We 4 (Jonathan,Roger, Kevyn & myself set of on the 10.05 ferry which Kevyn as with her custom just made. We headed for coalhouse fort (roger wanted to visit as was opposite one on gravesend side)in east tilbury which had a nice cafe for future use by someone else.
We then trusting in garmin and past rides headed for southend. We headed out to Stanford le hope and eventually arrived in Basildon (through a Mellee of cycle paths which eventually had us stumped so after Kevyn suggested coffee and thinking time we stopped at a cafe in Basildon. A lady was listening to our conversation and suggested a route out to southend which we decided to take rather sooner than anticipated due to what appeared to be 2 drunk guys asking stupid questions about the name San fairy Ann on our tops. Route took us through benfleet,hadleigh onto A13 and eventually to Leigh on sea (loads of traffic lights) and then to southend seafront to lovely fish and chips. Return journey followed much the same route except a better route through Basildon. We then raced to get to 4.45 ferry but due to my error (wrong turning) we eventually made the 5.15. Jonathan pointed out that he thought Essex was flat lol
Big thanks to Kevyn,Jonathan and roger for there support and massive thank you to the ferry driver guy who not only kept kevyns car topped up with parking ticket, he also hid the cash she left on passenger seat and went with her when she picked up car to make sure all was ok top guy.
Approximately 750metres of climbing, 58 miles and avg pace of 12mph 3 x coffees, 3 x cappuccino, 1 x tea, 2 x cakes, 1 x toast, 1 Diet Coke 3 x fish and chips and a portion of chips.
Thought I try a different ride and was pleased with destination and weather was kind to us cheers