Nigel writes: Now that the evenings are dark our Wednesday evening rides have changed from weekly to monthly and are now held on the Wednesday closest to the full moon. Today the weather was mild, dry and clear, allowing the first moonlight ride of the winter season to live up to its name. Despite this, when I arrived at Brookside for tonight's ride I was joined only by John F; perhaps the others had been put off by rain and drizzle earlier in the day which had now passed over.
This allowed John and me a pleasant ride at a gentle pace, via Girton to the busway, along the busway to St Ives, and then along the Thicket Path and Ouse Meadows to Hemingford Abbots. As usual, cycling along the busway in the dark was quiet and atmospheric, so when we arrived in St Ives it came as rather a shock to find the hight street filled with dozens of fairground stalls and rides, and with hundreds of local people.
At Hemingford Abbots we stopped for drinks and food at The Axe and Compasses, which as always was a quiet and friendly place to visit. Afterwards we returned back to Cambridge via Hemingford Grey, St Ives again and the busway once more. I arrived back home at 10.15pm (rather late for an evening ride), having cycled 35 miles.
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