Monday 14th March - It's my birthday and I'll eat cake if I want to

It’s time for another birthday cake run! Meeting at South Mimms Services at 9ish for a 9:30 departure and ending back there or somewhere near the M25 at around dusk.

Current plan is to have a crack at Essex, but that might change as the weather forecast does.

This’ll be a relaxed-pace ride with a few stops for cake and at least one stop somewhere that’ll sell lunch.

We’ll use the cornerman system:
https://avi.st/keeping-a-ride-together-the-cornerman-system/

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I’d be up for cake, lunch and riding Essex tarmac

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I’m in! :motorcycle:

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I’ve just finished up the route finally, for anyone who doesn’t want surprises, we’ll be going to:

Meet outside the standalone Starbucks at south mimms, not the big building.

  • Church Farm Ardeley which used to be amazing but was quite disappointing when I went in lockdown. Quick coffee stop; the owner doesn’t like motorcyclists so we’re going to be model customers and show him how nice we all are
  • Petrol from Tesco Saffron Walden
  • Tea on the green Cavendish for cake and coffee
  • Oranges And Lemons in Dedham Vale for lunch
  • Petals Tearoom near great Yeldham
  • Petrol from Tesco Bishop’s Stortford
  • Finish up with cake and coffee at Dutch Marketplace near Welham Green

If that’s shut by the time we get there (5pm) we’ll just go back to South Mimms

I’ve done the Baldock Bends and a ford waiting at the farm with a flat white

That ruined me, I’m not used to full days out. Forgot the lunchtime selfie but this will have to do.

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Yeah, that was a good day, if a little later and longer than planned. We stuck almost not-at-all to the plan, if you want to know where we went, Calimoto crashed part-way through the day so it’s in two parts:

https://calimoto.com/calimotour/t-G1b8XLMRE6

https://calimoto.com/calimotour/t-ZcOu8m4QiP

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I am so stiff and sore this morning! That’s been my first full day out in forever.

Cracking day. Thanks to BigRedS for all the route-finding. I had a blast.