Wednesday, 31 October 2012

31 Oct: Evening ride to Hemingford Abbots

Nigel writes: The last evening evening ride of the season took place on a dark and windy Hallowe'en. As I made my way to Brookside just after 6pm I passed large groups of excited young children roaming the streets in search of cheap confectionery, and on several occasions I had to stop to allow witches to cross the road.

Presumably other club members were also out trick'n'treating, because I was the only one at Brookside for the start of the ride. However Tony had offered to meet me part-way, so I set off on my own through Cambridge to the rendezvous point, which I had given as the junction of the busway with New Road Histon.

Unfortunately there are in fact two New Roads in Histon, one in the middle of the village by the old station, and another to the west where the road to Girton crosses, and whilst I waited at the latter, Tony waited at the former.

A quick mobile phone call resolved the confusion, and we were soon on our way together to St Ives. A strong tailwind made this a fast and effortless journey, though it began to drizzle heavily towards the end. At St Ives we crossed over the town bridge and rode through Hemingford Grey to Hemingford Abbots, where we stopped for drinks and food at The Axe and Compasses.

An hour later we set off back to Cambridge. The rain had stopped and we had a dry journey back. However we were now riding straight into the wind, and the ride back was a wearing but otherwise straightforward journey. I arrived back home at 1020pm feeling rather wind-blown, but having cycled a satisfying 37 miles.

St Andrew's Church, Chesterton

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1 comment:

  1. Or some of us were in receiving trick-or-treaters! We had lots of small children until we ran out of sweets and took the pumpkin down from the window.