Dustboy wrote (see)
Come on!!! full report!
hmm .. not so much to report really DB .. Atendees .. just the three of us daft enough to go out "for the fun of it" in that weather , Flat Footed , Slags Mate Tony , and me. twenty something mile ride from blackshotts through the twistys down towards upminster , up a few hills towards Brentwood and on to South Weald park. Much deserved cups of tea and cake whilst socks and gloves had a 30 minute warm up over the radiator in the tea shop (not sure they would have been too impressed had they noticed) , comedy moment as SMT remembers only after he heads to the toilet that he has his tri suit on under the rest of the gear.. and given the less than glorious weather the cold and wet had shall we say made trouser leg retrieval and aiming a little challenging .
Refreshed we set out for a few more gentle upflats hitting all the best B towns in Essex.. Brentwood (again) , then Billericay , and onto Basvegas .. some minor directional confusion at the A127 , but quickly resolved and onwards to Dunton , then FF on towards Grays and SMT and myself out towards Hornchurch
Round trip of around 63 miles with a few energy sapping hills, although i think more because of the wind and rain than the gradients, and What would have been some fast technical descents had the road surface been dry .. all in all a very nice little route with pretty decent surfaces for the most part (by Essex road standards at least)
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