turned to forward planning ...

Friday 5th July.

Who fancies joining me on a ride around Colchester ticking off some pubs in the Good Beer Guide?  And, as me and Huggy can attest, those nice people at The Victoria Inn let you bring takeaways (ample local choice)  into their boozer.  They even provide crockery and cutlery on the understanding you'll be sinking lots of beer (other drinks are available).  If there's going to be a few of us they asked that we phone them beforehand, which I'm happy to do.

Thoughts?
I'll join you to drink my tap water and tea!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 14, 2013, 05:31:27 pm
Judging by the support received thus far for my latest brilliant idea it might just be you and me!  Not that that's a bad thing  :-*
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Tomsk on June 14, 2013, 06:22:14 pm
Sorry I can't make it - another private view at the Aubrey Gallery on 5th - just their summer exhibition featuring a few of mine...
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 14, 2013, 06:24:09 pm
Sorry I can't make it - another private view at the Aubrey Gallery on 5th - just their summer exhibition featuring a few of mine...

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 01, 2013, 12:04:36 pm
I need cheering up (5hit day at work) so my thoughts have turned to forward planning ...

Friday 5th July.

Who fancies joining me on a ride around Colchester ticking off some pubs in the Good Beer Guide?  And, as me and Huggy can attest, those nice people at The Victoria Inn let you bring takeaways (ample local choice)  into their boozer.  They even provide crockery and cutlery on the understanding you'll be sinking lots of beer (other drinks are available).  If there's going to be a few of us they asked that we phone them beforehand, which I'm happy to do.

Thoughts?

*** BUMP *** BUMP ***

This event is now less than a week away.  Who's coming???

Summary: cycling, beer, curry, possible train ride home.  Comedy off-roading can also be incorporated if required.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on July 01, 2013, 12:08:37 pm
Sadly, or not so sadly, I will be doing all of those things but in Yorkshire.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 01, 2013, 12:14:37 pm
Sadly, or not so sadly, I will be doing all of those things but in Yorkshire.

You are excused.  Have a lovely trip.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 01, 2013, 02:01:35 pm
Monday has so far failed to excite my interest and as I am working from home some forward planning has taken place.

I propose our target unvisited (by me) Good Beer Guide pubs are:

The Fat Cat (65 Butt Road, CO3 3BZ) - "Well established free house with guest ales mainly from East Anglia ... well chosen Belgian specialities"

The New Inn (36 Chapel Street South, CO2 7AX) - "Traditional two-bar back street local that has been transformed into a free house, offering mainly ales from local micros and a fine selection of malt whiskies ... a library  :o ... dogs welcome in the public bar"

In a few days time, once I have a handle on numbers, I will phone the Victoria Inn to ensure they are aware we would like to eat curry and drink (lots of) beer, plus possible pots of tea, in their lovely pub (as endorsed by me and Huggy).

I also have a proposed route (http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=571389) from Witham.  It largely follows NCN1 including the slightly muddy bike path round the back of the zoo.  This is the section shown as a straight line.  There are alternatives.  For the return journey we can either jump on a train or follow the A12 cycle lane or do something entirely different.

What do we think?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on July 01, 2013, 02:47:46 pm
Pretty sure I'll join ye!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 01, 2013, 02:48:54 pm
Pretty sure I'll join ye!

 :thumbsup:

We'll firm up timings closer to Friday.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Christophe on July 01, 2013, 02:52:56 pm
What time is the grand depart from Witham? I'm a 'maybe', largely dependant on start time.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 01, 2013, 02:54:17 pm
What time is the grand depart from Witham? I'm a 'maybe', largely dependant on start time.

Dunno, 7-ish?  What would suit you?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 02, 2013, 09:41:09 am
I'm a tentative "yes" (although I will be riding entirely on roads - specifically ones comprising not less than 50% tarmac!).
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Christophe on July 02, 2013, 11:14:40 am
What time is the grand depart from Witham? I'm a 'maybe', largely dependant on start time.

Dunno, 7-ish?  What would suit you?

I'm on for Friday. Meet at 7.15ish at the Albert near the station?

I'm with Oaky. No comedy off roading or 'muddy bike paths' thanks. :hand:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 02, 2013, 11:16:01 am
What time is the grand depart from Witham? I'm a 'maybe', largely dependant on start time.

Dunno, 7-ish?  What would suit you?

I'm on for Friday. Meet at 7.15ish at the Albert near the station?

