Cheshunt

CYCLING GROUP - CHESHUNT & WARE U3A

The cycling group continues to attract more cyclists and it is not unusual for us to have 35 riders turn out every week.

The group held its Christmas lunch at the Galley Hall P/H two weeks ago. When we first started the group in 2010 our first Christmas meal was attended by 12 members, this year we had 51! Why not consider giving cycling a go in 2018.

Cycling has low impact on HIPS AND KNEES, so if you fancy exercise, get the bike out of the shed give it a service and come and join a very sociable group.
Our group meets every Wednesday morning at 9.30am at Pindar Car Park near Cheshunt Railway Station, for a prompt 09.45am start. We have two guided rides every week.

The Easy Ride which encourages members to get in the saddle and have a pleasant ride through the Lee Valley Park, at a leisurely pace.

The Moderate Ride offers a ride which although still at a leisurely pace, goes a little further in miles with fewer stops.

Challenging Ride On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, we offer a Challenging Ride which goes both on and off road covering up to about 25miles.
All rides finish at the same time, noon, for a coffee at the YHA.

The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, the Challenging group goes from Ware Railway Station riding with Ware U3A cycle group. These tend to stay on the public roads and will cover distances of 25/28miles.
See the cycle table for more details.
For further information please visit Cheshunt u3a web site, or visit the monthly meeting and see our table. Click on the link Cycle Group Info Sheet

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U3A - Isle of Man Cycle Trip 9-13th July 2018

Extract from the Isle of Man Cycle Tour kindly supplied by Pan. Full report with photos can be found at U3A-cycling-IOM

Day One - 9th July 2018
An uneventful flight from Luton to Isle of Man Castletown Airport after the dirty dozen from U3A Ware and Cheshunt met up - Landing at 2pm. Other than Geoff having his Spanner confiscated that was about it flight wise.The weather is sunny and around 20 degrees so fairly warm. After a 20 minute walk we arrived at the King William College that actually backs onto the airport’s runway. The college is used by students, has residential accommodation made available to groups such as ours. To say that it is basic is probably an under statement, but hey cost wise it is reasonable, particularly as finding accommodation during the Manx Southern 100 TT race week is premium. No WiFi as yet though they are working on it.

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Cheshunt U3A cycling holiday to the New Forest area 25th to 29th June 2018

With the weather forecast predicted to be dry and hot for the week, 32 members set off from Cheshunt on the Monday morning in various cars with bikes attached, arriving in Lyndhurst during the afternoon after a slow journey, mainly due to congestion on the M25.
The afternoon was spent settling into our Hotel for the week, The Crown , at Lyndhurst nestled in the heart of the New Forest. In the evening we had a pre arranged meal at the Waterloo Arms just a short walk from the Hotel.
The group was to be split into 16 moderate riders, 11 challenger riders , and the remainder being 'wags', ie some of the wives ,and Stan who was injured, they came down to explore the area in a more leisurely fashion! Richard, who was going to lead the moderate riders, arrived injured with a bad back, so slight panic set in as we sorted out alternative arrangements.

Tuesday 26th

After a hearty breakfast , the whole group met in the car park for a 9.30am start, and by some miracle were on time! We had decided to all set off together and ride as one group, mainly on forest tracks to Beaulieu, where we would go our separate ways. Led by route finder John Bunten, we were soon to discover that the forest tracks were something of a challenge in places with a lot of loose gravel making the up hills not easy, and the down hills quite treacherous at times, although I am pleased to report that we did not have any fallers. With 25 starters, the pace was steady and with just one puncture on route, we made it to Beaulieu.
This is where the two groups split.

First Day for the moderate riders was described thus- Lyndhurst to Calshot Castle/Lepe Country Park via Beaulieu estimated 34 miles.
Once the group split, Peter then Geoff led the rest of the ride.
They went north at Hill Top instead of east to Fawley adding a few extra miles.
Hazel and Richard met the group a couple of times at Fawley and Exbury and they met up for lunch at the Calshot Leisure Centre. It was at this point Richard and Hazel gave a couple of the riders a lift back to the hotel.

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The Challenger riders headed off to Bucklers Hard, famous for building the warships of Nelsons day lying on the banks of the Beauliau River, onward we rode through the countryside on good side roads , through Noreley Wood and onto Lymington for lunch around 1pm. Just by sheer coincidence , Stan and the other wives descended on the cafe we were in on the quay at Lymington having our lunch! Following a short break we were off again following the coast road west, through Everton ,Broxton, then Key Haven, which overlooks Hurst Castle, here we were able to replenish empty water bottles at a friendly boat club. No time to dawdle as we continued west to Milton on Sea, Downtown, and Barton on Sea, where we had an ice cream stop and admired the view over the clear blue waters of the Solent and the IOW and Needles. Onwards we went skirting Christchurch, and then heading North for a late afternoon tea stop at Burley. Confusing the poor tea shop assistant we had gallons of tea, so offered a top up to an Australian lady visiting her niece.... although her name was Jean I felt she looked more like a Doris, so Doris joined in with the banter, before heading off with her niece, only to return two minutes later to take a photo of us all!! Free holiday in Aus next year?
Leaving Burley, not far now, John guided us back onto some steep stony tracks, in the forest, and up and up we went.....nearing the summit and pushing . Mac managed to loose concentration for a moment and attempted to ride through a single bar gate! The front wheel went under, Mac went over in what can only be described as a perfect 10 summersault keeping hold of his bike, which then followed him. The recently purchased First Aid bag was well used to patch him up, fortunately no bones broken!

Mac , after a short rest, time was getting on, was able remount, and make it back to the hotel. In total we covered approx 56miles.

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Day 2 Led by Bob Dutton

With Mac feeling sore after his accident yesterday, he decided to have a day off, and Geoff Brown decided to join the Challenger ride. This ride was to take us into the North West of the forest, an area Bob knows well, as a Duke of Edinburgh award instructor who uses this area. Another hearty breakfast, off we went climbing from the start both on and off road, going through some stunning scenery. We stopped at the High Corner Inn for a well deserved coffee stop. Pressing on we came across the moderate riders just arriving at The Red Shoot Pub for their coffee stop, having come a more direct route. Not stopping to chat, we pressed on going more up than down! Eventually we came across the old site of a second world war airfield , one of 12 such airfields that were used during the war, this one Stoney cross is marked by an interesting information board. Pushing on we stopped for lunch in the small hamlet of Fritham and the Royal Oak Pub. Following lunch we cycled across a spectacular ridge with views to match. Heading for home we came across a joint Canadian/RAF memorial, looking a little unkempt in the glorious sunshine and it made you reflect on the contrast of the gorgeous scenery and the horrors they must have endured. From here it was a short, mainly downhill ride back to Lyndhurst.
Miles today 42miles

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Day 2 Moderate Ride - Lyndhurst to Burley via Linwood and Picket Post, through Burley and along disused railway to Brockenhurst and back est. 32.4 miles
Rob Scott led. Saw Challenger group pass whilst we were in the Red Shoot Inn! Richard and Hazel acted as marshals and recovery again today, they had lunch together in Burley, when they were able to give Jen B a lift. R&H met group a few times along the way and Hazel did a spot of marshalling when needed.

