Fore most in my mind is to make a more permanent repair to the pannier rack so as soon as we pass an MOT workshop in Kelvedon that is just about to open I rush and ask to use some of his tools and equipment.
Craig from London Road Garage, Kelvedon Essex CO5 9AU, kindly allows me free reign in his very well equipped workshop. The workshop is so neat and organised and I have always been of the opinion that this reflects the standard of work delivered from that workshop. Thank you also to David Moore, Liz, Ian and Roz for the kind assistance and hot coffee you gave us. Find them on 01376 570888 or 571521.
I had given my problem a lot of thought during the night and decided I would need to make a change to the mounting point so preceded in cutting the spacer off either side of the upright legs. This would allow me to mount the rack close to the frame eliminating the downward force. Therefore bringing the fixing point against the bike frame would strengthen it.
Two hours later I am a happy chap because it seems to be the solution but time will tell if the repair will last.
The next big town we reach is Colchester and we decide to visit the Castle. It turned out to be a good decision because this is believed to be one of the oldest castles in England. It was originally built by the Romans then upgraded by the Normans. Then destroyed by Queen Boudicca and rebuilt on the same foundations. It is also quoted as the biggest castle built in England.
The castle park is beautifully maintained and has a large rose garden.
After a dash down the A road we managed to escape onto a B road headed for Weely. Here we meet the friendly staff at D Piper Motors Ltd at Hillside Garage in Clacton on Sea Essex CO16 9DN who deserve a special mention as they are the first people we meet that give us clear concise directions that take us to our destination. From here we village hopped to approach Harwich from the south and ride along the coastline.
Finally I reach the east coast of England. After circling Ireland, travelling from Campbelltown in the south to Inverness in the north of Scotland, down the length of Wales then pedaling across England.
Now for the ferry crossing the North Sea to the Tour sê France adventure…………
Eugene on a bike somewhere in the world