I'm with Oaky. No comedy off roading or 'muddy bike paths' thanks. :hand:

Splendid.  Apart from the bit about bike paths  ::-)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: huggy on July 03, 2013, 11:57:06 am
Due to advance planning of Mrs H we are otherwise engaged on Friday evening so I will not be able to join the mud fest, also known as Colchester pub ride & crawl  :(
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 03, 2013, 03:51:59 pm
The Victoria Inn know to expect us at about 2200hrs.  I'm getting excited.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 03, 2013, 06:34:02 pm
Just seen on Facebook that the Victoria Inn have taken delivery of 7 real ciders!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on July 03, 2013, 10:36:32 pm
Just seen on Facebook that the Victoria Inn have taken delivery of 7 real ciders!

You aren't contemplating letting me down, letting YACF down and worst of all, letting yourself down, are you?  :D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 04, 2013, 06:38:42 am
Just seen on Facebook that the Victoria Inn have taken delivery of 7 real ciders!

You aren't contemplating letting me down, letting YACF down and worst of all, letting yourself down, are you?  :D

I set a precedent many moons ago (shame you weren't paying attention  :-*  ) and have always gone for a eclectic selection of drinks whilst out on bicycle expeditions around our local hostelries.  On Tuesday night I enjoyed a pint of Aspalls in one of their nice glasses.  You should expand your mind young Wow, who knows where you might end up!

PS - I should point out that the Vic Inn has it's own cider bar and that CAMRA also supports real ciders.  So there  :P
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 04, 2013, 09:59:18 am
  You should expand your mind young Wow, who knows where you might end up!

Bury St. Edmunds?  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on July 04, 2013, 10:12:48 am
  You should expand your mind young Wow, who knows where you might end up!

Bury St. Edmunds?  ;D

Actually, no. To me, all beers from Bury St. Edmunds taste pretty much the same. Somewhere between South Woodham Ferrers and Maldon would suit me. The Round Bush springs to mind as a perfect dwelling place.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Christophe on July 04, 2013, 01:02:13 pm
Just seen on Facebook that the Victoria Inn have taken delivery of 7 real ciders!

Hmmm. Cider eh? Reminds me of times spent at Norwich Beer Festival. Be careful drinking that stuff. If it's got bits in BEWARE. You'll turn in to a wierdy beardy and take to wearing dead animals on our head and living in the woods.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 04, 2013, 01:22:16 pm
Just seen on Facebook that the Victoria Inn have taken delivery of 7 real ciders!

Hmmm. Cider eh? Reminds me of times spent at Norwich Beer Festival. Be careful drinking that stuff. If it's got bits in BEWARE. You'll turn in to a wierdy beardy and take to wearing dead animals on our head and living in the woods.

OD only does that at weekends.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Christophe on July 04, 2013, 01:42:37 pm

OD only does that at weekends.

Does he swap his sun hat 'n sweatband combo for a racoons tail with snakeskin skull cap?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 04, 2013, 01:45:30 pm
Talking of beardy weirdies, we may be joined by the cycling chapter of CAMRA Colchester.  I gather they might be out on maneuvers.   
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Christophe on July 05, 2013, 02:00:26 pm
7.15 at the Albert tonight?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 05, 2013, 02:01:13 pm
7.15 at the Albert tonight?

Yes indeedy  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on July 05, 2013, 02:17:10 pm
Monday has so far failed to excite my interest and as I am working from home some forward planning has taken place.

I propose our target unvisited (by me) Good Beer Guide pubs are:

The Fat Cat (65 Butt Road, CO3 3BZ) - "Well established free house with guest ales mainly from East Anglia ... well chosen Belgian specialities"

The New Inn (36 Chapel Street South, CO2 7AX) - "Traditional two-bar back street local that has been transformed into a free house, offering mainly ales from local micros and a fine selection of malt whiskies ... a library  :o ... dogs welcome in the public bar"

In a few days time, once I have a handle on numbers, I will phone the Victoria Inn to ensure they are aware we would like to eat curry and drink (lots of) beer, plus possible pots of tea, in their lovely pub (as endorsed by me and Huggy).

I also have a proposed route (http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=571389) from Witham.  It largely follows NCN1 including the slightly muddy bike path round the back of the zoo.  This is the section shown as a straight line.  There are alternatives.  For the return journey we can either jump on a train or follow the A12 cycle lane or do something entirely different.