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Third day moderate riders - Lyndhurst to Lymington loop 32.5 miles

Richard was able to lead the ride today and as a few had had enough of gravely forest trails they went by road and met the main group at Lymington Quay for lunch. Shame as they missed out on our little visit to Mr Friendly Farmer and his bulls on the way! It was spectacular now being able to cycle along the Solent Way, through the nature reserve and marshes with views of Hurst Castle and The Needles. Coffee stop on way back at Milford on Sea

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Day three challenger riders.... Mac now feeling slightly better after a day off rejoined the group. Setting off at 9.30 am we headed through the forest on the stony tracks to Brokenhurst diverting on route to The Old Station Tea Rooms at Homlsley for coffee. Following coffee we then skirted Brokenhurst a few more miles on forest tracks before we hit the rural roads and headed for Christchurch and the quay there, where we stopped for lunch and a well earned rest.
After lunch we headed out of Christchurch towards Ringwood riding through Burton, Winkton, then turning and travelling through Kingston Great Common and onto more tracks, slightly more rideable this time, riding parallel with the A31 before heading back for afternoon tea at the Station Tea Rooms Homlsley, where we had rested in the morning. After a short rest John guided the tiring group back toward Brokenhurst, before we did the last leg back through the strength sapping forest and onto Lyndhurst and The Crown Hotel!!

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Day 3 Challenger ride 57 miles.

John B had arranged for us all to spend the final evening dining at the New Forest Inn at Lyndhurst. thanks were given to John for his thorough organisation of the trip, leading the rides along with Bob, Peter, Geoff, Rob and Richard. Mac was awarded Stunt of the week

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JULY 2018

Three weeks ago we had an all day ride, into London using towpaths and cycle ways, to have lunch on the banks of the Thames outside the Tower of London.

Next month some of the group will be cycling around the Isle of Man by day and watching motor cycling in the evening. Please visit our cycling table to see if you would be interested in cycling with us.

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The Exeter Cycle Challenge 2017

The plan for this year’s cycling group holiday was to explore the area around the south coast of Devon near Exeter.... surely no ride could be as hard as the Isle of Man adventure last year!!!!!
John Bunton our 'main carer and holiday rep' had organised for the group of 27 to stay in the Halls of Residence at Exeter University, what an inspired choice, great rooms and breakfasts. Once we got use to the fact we were billeted at the top of a very steep hill, although that gave us great views, we all enjoyed our stay.
We had two groups among the members one group lead by Richard Arthurs who normally leads our Easy ride, and Andy Walczak of Ware U3a who has knowledge of the area and rides with our Challenger riders. For the purpose of this write up there was no easy rides so the two groups will be known as Challenger Riders and Challenger Plus Riders.

Monday 3rd July

The group arrived in various cars at the university for the 3pm check in, all went very smoothly with just a couple of tweaks to room allocations, that night after the 220 mile journey John B had booked us in at a local hostelry for evening meal. The walk there and back got us in the 'zone' for the forthcoming hills!

Tuesday 4th July

The two cycling groups were divided into 11 Challenger Plus riders with Andy, and 13 Challenger riders with Richard, three wives had come along to enjoy the area 'not on bikes'!

Challenger Plus ride led by Andy

Exeter, flat ride along the estuary cycle path through Topsham, and coffee on Exmouth, sea front. Then onto Budleigh Salterton, and then followed the River Otter as it makes it way to the sea from the Blackdown Hills, so we climbed through Otterton, Tipton St John, before having a well-deserved lunch at 'Poppy's Coffee Shop' empty when we arrived! In the centre of Ottery St Mary, after lunch the 'ups' seemed to get steeper and the down's shorter! All compensated for by lovely scenery and the occasional stop as Andy studied the map and kept us on route! Onward we pedalled through quite villages of Metcombe, Aylesbeare, Woodbury Salterton, at last as we got to Woodbury the general direction was downhill through Ebford, until we got to Topsham, where we rested and many of the group tried the first cream tea of the week. Once refreshe , we went back along the Estuary cycle path to Exeter and the final climb, and I mean climb, to our rooms at the university.

Challenger ride led by Richard

The day started a little cool but soon brightened up for us to shed the wind proofs. Today’s ride took us down the inevitable hill from Exeter University south along Sustrans NCN34 then taking NCN2 down the western side of the beautiful River Exe, all off road. After about 7 miles we turned west to find some infamous Devon hills to try out, and boy did we find some to keep us occupied! Eventually we dropped down into Dawlish for lunch and to catch our breath. Myself, Hazel, John and Trish went to Gay’s Creamery for…a pie and what a size they were, delicious. We all met up after an hour’s stop by the sea and took up NCN2 again to head back. Cycling pretty much all off road past Dawlish Warren, Starcross and Powderham Castle to Turf Lock where more tea and cake was in order at The Turf Hotel, with its great views down the estuary past their Yurt. Fully refreshed we were (almost) ready to tackle the final ride back up the estuary and heart attack hill to the Uni.
With everyone spent of energy we ventured only as far as Weatherspoons, their second largest pub in the country, the Imperial Hotel for a well-deserved meal.

