Nigel writes: Tonight was our first evening ride of 2013. The weather was dry, mild and fairly clear, but with enough cloud in the sky to obscure the full moon. There were four of us on the ride tonight: Rob, Paul, newcomer Jonathan and me. I suggested a loop into the fens, and we set off east along the Jubilee Cycleway to Quy and from there to Bottisham, Swaffham Bulbeck and reach to Burwell. A very strong westerly wind pushed us along and we made rapid progress.
At Burwell we turned north into the fen. For the first time we got an indication of quite how strong the wind was, and when we reached the junction with the Lodes Way and turned west we found ourselves riding directly into it. The Lodes Way is a pleasant traffic-free ride but on this particular occasion it was quite a log into the wind. We made slow progress and by the time we got back to Quy it was 8.50pm. I suggested we abandon our planned pub stop in Fen Ditton and call in at the White Swan in Quy instead. We arrived just in time to order food at the bar and sit down for am hour of relaxing conversation. I have to say that I like the White Swan: I always get a warm welcome whenever I walk into the pub, and the beer and food are very good.
After an excellent meal and a longer-than-usual chat we all set off back towards Cambridge via the Jubilee Cycleway. I arrived back home a little after 10.30pm, having cycled 30 miles.
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