Wednesday, 3 December 2014

3 Dec: Evening ride to Quy

Nigel writes: Tonight was our second monthly evening ride of the winter. These are held on the nearest Wednesday to the full moon but whereas last month's ride was a beautiful moonlit evening, tonight was quite cloudy. My companions tonight were John R and Neil S. We set off at 6.30pm sharp and rode south-east out of Cambridge along Hills Road to Addenbrooke's and then over the Gogs to Fulbourn.

I felt quite cold at the start but there was very little wind and it wasn't long before I was warmed up. There had been rain earlier in the day and the roads were wet but there wasn't any rain and we had an enjoyable, brisk ride.

From Fulbourn we continued through the Wilbrahams and then east along the long straight road that leads to Six Mile Bottom. We crossed over the main road and continued up the hill to cemetery cross-roads where we turned left to Dullingham, the furthest point of the ride.

Christmas decorations in Bell Lane, Bottisham

From Dullingham we rode west to Swaffham Bulbeck before heading back through Bottisham to Quy, where we stopped for drinks and plates of chips at The White Swan. As always we were given a friendly welcome and this remains one of my favorite post-ride pub stops.

After half an hour in the pub we returned back to Cambridge via Fen Ditton and the path across Ditton Meadows. I arrived home in Cambridge at 9.30pm, having cycled 30 miles. John had rather further to go, and was home in his country village by 10.05pm, having cycled an impressive 51 miles.

Download GPS track (GPX).

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