What do we think?
I see you're doing the really bonkers NCN1 bit through the woodland/nettly path between Layer de la Haye and Maldon Road, Colchester. If I ride the other way to see you I'll take the main road bit as the NCN is hopeless at that point. I may have to confer by phone to make sure I don't miss you on that short diversion!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 05, 2013, 02:39:42 pm
^^^  Sadly  :'(  I think my companions have vetoed the fun bit on the NCN that you describe in far too much detail. 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 05, 2013, 02:51:08 pm
I have already once had the pleasure of the relevant NCN section.

I will not be taking any of my ROAD bikes anywhere near it!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 05, 2013, 02:52:09 pm
I have already once had the pleasure of the relevant NCN section.

I will not be taking any of my ROAD bikes anywhere near it!

I remember we once had an empire.  Now we don't.  Wonder why???   ::-)   ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on July 05, 2013, 03:15:40 pm
I've only just noticed mention of a curry.

When is this? Is it after the pubs? Before?

I might be up for a curry!!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 05, 2013, 03:17:38 pm
I've only just noticed mention of a curry.

When is this? Is it after the pubs? Before?

I might be up for a curry!!

Dear me, you've not been paying attention have you ...?

I need cheering up (5hit day at work) so my thoughts have turned to forward planning ...

Friday 5th July.

Who fancies joining me on a ride around Colchester ticking off some pubs in the Good Beer Guide?  And, as me and Huggy can attest, those nice people at The Victoria Inn let you bring takeaways (ample local choice)  into their boozer.  They even provide crockery and cutlery on the understanding you'll be sinking lots of beer (other drinks are available).  If there's going to be a few of us they asked that we phone them beforehand, which I'm happy to do.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 05, 2013, 03:17:54 pm
I believe the idea is to visit two pubs, then purchase take-away CURRY to eat in a third pub which apparently welcomes such behaviour.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 05, 2013, 03:19:42 pm
BTW - I have gone from being a doubtful 50/50 for tonight to my attendance being more likely than not :)

I'm guessing that it might be prudent to bring a proper lock tonight?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 05, 2013, 03:24:32 pm
Excellent.  I would suggest the following is required to ensure the evening is one of resounding success:

1. Yourself
2.  A decent lock
3.  A sense of adventure
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Christophe on July 05, 2013, 03:37:11 pm
Excellent.  I would suggest the following is required to ensure the evening is one of resounding success:

1. Yourself
2.  A decent lock
3.  A sense of adventure

I'll bring a lock. One out of three ain't bad.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 05, 2013, 03:42:08 pm
I will bring

1. self
2. somewhere between 1.5 and 2.5 kg of Mr Abus's Finest German Steel
3. a route that uses roads
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on July 05, 2013, 03:50:56 pm
I will bring

1. Me & Alfie
2. An empty stomach
3. A Garmin with your route which I can ride in reverse.

Am I to assume you're going to go through Layer-de-la-Haye if you're not doing the NCN1 off-road bit, or are you taking the other, main road through Heckfordbridge (not as nice)?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 05, 2013, 04:02:14 pm
Am I to assume you're going to go through Layer-de-la-Haye if you're not doing the NCN1 off-road bit, or are you taking the other, main road through Heckfordbridge (not as nice)?

I have no idea, I think a bloodless (thus far) coup d'état has taken place and I am no longer responsible for route selection.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 05, 2013, 04:03:03 pm
3. a route that uses roads

something like this in fact (http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=573886)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 05, 2013, 04:05:01 pm
BTW - I kept in the little leg around the roundabout near the end, even though bikeroutetoaster thinks we can go straight on.  I don't know if that was deliberate routing based on local knowledge, or just your normal route mangling methods at play ;)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on July 05, 2013, 04:05:07 pm
Yep, that's the Layer route I was thinking of. Good oh!

I reckon I'll probably meet you either in Colchester or just in Layer, I probably haven't got the energy to ride further!

My cycling chum Mark might also bump into us in one of the pubs.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Auntie Helen on July 06, 2013, 12:20:37 am
A good fun evening.

Here are some images for your delectation.

