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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #75 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...  :-\
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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #76 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.

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #77 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!!
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #78 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:

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #79 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.

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #80 on: January 23, 2009, 03:08:09 pm »
Whoops! I hope OD can still change route plans, Clicky!

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #81 on: January 23, 2009, 03:11:12 pm »
Whoops! I hope OD can still change route plans, Clicky!

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. 

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #82 on: January 23, 2009, 03:14:11 pm »
Whoops! I hope OD can still change route plans, Clicky!

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, 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.

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #83 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!

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, 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!  ::-)
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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #84 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.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #85 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.

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #86 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? ;)

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #87 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:

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #88 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  :'(
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #89 on: January 24, 2009, 11:21:30 am »
Some of the pictures are here, Clicky, in a slide show format and all of the images will end up in Picasa (see link below). Upload should finish around 1130. 

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #90 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

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #91 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, Rochford, The Cherry Tree, Rochford (the first of our pubs owned by the Oliver family), The Royal Oak, Gt. Stambridge, The Shepherd and Dog, Ballard's Gore, The Punchbowl, Paglesham Church End, and finally, the last pub of the evening and the second Oliver owned pub, The Plough and Sail, 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!
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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #92 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...
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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #93 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

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #94 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.
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I completely agree with Reg.

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #95 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?

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #96 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
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I completely agree with Reg.

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #97 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.

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #98 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

Dates?
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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #99 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?