Wednesday 5th July

Challenger Plus ride
With a hearty breakfast inside us, we assembled at 9am for the much promised, by Andy, hardest ride of the three days onto Dartmoor!
Leaving Exeter we headed for Longdown a rather curious name if you are the ones going up! Appearing to go on for miles, the low gears and on occasions 'shanks pony' had to be used as the downhill bits seem to get less and less as we cycled through Dunsford and Doccombe. Resting at the top of one hill, two elderly local cyclists stopped to make sure we were ok!!! They assured us Andy's route was in fact correct and we were on route for our coffee destination at Moretonhampstead. The coffee shop Andy had chosen, a mecca for lots of cyclists, gave us the rest and refreshments we were desperate for, while trying to look cool and unfazed by our torturous journey to get there! To rub salt into our wounds the afore mentioned 'old men' were just finishing their coffee as we staggered, sorry I mean ambled in! Already in the Dartmoor National Park we headed, mainly up hill to Lettaford, and along Long Lane, and it was long, Dartmoor Poines and sheep seemed to enjoy our exertions. We stopped for lunch in Widdicombe-in-the-Moor. My purchased sandwich of Cheese and Tomato looked like a loaf of bread cut in half with the filling, something that later came back to bite me! Famous for Widdicombe Fair and Uncle Tom Cobley, out for the day obviously, we set off in blazing heat ,up a very steep climb onto the moor and Bovey Tracey, here we had to decide whether to take a long route or a shorter challenging route, we chose the latter! It was a very long and steep hill, 50% of which we walked. On we went to, Teign Village, Christow, approaching Longdown , along a steep long hill, dehydration took its toll on me and I could only walk, at the top of the hill the last few drops of water among the others was given to me and I recovered to enjoy the Longdown and into Exeter! On the quay side we managed to pursued a cafe owner to say open to give us another cream tea plus loads of H20!

Challenger ride
Hips suffering from the hills of the 1st day, I opted for electric bike whilst Tony rested today. This time, none of the flat track along the estuary, but straight into the hills due north along quiet country lanes through Cowley, Brampford Speke then on for well-earned coffee and cake at the very pretty village of Thorverton, where there has been a bridge over the River Exe since 1307; needing the rest as the day was getting hotter and hotter. East of the Exe our route crossed the floodplain to Netherexe and over the mainline of the Great Western Railway. Passing Columbjohn we made a loop north around the grounds of Killerton Park (National Trust) on unsurfaced tracks. Our reward for more uphills was a nice downhill section to Killerton House for lunch. Fully refreshed we headed south along some very quiet, narrow farm lanes passing little villages like Poltimore, West Clyst, Blackhorse then back over the M5 across the stunning £3.75m Redhayes cycling & walking bridge. Jenny B had an argument with a gated fence and lost, but stoically carried on with bruised knee and swollen ankle. After a short distance along Hollow Lane we tried to follow the E3 cycle route through Exeter. I thought it would be a doddle, but it was so convoluted a route that, despite the help of 4 young lads from a local school helping look for our missing members and escorting us all the way back to the Uni, we arrived back 6 short! Happily everyone arrived back within minutes of each other.
Back to Weatherspoons that night, we all enjoyed rehydration and food. Then we had a possible emergency! I was asked by a cycling wife to go and look for her Challenger Plus ride hubby who had suffered that day, he had gone to the loo and had not re appeared! The gents was empty except for one cubicle obviously occupied, getting no response from a rap on the door and verbal request, I scrambled up the door to be met by the startled eyes of an innocent patron , trousers down telling me to b.....g off! I immediately complied only to find the possible patient happily talking to another of our groups! 'I don't believe it!' I spent the rest of the night with my dark glasses on!

Thursday 6th July

Challenger Plus ride
Start time again 9am
Although we would be tackling some stiff climbs, we were promised a flat ride home!
Andy lead us out of Exeter, along the river before turning off for Exminster, then on to Kenn and Haydon Common this began the really challenging part of the ride ,onto Gulliford, and Milton Hill, which true to its name left most of us walking up this incredibly long hill, onto Little Haldens, and then the joys of downhill for a long free wheel into Teignmouth, and the sea front, for a more than welcome coffee stop. Along the sea front to Holcombe , then walking along the sea wall as far as we could before we had to climb a steep hill and ride to Dawlish, a very pretty sea side town famous for its black swans on the river and a great pie shop, whose produce we were all tempted to try. On such a scorching day we had a couple of paddlers while Bob Dutton stripped down to his undies and went for a swim! .With Andy's promise of no more hills,which we had heard before! We were led by John........ who had done this leg two days earlier with Richard, to Dawlish Warren and onward to the south Estuary route past Powderham Castle to Exeter quay and yes another, this time slightly earlier cream tea.

Challenger ride
Due to the continued heat, a route change today, to avoid the hills! Stan gave his knee a rest, Tony rejoined us and John D went with the Challenger Plus group. Today’s ride took us down the eastern side of the estuary from Exeter Bridge on NCN2 to Topsham but it was too soon for a coffee break after having another excellent breakfast. With glorious views down the estuary, we more or less followed the railway pedalling through Exton and past the Commando Training Base into the pretty village of Lympstone where we took over the local tea shop. Then good riding over the new boardwalk through the nature reserve, then down to the sea front at Exmouth. It was great to be able to cycle all the way along the promenade on shared use pathway. At the end of it, most went for a paddle but Alan and Pam went one better by swimming in their underwear. Whatever next? Lunch was spent in the gardens of the theatre café on the sea front then we retraced our route back to the Uni. Unfortunately, in sight of home, Trish was unable to avoid a dog in pursuit of a rabbit and came a cropper. Badly grazed knee and fractured shoulder, Trish (womanfully) carried on. Fortunately no dogs or rabbits were hurt in this episode.
That evening, the final supper! John Bunton had organised for us all to eat at the Ship Inn Exeter, literally 6ft from the Hotel that was reduced to rubble, by fire, in Exeter last year. Rather a compact room, which we managed to get into but a thoroughly enjoyable evening and a great culmination to a great week.

Friday 7th July

Following breakfast we went our separate ways to either return home, or visit relatives etc. Once again many thanks to everyone for making it a great week, especially John Bunton for organising accommodation and eateries etc. Andy and Richard for organising and guiding the rides and last but not least Graham Macathur being a shareholder in Green King and getting us a discount on the final meal!
Thank you to Richard for providing the Challenger riders write up.

Challenger Plus riders Stats, combination of Geoff Browns and Paul Ashdowns figures.
Tuesday 53 miles, 3392 feet climbing, ave speed 10.1mph
Wednesday 52 miles 6060 feet climbing (1195 max height) ave 9.1mph (max speed34.1mph)

Thursday 37.5 miles 2169 feet climbing (493 max height) ave 9.2mph (max speed 32 mph)

Overall 142 miles cycled total feet climbed 11,621ft

Challenger riders stats Richards figures

Tuesday 32miles
Wednesday 25miles
Thursday 35miles
Overall 92 miles cycled

Challenger plus group Trish leading the way home ----- Challenger riders making their way back Cream teas all round Well deserved rest at Exmouth Challenge riders peleton Challengers plus relax at Dawlish
At Teignmouth Ready for return journey Challengers plus Saddle sore Cycle plus group Made it!!