English tapas at the Fat Cat, Butt Road
(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/IMG_4130.jpg)

And a nice pot 'o tea
(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/IMG_4131.jpg)

Parking the bikes outside the Old New Inn
(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/IMG_4133.jpg)

Three pints
(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/IMG_4135.jpg)

Oscar's Dad relaxes into his shorts
(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/IMG_4137.jpg)

Chicken biryani in a pub with live music!
(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/IMG_4139.jpg)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 06, 2013, 09:44:38 am
An epic night. Fell off on the A12 cyclepath during return journey. Got home at about 2:15am. Somewhat hungover this morning.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Christophe on July 06, 2013, 10:23:46 am
Great night out. My first in a while. Good pubs, great scotch egg and one of the hottest currys I've ever had. Can still taste it this morning. OD got his wish for a spot of comedy off roading together with lots of beer and even a live band for good measure.
OD finished the night sprawled across the A12 cycle path to the delight of myself and Oaky. Feeling it this morning.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 06, 2013, 10:29:26 am
Very good night out and although OD dragged us down Pennsylvania Lane (A Sustrans special ;)), most of the comedy off-roading potential was avoided.

Several decent beers and ciders and a Madras in the pub with live music.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oaky on July 06, 2013, 11:35:34 am
as per one part of the discussion last night: http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2013/07/03/chickens-that-look-like-andy-murray/

Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 06, 2013, 02:04:12 pm
as per one part of the discussion last night: http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2013/07/03/chickens-that-look-like-andy-murray/

Yes, very witty  ::-) (you had to be there!)

Anyhow, I'm feeling a bit better now, thus far most of the day has been somewhat hazy  ;D

Some photos ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/utf-8BSU1HLTIwMTMwNzA1LTAwMjI3LmpwZw_zps2b206b2f.jpg)

Claud ready for some comedy off-roading that largely never happened

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/utf-8BSU1HLTIwMTMwNzA1LTAwMjI4LmpwZw_zps33d7073f.jpg)

AH's backside

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/utf-8BSU1HLTIwMTMwNzA1LTAwMjMwLmpwZw_zpsca7634ed.jpg)

The Queen driving AH to drink

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/utf-8BSU1HLTIwMTMwNzA1LTAwMjM0LmpwZw_zps07150f23.jpg)

The live band at The Victoria Inn (which is quickly becoming one of my favourite pubs)

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/utf-8BSU1HLTIwMTMwNzA1LTAwMjMyLmpwZw_zps6fa78412.jpg)

I have no idea what this event is about but I think we should consider taking part.

It was an epic night.  Thanks to AH, Oaky and Christophe  :-*

PS - about 38 miles, got home at 2:15am
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 06, 2013, 02:18:09 pm
By the way, we've still got 6 Colchester GBG pubs to go  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on July 06, 2013, 02:36:55 pm
Looks like you had a good evening!

I assume you are aware that this coming week is the Chelmsford Summer Beer & Cider Festival 2013 (http://www.chelmsfordcamra.org.uk/viewnode.php?id=7513)?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 08, 2013, 09:07:50 am
If we were to be considering another FNRttP in the coming weeks or months might I point out that there are several Good Beer Guide pubs in Chelmsford that I have yet to tick off. And then there's the Army & Navy flyover ...
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bobb on September 08, 2013, 09:55:59 am
And then there's the Army & Navy flyover ...

I need to get that on Strava  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 08, 2013, 07:14:53 pm
And then there's the Army & Navy flyover ...

I need to get that on Strava  ;D

Oh no, what have I started???  :o
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 26, 2015, 06:40:52 pm
### Boing ###

Just saying like  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: jiberjaber on November 27, 2015, 12:17:49 am
Ping.....
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 10, 2017, 07:01:54 pm
Clear your diaries, Friday 24 March. It's been featured in FORWARD PLANNING for months so you've had plenty of warning. Once again we are raiding Colchester. Details to follow.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Tomsk on March 10, 2017, 07:22:08 pm
 :thumbsup:...So long as I get back for Mothering Sunday!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 10, 2017, 07:26:44 pm
You should be okay. Last time (in 2013) we got back 3am on Saturday.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 10, 2017, 09:00:55 pm
This sounds quite possible. I shall have to look at things like the Last Train Back to Shenfield.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 11, 2017, 07:53:08 am
Splendid!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 11, 2017, 02:12:24 pm
Last train out of Colchester is the 11.03. Which pub do you have in mind, OD?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 11, 2017, 02:40:55 pm
Last train out of Colchester is the 11.03. Which pub do you have in mind, OD?

Pubs  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 11, 2017, 05:58:50 pm
Last train out of Colchester is the 11.03. Which pub do you have in mind, OD?

