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Wowbagger

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #175 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.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

TimC

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #176 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...

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #177 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?

Wowbagger

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #178 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
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #179 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.

TimC

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #180 on: March 26, 2009, 02:23:12 pm »
You may call her that; I wouldn't dare! ;D

Wowbagger

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #181 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... ;)
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #182 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.  ;)

TimC

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #183 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.

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #184 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:

Oscar's dad

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #185 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?

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #186 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.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #187 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.

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #188 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 gets the highest rating. Its disadvantage is that it is a grinding slog back up the hill into Stock.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Oaky

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #189 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 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)
You are in a maze of twisty flat droves, all alike.

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TimC

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #190 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?

TimC

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #191 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.

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #192 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) 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.

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #193 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

TimC

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #194 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.

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #195 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?

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Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #196 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.

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #197 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:
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #198 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.

Re: Essex Friday Night Ride to the Pub
« Reply #199 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.