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Update on Stan Harris's Lands End to John O'Groats cycle to celebrate his 80th year!

For those who were unable to follow Stan's adventure.....by day 6, Stan had reached Herefordshire. He got through Hereford and approaching Leominster down a steep hill, he was passed by a speeding caravan that swerved and the rush of air as it passed, forced him off the road!
Taken to hospital by ambulance, he was treated for minor injuries, kept in overnight, and then was picked up by u3a member Frank Smith, who did a 750 mile round trip to bring Stan home. The situation now is that Stan is recovering well, although he is having problems with his knee and it will be a little time before he gets back on his bike.
Stan, modest as ever, is so apologetic that it has ended this way. I am sure we all send him our best wishes.

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5th Wednesday cycle ride in May.
22 cyclists gathered to start the ride to Stanborough Lakes at WGC on a very bright and sunny day. The route took them along the Lee to Stansted Abbots, then onto Hertford, through Hertford to the Cole Green Way to WGC, snaking through quiet roads of WGC and to Stanborough Lakes. After a light lunch, the group returned, with 5 members taking a more challenging route via Hatfield, Hadley Wood, Enfield and Forty Hall. By the time they arrived home, most riders had done in excess of 40 miles.

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Stanborough Lakes Ride

Stanborough Ride Stanborough Ride I think all who cycled today will agree the weather was just perfect for us. 22 riders went all the way to the Lakes whilst I think it was 6 came as far as Saint Margarets/Stanstead Abbotts with us. It was good to see Stan and Maureen there and hopefully all his wounds will heal quickly, nice sausage rolls Maureen!

Paul led 5 ‘volunteers' back a different way, via Hatfield, Hadley Wood, Enfield and Forty Hall and I hope they all enjoyed the experience and returned home safely. The remaining 16 of us returned the way we came, some of us dropping off at various points along the way but the bulk returning all the way to Cheshunt. For Hazel and myself it was a round trip of 32 miles, so at least another 12 for them.

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March 5th Wednesday Ride. 29.03.2017

The ride was very well attended with 24 riding down to the Olympic Park and a further seven staying at 'base ' for a local ride.
Richard set off on the dot of 9.15am with the Easy and Moderate riders, following the River Lea towpath, picking up riders at Waltham Abbey, Ponders End, and Picketts Lock, with the challenger riders setting off, from Cheshunt, at 9.40 in hot pursuit!
Progress was good, against a stiff breeze, and the Challenger riders eventually caught the leading group at Springfield Park, South Tottenham, as they branched off away from the river to ride around the back of Walthamstow Marshes, negotiating the two extremely low railway bridges on route. Arriving at the Velodrome at 10.45am. Most chose to go into the Velodrome for a coffee, and a look around, why does buying a drink of coffee these days have to be such a palaver! Eventually we were all served and refreshed. We then separated into two groups one lot going on the MTB course while the others had a cycle tour of the Olympic Park guided by Richard.
Lunch at the Timber Lodge café in the park, including a bit of first aid!;, refreshed everyone for the ride back. The inbound ride had been against quite a stiff breeze, so it was a very pleasant ride back, wind assisted. Mileage clocked up was in excess of 35miles. We had a few falls on the MTB tracks but no knockouts and incredibly no punctures throughout the whole trip.
I know quite a few of the newish riders had reservations about the length of the trip, so well done to all those and a 'big pat on the back'. The ride finished back at Cheshunt about 2.45pm.

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OLYMPIC PARK - March 5th Wednesday Ride. 29.03.2017

At the Olympic Park

The ride was very well attended with 24 riding down to the Olympic Park and a further seven staying at 'base ' for a local ride.
Richard set off on the dot of 9.15am with the Easy and Moderate riders, following the River Lea towpath, picking up riders at Waltham Abbey, Ponders End, and Picketts Lock, with the challenger riders setting off, from Cheshunt, at 9.40 in hot pursuit!
Progress was good, against a stiff breeze, and the Challenger riders eventually caught the leading group at Springfield Park, south Tottenham, as they branched off away from the river to ride around the back of Walthamstow Marshes, negotiating the two extremely low railway bridges on route. Arriving at the Velodrome at 10.45am. Most chose to go into the Velodrome for a coffee, and a look around, why does buying a drink of coffee these days have to be such a palaver! Eventually we were all served and refreshed. We then separated into two groups one lot going on the MTB course while the others had a cycle tour of the Olympic Park guided by Richard.
Lunch at the Timber Lodge café in the park, including a bit of first aid! , refreshed everyone for the ride back. The inbound ride had been against quite a stiff breeze, so it was a very pleasant ride back, wind assisted. Mileage clocked up was in excess of 35miles.
We had a few falls on the MTB tracks but no knockouts and incredibly no punctures throughout the whole trip.
I know quite a few of the newish riders had reservations about the length of the trip, so well done to all those and a 'big pat on the back'.
The ride finished back at Cheshunt about 2.45pm.

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'A timely reminder.'

On New Years Eve one of our cycle group members had a heart attack. The good news is he has survived.
Sitting watching TV, he had sudden onset of chest pain, indigestion he thought, however the pain increased. Fortunately his friend was cooking a meal in the kitchen, he mentioned the pain to her and she immediately dialed 999. This action alone, gave him the chance of a best possible outcome of his problem. A paramedic arrived asap, and although he could not confirm a heart attack, an ambulance arrived to transport him to hospital. While being prepared for the trip, the chest pain returned and our member was immediately transferred to the cardiac unit at the Lister Hsp where a stent was placed in the offending coronary artery, giving immediate relief. A stay over the weekend and then discharged, he is now recuperating at home, obviously he will now be monitored carefully with any further treatment required being given.

Lesson to learn.....

Generally cardiac chest pain has a sudden onset, and gets worse and feeling of a crushing pain. This is the text book norm; any chest pain should be seen as suspicious.
Any chest pain should be treated as a heart attack until proved otherwise at hospital. Call 999 immediately, do not underplay the symptoms i.e. central chest pain, pain in jaw, pain in arm, nausea/vomiting, sweating, mention everything that is present.
Do not attempt to get yourself to hospital, or wait until the doctors surgery opens!