Pubs  ;D

Is your MiL visiting?
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 12, 2017, 03:35:14 pm
My hope is that we will tour the remaining unvisited 2013 Good Beer Guide pubs in Colchester: Bricklayers, British Grenadier, Live and Let Live and New Town Tavern followed by a curry, hopefully at the Victoria.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: the straggler on March 12, 2017, 05:19:29 pm
The forward planning Friday night ride enables me an ideal short trek after work to join up with you lot of fine ale appreciators. There will be no disaster if I miss my last train at 10.45 pm as I will be left with only 20k ride home.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: tippers_kiwi on March 12, 2017, 09:13:53 pm
The forward planning Friday night ride enables me an ideal short trek after work to join up with you lot of fine ale appreciators. There will be no disaster if I miss my last train at 10.45 pm as I will be left with only 20k ride home.
I'm sure you can DIY that into a 200  ;D

I will aim to be out....brownie point dependant!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 13, 2017, 08:21:17 am
Nice one straggler and tippers.

Its worth pointing out that by pitching up a week on Friday you will be taking part in a historical and cultural event; you might want to mention this fact to any persons living with you whom might be suggesting you shouldn't come along.  The FNRttP pre-dates everything, even yacf, as the first FNRttP was 2007(ish, I will find out the exact date when I can check some photos on my laptop at home). 

We have the chance to reinvigorate a tradition which has been sadly neglected, the last ride being in 2013  :o :'( .  Reading back through this thread brings back some happy memories  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: psyclist on March 13, 2017, 10:56:19 am
24th clashes with the penultimate game of the season for my volleyball team. Even without that, I'm not sure how logistics with a Colchester night out would have worked.

Sounds like a dormant tradition is being reinvigorated though, so hopefully I'll be able to make a future incarnation.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: tippers_kiwi on March 13, 2017, 03:16:49 pm
24th clashes with the penultimate game of the season for my volleyball team. Even without that, I'm not sure how logistics with a Colchester night out would have worked.

Sounds like a dormant tradition is being reinvigorated though, so hopefully I'll be able to make a future incarnation.
From what I have gathered working out how to get home is best done after the curry and several beers  ;D

I have been known to attempt both walking and cycling at that stage. Walking generally ends up with a phone call to Mrs Tippers and sending a location on a map as I have no idea where I am (or I have slept in a bus shelter opposite Colchester station previously) and riding my bike home....well we all know how that ends!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 13, 2017, 04:26:49 pm
In the early Witham mob pub rides, long before the acronym generator had been fired up, I once rode home from the Compasses. Iirc I notched up 118 miles that day, having been riding all day with Auntie Helen. That wasn't a Friday though.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 13, 2017, 04:39:38 pm
Those were the days and sometimes the daze.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Wowbagger on March 14, 2017, 11:06:17 pm
I have realised I am not going to make this. I have something else planed or Saturday which I don't want ballsed up by hangovers & late nights.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 21, 2017, 06:21:27 am
My hope is that we will tour the remaining unvisited 2013 Good Beer Guide pubs in Colchester: Bricklayers, British Grenadier, Live and Let Live and New Town Tavern followed by a curry, hopefully at the Victoria.

Right then chaps, we have A ROUTE (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19701935) which enables the Witham peloton to sweeps up tippers from his house and then takes us to all the pubs mentioned above before depositing the Witham crew back home via the legendary A12 cycle path.

Remember to bring decent locks as I am not sure what the bike parking will be like at each boozer.

So, we're all set for a cultural evening of bicycles, beer and curry following a great tradition established back in the mists of time  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Tomsk on March 21, 2017, 07:20:19 am
Ok, I should be able to get to Witham for the start...19:30 Spa Rd??

I have to be up early and gardening on Saturday...hmmmmm....I think I will either: miss/minimise the beers or bail early and miss the curry  :( not sure which yet. Either way, lots of miles  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 21, 2017, 07:38:13 am
Yes 7:30 at Spa Rd should be fine.

I now have a busier Saturday than originally planned so will attempt to excercise restraint whilst keeping the tradition alive.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Johnny Faro on March 21, 2017, 01:58:29 pm
I should be in but got a busy Saturday so Tomsk happy to accompany you down the A12
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 21, 2017, 02:06:03 pm
Terrific, the more the merrier!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: tippers_kiwi on March 21, 2017, 02:13:50 pm
I better ask for my pass. Considering the sizeable commitment to the family I have signed up for this week I deserve a night out just to calm my nerves.

