Wednesday, 29 August 2012

29 Aug: Evening ride to Newton

Nigel writes: Today was dull and rainy, but at around 6pm the rain stopped and the sun came out, allowing this evening's ride to begin in bright sunshine. Also on the ride today was Mike K, John F, Paul, Neil and Rob, making six in total. We set off south along Trumpington Road before turning onto the busway cycleway to Addenbrooke's.

We continued on the DNA path to Great Shelford where we turned onto the road through Little Shelford to Whittlesford, Duxford and Ickleton. Although it was sunny and bright we were riding into a brisk and cold headwind. We climbed Coploe Hill and stopped for the usual photo.

After Coploe Hill we carried on to Catmere End and a loop via Littlebury Green and Chrishall before returning north - and with the wind behind us at last - to Chrishall Grange, Fowlmere and Newton. With the nights drawing in rapidly it was beginning to get quite dark for the final few miles. We arrived at the Queen's Head in Newton at about 8.35pm, where we were reunited with Paul and John who had left us in Ickleton to take slightly shorter routes to the pub.

After a pleasant half hour enjoying drinks and consuming the pub's famous brown soup we returned back to Cambridge via Harston, Trumpington P&R and the busway cycleway again. It was now quite dark, allowing those of us with extra-bright lights to get our money's worth. I arrived back home at 9.45pm, having cycled 34 miles.

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1 comment:

  1. Nigel, my shorter? route was 42 miles including the rides from and to Oakington. An enjoyable ride on clear if moderately windy evening.