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A TRIP TO FRANCE

Six cyclists from Cheshunt, Lea Valley and Ware U3As travelled to Portsmouth in September and then took their bikes on the overnight ferry to Saint Malo in Brittany, France. This wasn't the normal challenging rides that take place on a Wednesday morning; instead we cycled around the walls and streets of Saint Malo, before taking another small ferry to Dinard, had coffee and lovely French bread, before completing our leisurely 16 mile ride along a towpath to Dinan, which is a beautiful old walled gem of a town. From Dinan we had just 30 miles to cycle to Combourg, stopping on the way for coffee, bread and pain au raisin - yummy! We stopped two nights here, as the castle is well worth a visit. Further coffee and pain au raisin and then on to the coast in Normandy, where the rocky island of Mont Saint-Michel is topped by the soaring Gothic abbey. Again, another gem to see. We then had the longest distance of 40 miles to cycle back to Saint Malo, but were able to stop on the way for a swim in the sea, plus more coffee, bread and pain au raisin.
Brittany and Normandy are well worth exploring if you have a spare week or two.

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TOUR DE FRANCE U3A STYLE

Six cyclists from Cheshunt, Lea Valley and Ware U3As travelled to Portsmouth in September and then took their bikes on the overnight ferry to Saint Malo in Brittany, France. This wasn't the normal challenging rides that take place on a Wednesday morning; instead we cycled around the walls and streets of Saint Malo, before taking another small ferry to Dinard, had coffee and lovely French bread, before completing our leisurly 16 mile ride along a towpath to Dinan, which is a beautiful old walled gem of a town. From Dinan we had just 30 miles to cycle to Combourg, stopping on the way for coffee, bread and pain au raisin - yummy! We stopped two nights here, as the castle is well worth a visit. Further coffee and pain au raisin and then on to the coast in Normandy, where the rocky island of Mont Saint-Michel is topped by the soaring Gothic abbey. Again, another gem to see. We then had the longest distance of 40 miles to cycle back to Saint Malo, but were able to stop on the way for a swim in the sea, plus more coffee, bread and pain au raisin.

Brittany and Normandy are well worth exploring if you have a spare week or two.

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THE FIVE WEDNESDAY’S CLUB

When there are five Wednesdays in a month, we try to offer a joint ride for all groups lasting into the afternoon. August 2016 was no exception when 26 members cycled to Docklands.
The aim was that all group members would meet at Markfield Park south Totttenham about 10.30 am for coffee. The easy and moderate group set off from Cheshunt, led by Allen Barlow at 9.15 am the Challenger riders gave them 25minutes start and set off from Cheshunt at 9.40am. A third group with Richard and Hazel in charge, caught the train to Tottenham Hale and rode the short distance to Markfield. The Challenger riders caught the earlier group just as they got to the park and Richard and the others arrived about 10 minutes later! Greatplanning!!
----- Coffee at Markfield Park and ready to go!
Following coffee, and now led by Richard Arthurs, alias Tonto, we set off for the Olympic Park, Victoria Park, Regents Canal and the Limehouse Basin and then using a combination of Super cycleway C3 and National Cycle route 13, we cycled through quiet backstreets of Poplar and Blackwell, passing Canary Wharf, East India Dock and calling in at Trinity Buoy Wharf, home of the only Lighthouse on the Thames ,which houses the perpetual clock designed to chime a constant rhythm without repetition until the year 2999!,Following coffee, and now led by Richard Arthurs, alias Tonto, we set off for the Olympic Park, Victoria Park, Regents Canal and the Limehouse Basin and then using a combination of Super cycleway C3 and National Cycle route 13, we cycled through quiet backstreets of Poplar and Blackwell, passing Canary Wharf, East India Dock and calling in at Trinity Buoy Wharf, home of the only Lighthouse on the Thames ,which houses the perpetual clock designed to chime a constant rhythm without repetition until the year 2999!, Trinity Buoy Wharf -----

Trinity Buoy Wharf also has eccentric street sculptures and time and tide bells, plus it is the original shipping container village! We then cycled onward to the Royal Victoria Dock and the terminus for the Emirates Sky Bridge and the Crystal Exhibition Centre, free entry, all about sustainable living , and well worth a longer visit. We stopped for a well deserved lunch on the grass outside the Crystal Building, whilst watching planes taking off from London City Airport. Following lunch, we cycled off road through Becton until we arrived at the Greenway, a cycle path built on top of a sewer, with accompanying whiffs. We stopped for a moment outside an elegant Victorian pumping station, with the equally elaborate name of the Big Stink!!!! Then we continued with the Greenway eventually arriving at Stratford and into the Olympic Park. From here we retraced our inbound journey back up the Lee tow path to Cheshunt , a return journey of approximately 40 miles. All agreed a thoroughly enjoyable ride.

----- Lunch at Victoria Dock by the Emirates Sky Bridge -----

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The 2016 u3a cycle trip to the Isle of Man
4th to 8th July.
Organised by Andy Walczak.

Day One Monday.... getting to the IOM.
After a 200mile car journey to Liverpool, we were pleased to get there and also to enter the cleanest car park ever! All for £4 for 24hrs.
----- A short bike ride to the Ferry terminal, a smooth booking in procedure and we were on board for the 2hr 15 min crossing. Quite a rough crossing but none the less enjoyable for most!
----- Docked about 10.15pm a short ride along the front to our guest house called ATHOL House ----- .

Day two............ Tuesday all set to explore the north. -----

Douglas coast road to Onchan then steep descent to a coastal path. this turned out to be a stiff climb, carrying/pushing bikes back up the side of the ravine!!! This got us nicely warmed up for the day ahead. Back on the coast road through Baldrine, with a temporary stop to do a repair job on Liz's gears, then onward to Laxey to visit the Laxey Wheel, part of an old mining operation, very spectacular with the reward of coffee and cakes for those not watching calorie intake!
----- ----- Coffee at the cafe below Laxey Wheel -----
By now we were beginning to get the idea that cycling the IOM was not going to be a gentle amble, as we seemed to be constantly climbing hills. Many of which surprised group organiser, Andy, he didn't think they seemed so bad when he had reckied the rides in his car!!!!
After a break at Laxey on to Ramsey, again more hills than dips, but we were all in good spirits with decent weather. The group dispersed in Ramsey for lunch and re assembled at 2.15pm for the return leg. Andy now fully refreshed, decided we should return via the TT mountain course, which after all we had been looking forward to doing. The actual TT course runs through Ramsey so we were soon on the road with straw bales on every corner to attempt some kind of protection for over enthusiastic motorbike riders! The road got steeper every inch of the way, as we went round the famous Ramsey Hair Pin at a staggering 3mph!!! Onwards towards equal famous Goose Neck corner, here Andy directed Alan and myself to keep going up the mountain, while he waited for the others to catch up. This we did, once the rest of the group reached our leader, they decided to turn off and go back to the coast road! Leaving two of us heading up the mountain oblivious to the change of plan!! Having to stop a couple of times we inched our way onwards and upwards towards Snaefell the highest point on the TT course. Once at the top at a check point known as the Bungalow, we stopped to rest. Shortly after stopping, a couple of Japanese Tourists pulled in, and seemed to indicate, when asked that they had not encountered any cyclists coming up!! yep we were on our own.Alan ....yep the only way is up!!!!
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Kings of the mountain TT course. Alan and Stewart -----
Still climbing we eventually went over Hawthorn Hill, and started a very hairy and fast descent to Douglas, top speed 42mph, and our Guest House the others turned up about an hour later! The Italian meal that night went down a treat.