It is possible Mrs Tippers is engaged at the Yoof Club though which would be mildly annoying.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Johnny Faro on March 21, 2017, 06:18:28 pm
Can I make a radical suggestion that as theres a lot of lightweight about claiming things like a family life etc (myself included) the touted ruby comes earlier in the eve?

Also may need to borrow lockage if I cant get the usual bike sorted out by Friday, would involve bringing the much lighter and therefore faster road bike which unfortunately lacks carrying capacity for much more then a saddle bag and a small one at that.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Tomsk on March 21, 2017, 07:06:43 pm
... the touted ruby comes earlier in the eve?

Seconded, good call  :thumbsup: Curry then homeward run for me, in preference to a few beers and no curry.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: BFC on March 21, 2017, 07:19:08 pm
I'm in, I'll decide on bike on the basis of weather and A12 cyclepath resistant tyres. Beer and curry or curry and beer - both work for me.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2017, 07:21:38 am
Good suggestion Johnny.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: tippers_kiwi on March 22, 2017, 12:58:33 pm
As I feared Mrs Tippers is on duty at the Yoof Club in Tiptree so I am not going to make it....unless I can convince Alys she should come along  ;D
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2017, 01:52:04 pm
Mini tippers is most welcome!
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: the straggler on March 22, 2017, 09:15:08 pm
Just would like to know if there is a rough schedule of pubs visits and what time you are aiming to hit the 1st pub in colchester, so I can plan to meet up.
Cheers.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 23, 2017, 08:01:33 am
I think we will be at the Live and Let Live, Stanway by about 8:30. 
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2017, 01:36:26 pm
Excitement builds, tonight's the night  :thumbsup:

The Witham peloton leaves the Spa Road roundabout at 7:30pm heading east in search of beer and curry ... burp.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: bhoot on March 24, 2017, 04:51:17 pm
We were hoping to join in the fun but I am just too knackered after an all night trip back from Madrid courtesy of EasyJet. I know I suffer sleep deprivation on Audax but this seems worse.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2017, 05:00:39 pm
We were hoping to join in the fun but I am just too knackered after an all night trip back from Madrid courtesy of EasyJet. I know I suffer sleep deprivation on Audax but this seems worse.

Oh dear, you are excused.  There will be other times.
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 24, 2017, 05:23:54 pm
I was wondering when the first Mid-Essex FNRttP was.  My photo archive has revealed this taken at The Hurdlemakers on Friday 2nd May 2008:

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

Present are me, delthebike, Wowbagger, bobb and токамак (seldom of this parish these days which is a real shame).

I must have got a bit pissed as these photos were taken early on Saturday morning by The Current Mrs R on my return to her boudoir:

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/after%20pub%20ride_zpsxu6zyzop.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/after%20pub%20ride%201_zpscmod8p91.jpg)
Title: Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 25, 2017, 10:24:21 am
Yesterday evening went very well no thanks to me!

I got to the Spa Road roundabout early to find BFC and Johnny waiting for me.  Thinking we had a full compliment of riders and bearing in mind Johnny needed to find a cash point I suggested we push off.

When we got to Tiptree we needed to stop as I'd had a text from tippers earlier saying he was now coming out and would meet us on the route I had posted, a route I had amended when I learned tippers wasn't coming out but I couldn't remember what the original route was.  So as I was about to phone him when I noticed a text from Tomsk sent from the Spa Road roundabout - I'd forgotten we were meeting him there!  Anyhow, I got both tippers and Tomsk on the phone and we all met up by the Factory Shop in Tiptree.

The full peloton departed Tiptree to Stanway via a circuitous route I had devised to take in a nice bit of COR I'd spotted on the map.  Suffice to say we were 30 minutes late meeting The Straggler at the Live and Let Live.  The pub was smashing with some friendly locals but after a pint we set off again in search of curry.  tippers took us over some more lovely COR off the Lexden road after which we found curry.

BFC ordered something very hot indeed which seemed to have no effect on him, much to the awe of the restaurant staff.  We also polished off a respectable amount of Cobra.

Then it was home, the A12 cyclepath struck again and we had to stop whilst I attended to Fred's rear tyre.

What with us riding around Charles and Daphne's garden on Wednesday evening I really must get my shit together!