Active Travel Tales – Come Dine With Eric

With some lovely weather this week, our riders have been out putting Stockton’s cafés under pressure with bumper orders!

‘Easy Riders’ leader, Eric, shared his ‘Come Dine With Me’ style story following Thursday’s ride which took in the Newtown Community Resource Centre.

The tale begins with Eric entering the café – eager as a dog with a bone – to order his coffee. Fortunately, the walking group already sat in the café, opportunely finished their drinks and departed allowing the Easy Riders to converge on the counter on mass. A small snag in the café hit and run/cycle plan, was that the café’s boiler was out of action. This meant that a kettle was the sole source of all beverages but could only produce enough for 3 cups of coffee at a time. Orders came and went and Davey got in ahead of Eric’s order and so did everyone until poor Eric was last to be served! Is this how we treat our Ride Leaders! Eric had to resort to pouring cold water into his finally produced coffee so that he could finish it quickly and resume the ride!

I won’t share Eric’s rating for his coffee because we don’t want it to reflect on the community centre and because Davey is to blame! Let us know how you all rated the ride. Thank you to the Newtown Community Resource Centre for accommodating all the riders.

In other news, we had new riders across all of the rides and new members joining the bike parking at the Hub, so an all-round positive week for cycling! This Sunday sees the first weekend Hub ride of the year. The ride circles Teesside Airport covering 19.5 miles leaving the Hub at 10:30am. Please get in touch if you want to come along, we’d be glad to have you!

The Hub