Day Three Wednesday.... exploring the middle.
Billed as a flat ride to Peel on the opposite coast. Indeed it turned out to be just that along a disused railway line. ----- ----- After coffee on the sea front, Andy wanted us to go to Glen Maye a small village with a spectacular Waterfall. -----
Then onto Dalby and onward to Narbyl down a steep slope for lunch on the shore of the Irish Sea, with its very bracing air, what happened to the Gulf Stream? ----- -----
The afternoon had Andy guiding us on a scenic route back to Douglas! The first part of the route had us off the bikes and climbing some 600ft above sea level in the space of half a mile!!!! was the view worth it? More climbs and rapid descents followed now accompanied with light rain, Oh great! On and on we pushed at times literally until eventually we got to the highest point and then descended to a small roadside cafe before getting to Foxdale village.
Back toward Douglas we headed, up down, up, down up we went, arriving at a road junction where Andy thought we could go on the coast road back, which would be slightly longer than the direct route. I am slightly ashamed to say we mutinied and took the direct option! -----
With the semi final of the European Cup Wales v Portugal, on the tele that night, the group split for evening meal, the footballers went to the Queens P/H for their meal, while the rest found a quieter refuge!

Third Day Thursday.... exploring the south.
The object to explore the south of the island and visit some of Andy's relatives as the big bonus. Andy had already explained we would be following our inward journey yesterday over the mountain, and it would be quite hard. The easier riders were also going south, but by train, they had pursuaded the rail company to lay on a carriage for bikes and then they would cycle back. ----- -----
The challenging riders had already been depleted by a few riders over the previous day, this now dropped further so only 11 riders set off in hot pursuit of Andy and the mountain awaited. We joined the A3 at a place called Foxdale, this road would take us over the mountain, although by this time we had already be climbing since leaving Douglas. Once out of Foxdale, a stiff climb to a forest clearing where we refreshed with coffee etc. The climbing then started in earnest with Andy promising the peak just round the next corner!!!!
----- Once on the south side of the mountain we had a terrific view of the south coast, Port Erin, Port St Mary, Castletown, which looked flat, hallelujah!!
A rapid decent to Colby and relatively flat ride to Port Erin, after a look around this very pretty bay and a visit to the Lifeboat Stn, we visited Andy's mother in law, who served us with tea and cakes , what a diamond! certainly deserving the HRH nickname! Reluctantly leaving now in Andy's care again, we headed for the Calf of Man, yep uphill we went passing the residence where Nigel Mansell had lived, the exit gates being about 200yds downhill from the main entrance!. This climb involved some walking/pushing as the road was so steep. A short break under the ridge of Viking Burial ground , Alan was the only one with the energy or enthusiasm to go and check it out. -----

-----Onward to Cregneash a small hamlet of traditional IOM cottages and farmstead, the filming of WAKING NED DEVINE 1998 had paid for its restoration. Getting this close to the Calf of Man, we decided to go all the way down a steep incline! to visit it. The guarantee, by Andy, of seeing grey seals turned out to be correct, ----- you could almost hear them saying," yep more lycra mugs come to see us, they won't be so happy by the time they ride back up the hill!!!"

So it was as we made our way to Port St Mary, now a flat coast road to Andy's brother and sister in laws farm literarily 20yds from the sea shore at Bay Ny Carrickey, a very traditional family dairy farm, where once again we were refreshed with tea and wonderful assortment of cakes, the added bonus of having milk straight from the cow. -----

All good things come to an end, so back on our bikes, approaching Castletown, we turned off the main road and did two sides of the Southern 100 M/C course before, you guessed it, climbing up hill after hill! Eventually arriving at a junction for Port Soderick, 5O metres down here, we turn left onto the very scenic coast road back to Douglas, we were so trusting of Andy and his route! Like lambs to the slaughter we turned left, about a mile down a very steep hill and a half mile climb up an equally steep incline ,we eventually arrived at the coast road. To be fair it turned out to be quite a spectacular ride back to Douglas. -----
That night we all went to the same restaurant by the quay and had a very enjoyable meal, a vote of thanks to Andy for exceptional organisation of the trip and routes, however most did admit the next trip to the IOM would be by car!!!

----- ----- The easier riders led by Richard went to Peel the Tuesday and enjoyed the Tynwald festival celebrations.
On the Wednesday they went to Laxley, and Thursday as mentioned they took the train to Port Erin and rode back. Thanks to Richard for leading the rides.

Day five Friday...short ride and back home.
For those that still had any energy left, Andy took them and some of the easy riders back to the coast road, to admire the routes. The rest decided to spend the morning having a look around Douglas.
Back on the ferry at 3.15pm arriving at Liverpool about 5.15pm, some decided to stay over and do the homeward leg the next day, we came straight home and arrived at 11.15pm after a remarkably good journey for a Friday night. Thanks to Mac for getting me home safe and sound.
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Statistics for the week.
Challenging group started with 14 riders ended with 10!
Stat's average of Geoffs and Alans.
Tuesday 37miles
Wednesday 34 miles
Thursday 45 miles
116 miles total climb of 9740ft
Easier riders started with 8 members finished with 12! Richards figures.
Tuesday 27miles climb 1554ft
Wednesday 17miles climb 1357ft
Thursday Train to Port Erin 20miles return
Friday Port Soderick 10miles climb 714ft.
A thoroughly enjoyable time with excellent company, where will the adventure be next in 2017?

