Nigel writes: I felt a few drops of rain as I made my way to Brookside for this evening's ride, but the sun soon came back out and we were treated to yet another warm, sunny evening. At Brookside I found Gareth, Swidbert, Steve, Mike K, Tiia, Rob and Paul. After the usual route discussion we decided to head east for a loop via Six Mile Bottom and Dullingham.
We set off south-east out of Cambridge along Hills Road to Addenbrooke's where we turned off onto Wort's Causeway for the ride over the Gogs to Fulbourn.
We continued through the Wilbrahams to Six Mile Bottom. The pace was fast, with Gareth and Swidbert leading a small peloton at a speed that was just slightly too rapid for several of us. After Six Mile Bottom Gareth went on ahead at his own speed and for the rest of us the pace moderated somewhat.
We climbed Chilly Hill to Wadlow Farm where we turned left and then left again onto the lovely undulating lane that runs north-east to Dullingham.
At Dullingham we turned left towards Swaffham Bulbeck, though when we reached the level crossing at Dullingham Station we were forced to wait for five minutes for the 1959 to Harwich International to arrive, decant passengers, and depart. Also waiting was a large group from Cambridge Triathlon Club.
We arrived at the White Swan at Quy at 8.30pm exactly. Gareth was already sitting outside with his drink: he had reached the pub five minutes earlier. We ordered beers and crisps and sat outside for half an hour, drinking and chatting. The sun had set at 8.08pm so it rapidly became dark.
Afterwards we returned to Cambridge. Perhaps for the first time this summer the ride back from the pub was on total darkness. However we didn't have far to go, and I arrived back home at 9.40pm, having cycled 34 miles.
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