Author Topic: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series  (Read 757540 times)

Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14200 on: November 26, 2019, 09:23:20 pm »
I'm very jealous of all of your ability to get out on a ride. Sadly, real life is stopping me from getting to any of this apart from the evening, and then you're miles away. I shall think of you all in a tedious set of meetings in London tomorrow....

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14201 on: November 26, 2019, 10:08:45 pm »
I'm very jealous of all of your ability to get out on a ride. Sadly, real life is stopping me from getting to any of this apart from the evening, and then you're miles away. I shall think of you all in a tedious set of meetings in London tomorrow....

Speaking personally don’t be too jealous, the gap year will be finished by Monday and I’ll be a wage slave like you again.

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14202 on: November 27, 2019, 09:26:16 am »
Ruby's is highly recommended  :thumbsup:

Perhaps if others are free they could join us there pre-pub...

That's an excellent idea.

If you can let me know your ETA at Ruby's, ( sometime during the day) I'll pop over from  'fandango towers to meet you there. Thanks. :-*

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14203 on: November 27, 2019, 09:49:29 am »
Ruby's is highly recommended  :thumbsup:

Perhaps if others are free they could join us there pre-pub...

That's an excellent idea.

If you can let me know your ETA at Ruby's, ( sometime during the day) I'll pop over from  'fandango towers to meet you there. Thanks. :-*

Will do!

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14204 on: November 27, 2019, 04:16:02 pm »
If anyone is going to be meeting at the usual time at the usual Witham launchpad this route could be followed.
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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14205 on: November 27, 2019, 05:37:08 pm »
I shall do my best to be there, I’m running a little late.

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14206 on: November 27, 2019, 06:13:51 pm »
We will be at the curry place 7ish!

Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14207 on: November 27, 2019, 06:19:46 pm »
I'm very jealous of all of your ability to get out on a ride. Sadly, real life is stopping me from getting to any of this apart from the evening, and then you're miles away. I shall think of you all in a tedious set of meetings in London tomorrow....

Speaking personally don’t be too jealous, the gap year will be finished by Monday and I’ll be a wage slave like you again.
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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14208 on: November 28, 2019, 01:30:57 pm »
Well that was an absolutely splendid 24 hour overnight micro adventure!  You'll find photos spread across various Facebook and Instagram feeds plus Strava but a quick summary...

I found it quite hard given the number of miles I don't have in my legs, we encountered a bit of rolling terrain and Fred was carrying luggage.  After a 'spoons brekkie, me, Tomsk and jibers wandered off heading vaguely north.  We brewed up in Great Yeldham then stopped for a couple of pints at the Lamarsh Lion which I didn't realise is now a community pub and a good one at that.  Despite the niceness of our surroundings jibers saw fit to assault us all with his bare feet whilst he dried his socks on the radiator  ::-)

By now it was dark and I had to stop for an emergency cereal bar as we climbed out of Kelvedon.  I was very pleased to arrive at The Ruby, Tolleshunt Somethingorother.  The ruby was very tasty, jibers seemed to order the entire menu.  We adjourned to the Kings Head, Tollesbury for the usual MEMWNS fare after which me and Tomsk rode off into the night.

'fandango's suggestion to hoon down the Wivenhoe Trail was an excellent one and at about 1am we found a large enough clearing in a wooded area to set up our bivvys, Tomsk even rigged up a tarp (bonus points awarded).  We were right by the railway track so slightly disturbed by a diesel track maintenance train passing by a couple of times and then the commuter trains started running at early knockings.  There was a little rain in the night but despite this and the train activity we both managed a respectable amount of sleep rising from our bivvys at about 7:30am.

We brewed up, my White Box meths stove now deciding to behave after letting me down the previous day, and set off for Clacton via the environs of Jaywick.  Brekkie was had at 'spoons by the pier then we boarded a train for Witham.

24 or so hours well spent in my opinion.  Many and numerous thanks to all those who took part  :-*

Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14209 on: November 28, 2019, 09:37:52 pm »
By now it was dark

That arrived so early in your tale, as though you’d not gone very far since breakfast.

Glad you had some fun before the gravy train arrives again.

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14210 on: November 29, 2019, 10:55:29 am »
By now it was dark

That arrived so early in your tale, as though you’d not gone very far since breakfast.

Glad you had some fun before the gravy train arrives again.

The day did have a strange feel to it as we didn’t get going until after 11am.

Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14211 on: November 29, 2019, 02:07:58 pm »
Sounds like a great adventure for an overnighter. If you look at the Wivenhoe trail again, there is a 'beach' the other side of Wivenhoe that the ColVelo guys have used as a brew up stop previously which would probably work quite well as there is a nice elevated piece of land right next to it as well.

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14212 on: November 29, 2019, 02:58:55 pm »
Sounds like a great adventure for an overnighter. If you look at the Wivenhoe trail again, there is a 'beach' the other side of Wivenhoe that the ColVelo guys have used as a brew up stop previously which would probably work quite well as there is a nice elevated piece of land right next to it as well.

