The forecast was for rain and that’s what we got. At the start
point, the showroom of Underwoods Mazda in Colchester, we were
fortunately able to shelter inside whilst we waited for people
to turn up. But who’s coming out on a day like this we
thought? Well no worries there as 23 5’s eventually assembled
for our first tour of Essex for several years.
The first part of the route
took us to Mistley with the promise of an ice cream by the
riverside. Due to a little navigational error the back half of
the convoy arrived at Mistley several minutes ahead of the front
of the convoy but we were a bit disappointed as no ice cream van
today. Could possibly have had something to do with the weather
although by this time it had eased up quite a bit and roofs were
dropped for the next stage of the run. The route through to
Dovercourt was successfully navigated by everyone but not
without risking several sections of seriously flooded road with
the more adventurous charging through with great plumes of muddy
water in their wake.
A stop on the sea front at
Dovercourt was planned so we could admire the fine Victorian
lighthouses and it also saw most people, but not all, put the
roofs back up as the rain started to come down a bit heavier
Plan A was a picnic on the
cliffs at Walton on the Naze and on arrival this looked unlikely
but with the help of a few umbrellas and the official ER gazebo
the picnic still went ahead and by the time we were ready to
leave the rain had just about stopped again.
The picnic was supplemented
by the cakes Liz W had brought along which we had started eating
after the disappointment with the ice cream van at Mistley.
There were over 40 of us on the run and Liz managed plenty of
cake for us all, thank Liz, your a star.
The last section of the run,
with one extra car which had joined us on the Naze, was via
Clacton on Sea and back inland to Great Bentley where our last
stop was the village green which our route notes informed us “is
the biggest village green in England”. Plenty of space to park
in any case. So after another eventful and very successful
Eastern Region run we all headed home but we will be back for a
rerun in the sun.
Big thanks to Gary for
organising the run and for producing some of the nicest route
notes we have ever had. (and to Tom and Smiffy for assisting).
Thanks as well to Underwoods Mazda in Colchester for providing
the venue for the start and a nice dry showroom to shelter in,
we will be in touch again.
© Martin Curtis
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