Wednesday, 25 May 2016

25 May: Evening ride to Quy

Nigel writes: It was unusually cold this evening - about 10C, cold enough for me to wear the winter jacket and longs that I had not expected to use again until the autumn. However, despite the chilly temperature and the dull, overcast sky, the weather was dry with virtually no wind. Only one other rider joined me at Brookside, Neil, though I also received a message from Conrad telling us he'd join us along the way.

So Neil and I set off from Brookside and made our way down Hills Road to Addenbrooke's and over the Gogs to Fulbourn, where we were joined by Conrad. From there we continued through the Wilbrahams to Six Mile Bottom.

We last came this way on an evening ride to Quy a month ago. On that occasion our route from Six Mile Bottom involved turning south and climbing Chilly Hill to Lark Hall before turning back north to Dullingham. However that route had got us to the pub slightly late, so today I skipped that loop and we took the shorter route, directly up Brinkley Hill as far as the Woodland Cemetery and then left towards Dullingham.

Conrad and Neil at Cemetery Crossroads

This shorter route meant we had no need to rush and we could cycle at a moderate pace, chatting as we rode along. From Dullingham we continued our anticlockwise loop through Swaffham Bulbeck and Bottisham, arriving at The White Swan in Quy slightly early at 8.20pm.

After a typically pleasant and sociable three-quarters of an hour in the pub, enjoying food, drink, and tales of Conrad's experience in the military, we set off back to Cambridge. I arrived home at 9.50pm, having cycled 30 miles. Nigel Deakin

Download GPS track (GPX).

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