19 riders plus one pillion (Pam Bradley) arrived at Lake Meadows for a chilly cloudy start. A good variety of machines turned up, new, old, small and large. These slow rides attract bikes not normally seen on ride outs.
A steady ride through the country lanes brought us to Chipping Ongar and sunshine, during the which lead rider George lost electrics to indicators, lights and horn and had to start flapping his arms about. Four more riders were waiting to join in. (The ride not flapping their arms about). Tea and cakes were next on the agenda with lots of social chat. Suddenly an hour had passed by and George was still drinking coffee with motorcycles revving up in the car park waiting to go. As no one knew the way to the lunch stop everyone had to wait.
As it turned out George didn't know the way either and when he noticed a sign pointing to Romford not Brentwood came to a stop. Simon knew the way and came to the rescue. With 23 motorcycle hooligans doing uturns and stopping the traffic Simon took the lead with George taking over when he knew where he was. On familiar roads nothing could go wrong! not until a road closure put us on a busy A128 to our Orsett lunch stop. Along the way we lost some riders, not sure if this was because of breakdowns or other commitments. Our pillion rider Pam caught her foot and hubby Dave had to take her home. Hope everything goes well Pam. Another hour plus of chat and food brought an end to an enjoyable day. Do we spend more time talking than riding?
A big thankyou to our tail ender Paul on his Yellow Ducati 900cc Monster. The biggest small bike on the ride.
There were a few comments stating how enjoyable the ride was and when was the next Slow ride. Of course the answer is that anyone can step forward and plan the next one