If you use the What 3 Words system it comes up as calendars.triathlon.exposes

Good info!  I really like the Wivenhoe Trail. Our route into Clacton-on-Sea could be improved upon, I went for the direct option thinking we’d be doing it at night but it was a bit busy during the morning.

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14213 on: November 29, 2019, 03:10:37 pm »
Sounds like a great adventure for an overnighter. If you look at the Wivenhoe trail again, there is a 'beach' the other side of Wivenhoe that the ColVelo guys have used as a brew up stop previously which would probably work quite well as there is a nice elevated piece of land right next to it as well.

If you use the What 3 Words system it comes up as calendars.triathlon.exposes

Good info!  I really like the Wivenhoe Trail. Our route into Clacton-on-Sea could be improved upon, I went for the direct option thinking we’d be doing it at night but it was a bit busy during the morning.

I'd like to try out the off road bit after Wivenhoe that Carl was on about some time, might make a nice winter weekend ride with a cafe stop on teh way there and a visit to the Black Buoy and train assist return...
Regards,

Joergen

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14214 on: November 29, 2019, 03:23:17 pm »
Count me in for trails, bridleways etc  :thumbsup: At least once I have built up the bike...
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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14215 on: November 29, 2019, 07:57:19 pm »
I have an appropriate full monty bike for this terrain ready to go, comparable cost to Ted's now defunct Kinesis frame. Not sure how long it will take him to built it up if he is going bespoke with lecky gears.........?
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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14216 on: December 04, 2019, 09:27:57 am »
So tonight was Woolpack, then Orange Tree but I've just seen an announcement that it is The Woolpack's beer festival CAMRA preview night tonight, £2.50/pint for CAMRA members, so suggest we revert to Woolpack for cheep booze??

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The Woolpack , Mildmay Rd, Chelmsford have two beer festivals in December ,
Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th December with Wednesday being CAMRA night with the special price of £2.50 per pint with a valid CAMRA membership card 8pm to 11pm.
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Joergen

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14217 on: December 04, 2019, 09:35:01 am »
So tonight was Woolpack, then Orange Tree but I've just seen an announcement that it is The Woolpack's beer festival CAMRA preview night tonight, £2.50/pint for CAMRA members, so suggest we revert to Woolpack for cheep booze??

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The Woolpack , Mildmay Rd, Chelmsford have two beer festivals in December ,
Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th December with Wednesday being CAMRA night with the special price of £2.50 per pint with a valid CAMRA membership card 8pm to 11pm.
ok, please be aware that we have at least one evening attendee in flight already...once final venue is settled *someone* will need to message the Lung Tester in Chief...
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Off on another r and r today.
Will go to the pub directly tonight.
Cheers
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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14218 on: December 04, 2019, 10:22:33 am »
So tonight was Woolpack, then Orange Tree but I've just seen an announcement that it is The Woolpack's beer festival CAMRA preview night tonight, £2.50/pint for CAMRA members, so suggest we revert to Woolpack for cheep booze??

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The Woolpack , Mildmay Rd, Chelmsford have two beer festivals in December ,
Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th December with Wednesday being CAMRA night with the special price of £2.50 per pint with a valid CAMRA membership card 8pm to 11pm.
ok, please be aware that we have at least one evening attendee in flight already...once final venue is settled *someone* will need to message the Lung Tester in Chief...
Quote from: GS
Off on another r and r today.
Will go to the pub directly tonight.
Cheers

I'll whatsapp him... (if it works)
Regards,

Joergen

Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14219 on: December 04, 2019, 12:15:19 pm »
I'm out in London this evening, hence went to an alternative venue last night instead ... Brewery Tap in Furneux Pelham. It's a freehouse with a clearly passionate landlord who cares about the beers on tap. We were also treated to half the venue being taken over by a wreath building class ... if we'd known in advance we might have partaken.

Hoping for a mild spell next Wednesday for the trek across to Witham.

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14220 on: December 04, 2019, 01:53:55 pm »
The Woolpack's beer festival CAMRA preview night tonight, £2.50/pint for CAMRA members, so suggest we revert to Woolpack for cheep booze??

 :thumbsup: If there's still their outdoor-ish seating area at the Woolpack, I'll bring an extra layer ...

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14221 on: December 04, 2019, 03:13:36 pm »
The Woolpack's beer festival CAMRA preview night tonight, £2.50/pint for CAMRA members, so suggest we revert to Woolpack for cheep booze??

  If there's still their outdoor-ish seating area at the Woolpack, I'll bring an extra layer ...
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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14222 on: December 04, 2019, 06:57:10 pm »
I won’t be around this evening as me and The Current Mrs R are spending December working nights sorting the Christmas post, night #3 is tonight and we are still adjusting! 

I’m hoping to put in an appearance next Wednesday as we don’t start until 2200 hrs. Have a good un folks.

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Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14223 on: December 04, 2019, 07:04:09 pm »
I will be at Spa Rd. The fixed bike is repaired and on prove out this week - the armoured mudguard is holding together, just waiting for the next break point to develop.

Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Reply #14224 on: December 04, 2019, 10:24:57 pm »
I’m hoping to put in an appearance next Wednesday as we don’t start until 2200 hrs.

What could possibly go wrong! I’m glad my post isn’t being sorted in your locality!