End of lockdown ride out

The end of the 4 month COVID19 lockdown has finally arrived with 29th March 2021 being the first official day that we can get out on the bikes legally!

Needless to say I took advantage of this and got out on my new Yamaha Tenere 700 that’s spent most of it’s first 6 months of life in the garage.

Obligatory selfie – Ben Jackson sporting his lockdown hair and me with hardly any hair as always!

I arranged to meet up with Ben Jackson who I met back in 2018 at the HUBB event over in a very wet and soggy Wales. This was only the second time we’d met although we’ve been chatting on Signal for some time now.

The ride down to Danbury in Essex was without event although I did note that the A12 is still one of the worst roads in Britain!

Ben with his new Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport

Ben had got his new Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport the day before and was dying to stretch its legs so, the timing was perfect. After a brew and a chat at the “Tea on the Green” tea rooms we got mounted up and headed out.

We rode around Danbury and Maldon for a while but, there wasn’t much to see and so headed up towards Clacton and the coast.

After a quick blast up the A12 and then cross country we finally arrived in Clacton around lunch time.

Parked up at Clacton Pier for a brew and some rather nice chips!

Clacton was heaving, hardly surprising since it’s a Bank Holiday weekend in the U.K. We snuck the bikes into a cool little spot right on the pier and grabbed some lovely chips and a brew. The two bikes got a fair amount of attention from passers by including a couple of bikers who stopped for ice cream!

On leaving Clacton we found a neat little nature reserve that was in an old quarry in Fingringhoe and spent a little time taking photos and playing with slo-mo video on our phones. It didn’t take long to realise neither of us were particularly good with video and would need some practice before we did any trips!

Mike checking the lean angle in Fingringhoe, Essex.
My attempt to capture Ben in action in slow motion …
Baby Blue Eyes and Momma Africa parked up at the Nature Reserve Gate.

Sadly Ben’s attempt to take a slo-mo video of me came out as a bunch of photos with just a part of me in the frame as I went by, so I won’t embarrass him and post them here 🥴

It wasn’t long and it was time for us both to head off home, Ben back to Kent and me back to Suffolk. Getting home I found I’d done 193 miles over the day, not bad for a first rideout. Ben had hit the magic 200 miles!

Hopefully we’ll get more rides together planned and maybe even some weekends away camping.

More soon …