Wednesday, 28 September 2011

28 Sep: Evening ride to Stow-cum-Quy

We had two new riders this evening: Charlie joined us at Brookside, and his friend Chris joined us at the Newmarket Road Park and Ride. I hope they'll come again.

It was a beautiful evening for a ride: warm but not too hot, with clear skies. We took NCN51 out to Bottisham, and then turned through Lode to join the Lodes Way. I wasn't sure if we'd be fast enough to make it to Burwell, or whether we'd have to bail to Reach, but we were across Bottisham Lode by 19:00, so there was time to take the long way round. And I'm glad we did: there was a deer running through the crops, and a barn owl swooping low over a ploughed field. The sunset was quite spectacular, with a display of crepuscular rays and cloud shadows.

On the bridge over Burwell Lode at 19:17.

With the rush hour over, I thought it'd be easiest to go directly from Burwell to Stow-cum-Quy via the B1102, and we reached the pub a few minutes late. The air stayed warm enough to sit outside without a jacket. A very pleasant 30 miles.

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