Soon at 0805 hours I set off through London, getting caught at every red light going it would seem.
I couldn't wait to get out of London,once through Woodford and across Charlie Browns Roundabout at the A406 North circular which thankfully was quiet,we started to climb. I forgot how steep the climb up to Chigwell was. Just about the top of the hill by Chigwell I felt my back tyre felt very soft,I stopped and indeed it was. After a while fixing the puncture I continued on past The Maypole PH at Chigwell,down past the Two Brewers PH and the Carter & Miller Pub formerly the Camelot PH and down through Lambourne End and eventually to my first refreshment stop at the Village hall in Stapleford Abbotts.
I continued through Stapleford Abbotts and through the Village Green at Navestock side past Alecs Restaurant formerly the Green Man PH,where there was a American Car show on,with several large American Motors trying to make their way to the show through hoards of cyclists. Bad planning to have a show to coincide with the ride lol.
I turn onto the busy Ongar Road for a stretch before turning right onto Blackmore Road ,through Blackmore and away from the traffic.Then through Doddinghurst,
and eventually to my second Refreshment stop at Mountnessing by the Windmill.
Mountnessing Windmill is a grade 2 listed Post Mill , which has been restored to working order.Mountnessing Windmill was built in 1807, replacing an earlier mill.
|Note The Chopper bicycle!|
I turn right shortly after the village and along some more lovely Essex Lanes.
Stock where it seemed slow cyclists up the hill had caused a tailback of traffic.
I stopped a little further on at South Hanningfield for a break and take a few photos.
Rettendon I stop again and try to put more air in my rear tyre as I wasn't happy with it.I wish I'd left well alone now for as I was pumping the tyre the valve snapped! So I fitted the spare tube in the bag. But to my horror this was also unrepairable and I don't know how it managed to get into the bag if it was damaged.But I learnt a valuable lesson, check your spare!! I was now left with a Un-rideable bike and I walked the bike the rest of the way to Battlesbridge Rail Station to get the train home.
I initially thought the ride as a failure as I didn't reach Southend,but I had done this ride before and I had ridden to Southend on numerous times.So I thought no, I've had a great ride out in beautiful weather and countryside and enjoyed it, so how can it be a failure? Still the ride will be there another year!
I rode about 44 miles in total for the day including to and from home.