For those that could not make it on Friday 13th August, and anyone else interested, a date to pencil in your planners is Easter Bank Holiday Monday 18th April 2022 when I’ll be leading a Ruthless Southend Shakedown ride in memory of Ruth ‘Slan’ Harrison (1987-2021). Meeting up at 9am at the public car park next to the Royal Oak Hotel, Paul’s Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 4AE where some will remember Ruth managing to drop the Maytona without even sitting on it! The original Southend Shakedowns were rides that Ruth enjoyed so much over the 3 or 4 years she came along that she brought her Mum Linda, Sisters Sophie & Sarah and many other of her biking buddies to enjoy.
Leaving at 9.30 am sharp for a moderate paced, 3½ hour, 100 mile tour of South West Essex via Buttsbury Ford, The Hanningfields, halfway comfort break at Bradwell Marina and The Burnham Bends. Completely avoiding the 5,000+ motorcycle traffic jambs expected on the A406, A12 and A127 route. Estimated arrival in Southend-on-Sea at around 2 pm for a seaside fish ‘n’ chip luncheon.
To keep the ride together we will be using the tried and tested ‘Corner Man System’ if you’re unfamiliar with it watch Andy Crowther’s excellent 6 minute Rideout Guide here…
Arrive on a roadworthy bike with sufficient go go juice for the 100 mile route. Bladders can be emptied as necessary in the public toilets located in the corner of car park. Note as in previous years the route crosses the River Wid by way of a ford, The Buttsbury Splash, it is very shallow, no more than a couple of inches deep with a concrete base and easily crossed by all. WARNING - Do not use the adjacent foot bridge which leads to a mud bath on the other side.
Ride at your own pace and at you own risk and enjoy the day.