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JUNE 2016

On the 29th June 34 riders from our 3 sections cycled down to Island Park Gardens on the Isle of Dogs on the banks of the Thames.
Starting at 9.15 am the easy and moderate riders set off down the Lee tow path, with the Challenging riders setting off 25 minutes later in hot pursuit! A few other riders did the first leg on the train, all groups meeting at Markfield Park, Lower Tottenham, at 10.45. Now led by Richard, our London cycling expert, he guided us off road to our destination, where we had lunch. During the lunch break some took advantage of looking at the Greenwich Walking Tunnel ,which as the name suggests , is a tunnel under the Thames to Greenwich, well worth a visit. Being guided on the return journey, for the first part, on a different route, and with a tail wind we all arrived back at Cheshunt at around 3.45pm.

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Here is the video of our members on the Mountain Bike track at the Olympic site taken on 22nd April
Leader Stewart Wagstaff Tel 01992 624706
Email stewart.wagstaff@sky.com

Assisted by Allen Barlow Tel 01992 468950
Email barlowallen@hotmail.com

Cheshunt and Ware Cycle Group

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MARCH 2016
Cycle group ride to Stanborough Lakes WGC

When there is a 5th Wednesday in the month, like last month March, the cycle group try to put on a longer all day ride which can accommodate all three of our group's abilities.
So last month we agreed to ride the fairly flat route to Stanborough.
Most of our riders get to the start point early at Cheshunt station, so as they arrive , any easy riders start to make their way to Broxbourne Mill to meet Allen Barlow . Then at 09.45am the moderate riders set off in pursuit, with Allen setting off with his group at the same time. Rain a few days before, had made the towpaths very wet and full of puddles. With the moderate riders in 'hot pursuit' they caught the leading group up at Stanstead Abbotts, where as it turned out they were repairing the only puncture of the day. Through Hertford and onto the Cole Green Way, a disused railway line, more mud, this track goes all the way to WGC. The group stopped off at the Gosling Stadium, which has an outdoor tarmac velodrome, where Laura Trott started her cycling career. Carrying on to the lakes and arriving about 1pm, refreshments all round at the cafe and a rest for slightly weary limbs, some of the group had now cycled 25miles, depending on their start point.
Following the same route back, now refreshed, the tracks drying out so now only sticky mud!! Good progress was made by the entire group, members ending their ride at convenient points closest to their homes. The person who rode the furthest, was John an easy rider, who lives at Waltham Abbey he covered 50miles and eventually arrived home about 5pm. Well done to John, this was his first long ride, I expect he can't wait for the next 5th Wednesday!!!!

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We held our Christmas Dinner at the Crown, Broxbourne, on the 2nd December. 39 members attended, what turned out to be a very socialable and enjoyable evening.

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SEPTEMBER - SAWBRIDGEWORTH AND BEYOND

Normally our rides last about two and a half hours, however when there are five Wednesdays in the month, we try to do something slightly different to stretch ourselves!
Thus the 5th Wednesday in September saw the group aiming to reach Sawbridgeworth for lunch before returning. Of the 16 members that turned up to ride, six for one reason or another, decided to ride locally and finish at the usual time. The remaining 10 set off for Sawbridgeworth, heading north along the Lee towpath. Waiting for the peloton at Broxbourne, was the ride leader Allen, who took command! The sun shining with quite a stiff Easterly breeze, we continued up the Lee until we arrived at Dobbs Weir, where Allen led the group to the rear of the Fish and Eels and cross country until we emerged on the river Stort at Lower Lock, the first Lock on the river after the Lee. Now on the Stort towpath, we made good progress to Roydon, passing a field of young turkeys oblivious to Christmas approaching. The next section involved going through three sets of kissing gates not quite big enough to take bikes comfortably, so progress slowed slightly. Once through the obstacles, we made good progress into the increasing breeze before reaching The Moorhen PH at Harlow. Allen always dependable for refreshment, gave the group a boost by offering 'jelly babies' all round!
Once past Harlow, the towpath became more challenging as we left behind the made up surface, narrow dirt uneven paths can be tricky at times, but we all arrived at the Pie and Mash Shop around 12.30pm. On arrival we were the only customers, which was fortunate for the poor waitress, who found it near impossible to take ever changing orders! The pie and mash was good, but I must admit, I passed on the liquor and had gravy instead! The weather was excellent as it blew us back down the Stort on the return leg. We came across a 'damson in distress' on the towpath near Roydon, she eventually was sorted out after two attempts to repair her puncture! I think she was Polish and told us later in the repair that her husband had carried on riding leaving her with the puncture, “what a gent”. I eventually got home having covered 55km at about 4pm. Once again, well done to Allen Barlow for leading the ride.

Cheshunt Cycle group take a trip around the Royal Parks.

Seven of our cycle group rode from Cheshunt while another seventeen went by train, after meeting at the Olympic Park we went off road to Victoria Park onto the Regents Canal Towpath managing to keep all 23 riders dry, a brief excursion along some quite roads to get round the Islington Tunnel back on the towpath for a coffee stop at Kings Cross, onwards through London Zoo, to Little Venice and the Paddington Basin.
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Here we left the quite life and ventured through Paddington to Hyde Park. Lunch here by the Serpentine, back on the bikes past the Wellington Arch into Green Park, photo's at Buck House, -----

Queen in Germany, so no invite!. onwards up the Mall past Horse Guards Parade things getting quite busy, no worries, 'bunch up bunch up was the battle cry!' cycled the edge of Parliament Square ----- and straight over Westminster Bridge! Cycling down the back of the South Bank we eventually emerged to cross the Thames over Tower Bridge! With the group nicely 'bunched up' the traffic had no chance!
Down to St Catherine's Dock, along the Thames Path through Tobacco Wharf onto Lime House Basin, up the Lime House Cut to Bow Lock and Three Mills. Once past Old Ford Lock those travelling back by train followed Richard and Hazel back to Stratford Station. The rest of us headed up the Lee for a well earned cuppa at Springfield Park before the final dash for home.
Seven of us rode all the way there and back , I did about 56miles, quite a lot decided to cycle back rather than use their return tickets.
What I found very pleasing, all three of our groups, moderate riders, easy riders and very easy riders were all able to ride together.

The 2015 Cheshunt/ Ware annual cycle trip.
Essex here we come........

Day 1
On Wednesday the 13th May, two groups assembled to undertake a challenging ride around south Essex.
The aim on the first day, . was to cycle to Maldon on the river Blackwater Starting at 10am , group one consisting three of our easy riders, set off from Harlow Railway Station , whilst the main body of riders met at Fields Weir, where the Rivers Lee and Stort meet. Most of the Cheshunt group met at the Pindar Car Park, at 9.30 am, for a good send off from riders, who were staying at home, others joined this group on route to Fields Weir, whilst the Ware members cycled down ready for the off.

----- John, Frank,Steve, Peter, Stan, Stewart. at the Pindar Car Park ready to go......

The staggered starting positions was to give the easy riders a good start and for the main group to catch them up.
The main group got off to a prompt start at 10am and headed east along the river Stort. Things came to sudden halt! We got to Roydon, to find the tow path closed due to repairs, after some delay we took a diversion through fields to get back on track. The sun was shining and we eventually passed Harlow Stn at 11am, giving the easy riders a one hour start now rather than the half hour start.
Alan Thomas our leader and navigator, guided us through old Harlow and eventually onto the National Cycle route 1. The route was to take us on very quiet roads and country lanes, we crossed the M11 just after Churchgate Street, travelling through High Laver, Morten, Clatterford End , arriving at The Queens Head , Fyfield for lunch.

----- Lunch in the Queens Head Garden Fyfield.

Making Contact with Richard leader of the easy ride group, we realised they were a good way in front of us as they were looking for somewhere to eat in Chelmsford, they had made very good progress.
After a good lunch in the Pub Garden we set off again along route 1, along quiet lanes we eventually found ourselves riding along bridleways and tracks through the grounds of The Writtle Agricultural College, this led to parks and tracks right into the heart of Chelmsford. Going through a beautiful park in Chelmsford, we came across Richard, Hazel and Phil, easy group, just finishing their lunch.

----- The main group arriving at the Cake on the Lake Cafe, Chelmsford. Meeting the easy riders for the first time.

----- A welcome cuppa! At the Cake on the Lake Cafe, Chelmsford.
We stopped for further refreshment while Richard and his group set off to get a good start, following refreshment we set off in hot pursuit and eventually caught them up on the outskirts of Maldon.
We stayed the night at the Limes Guest House, which was very comfortable and most welcoming. We ventured down to the Quayside to have our evening meal at the Queens Head P/H .
During the meal we gave a round of 'Happy Birthday' to Gloria, who was celebrating her 21st Birthday!

----- After a good days ride meal time at the Queens Head, Hythe Quay, Maldon.

Day 2
Richard and his group were returning to Cheshunt today so please see his notes.
The main group had ordered breakfast for 7.30 for a 9am prompt start. We were expecting heavy rain so we were pleasantly surprised to find dry but dull conditions.
The first object of the day was to get to East Mersea to catch the ferry to Brightlingsea, having booked passage for 11.15am. With Alan leading and navigating we got there with 15mins to spare, but the wind was increasing and the rain started! No sign of the ferry was somewhat worrying however following a phone call and twenty minute wait a small inflatable craft was spotted headed our way. By now with no shelter and a howling gale we were getting very cold. At Stewarts request Gloria and those only wearing shorts would go on the first run, however as the ferry beached itself it turned into every man for himself. However it was good to see at least Gloria on the first run even if we had several bare knee members left on the shore!

----- Resembling the 'D' DAY landings without the bullets, the tiny ferry transferred us to Point Clear rather than Brightlingsea, ----- this would save us a few miles, as the weather continued to deteriorate . By the time we had a welcome lunch at the Tea Rooms in St Osyth, the weather was now very bleak with high winds and rain. Down to Jaywick we pushed on, and then headed north along the sea front into the 'teeth of a gale'. Getting to Clacton, Geoff Brown found he had a puncture so we took shelter under a bridge overlooking the pier for repairs.

----- Geoff getting plenty of advice on how to mend a puncture! ----- The flags on the roof say it all!
After discussing various options we decided to ride onto Holland on Sea and then head for our overnight stop at Colchester. We had planned to go to Frinton on Sea.
Now very wet and cold the joy of cycling were getting less obvious , in particular as it seemed that every time we got to a junction we seemed to take signs for Harwich rather than Colchester!!
We should not have worried as once again Alan guided us along quiet lanes , arriving in Colchester during rush hour! Unfortunately to add a little more drama to the day, Alan sustained a puncture, which after repairing left us all extremely cold and wet!
The Globe Hotel took some finding and Stan's cycle computer with its 'as the crow flies arrow' was pressed into use.
Arriving at the hotel we were warmly greeted by the lady proprietor Carey(?) and receptionist Sunita. Shame on us all when it was only Gloria that noticed Martin was missing( Hubby) and Sunita could only count 10 of us making it two others missing!!! Carey ordered hot drinks all round for us while we sat in the warm wondering where the missing three were!!
Eventually they turned up, they had got separated at traffic lights. After warm drinks, the wet and bedraggled group got to their rooms with very welcome warm showers and baths. All completely exhausted, we decided not to move an inch from the hotel and had dinner in the Indian restaurant. Carey was on hand to suggest various menu options, all of which went down very well.
Day 3
After a hearty Full English breakfast in the Indian Restaurant, we were off again promptly at 9am heading for home. The sun shone and once out of Colchester we enjoyed a very pleasant ride to our first coffee stop at Tiptree.
Back on the bikes, we made good progress with Alan keeping us to the quiet lanes of Essex, only problem being pubs seemed few and far between for lunch, until a passing cyclist guided us to The Beehive at Great Waltham, at 1.30pm.
Could Great Waltham be near Waltham Abbey? We still had 30plus miles to go. However now fuelled up we made excellent progress towards Harlow. One final stop just before Harlow to say our goodbyes as once in Harlow, the Ware and Cheshunt groups went their separate ways.

----- Final main group photo 60miles from Colchester on the outskirts of Harlow.
Martin & Gloria,Terry,John,Alan,Rob, Stewart, Peter(shy)Len,Paul, Frank, Geoff.
Despite the terrible weather of the second day, I feel a good time was had by all and a very special thank you to Alan Thomas for his navigation skills.
Congratulations to Phil and Steve their first cycling expedition with the group.
Not being sexiest but Gloria and Hazel the only two ladies on the trip were great.

A rough estimate of miles travelled
Day 1 45miles depending on where each person started from.
Day2 56miles.
Day 3 70Miles depending where each person finished!
Please read Richards account of the easy ride adventure.
Percentage wise Richard managed more casualties than the main group!
The main group had a couple of fallers including myself! We had one ankle wound that needed retired paramedic treatment! However the patient was unwilling to ride with the injured leg elevated on his handlebars!

For further info click on the following 2015 Cheshunt/ Ware Annual Cycle Trip OR click on link on the right hand side at the top of the page

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