Wednesday, 19 October 2016

19 Oct: Evening ride to Hemingford Abbots

Nigel writes: With the sun now setting before 6pm, our evening rides have changed to their winter pattern and now take place one a month, on the Wednesday evening closest to the full moon. Despite these rides taking place entirely in the dark they have a small but regular following - and not just from people who are working during the day.

There were five of us at Brookside for tonight's run along the busway to St Ives and Hemingford Abbots: Alex, John R, Mike P and Tim. As we rode north out of Cambridge along Huntingdon we were joined by Ray and Dimitris. bringing our number up to seven.

The weather this evening was cool and dry, about 10-13C, with a light north-westerly breeze and a cloudy sky which meant we say nothing of the promised full moon. Despite the headwind, everyone seemed happy to ride quite quickly and we made rapid progress along the busway to St Ives. Although the pace then relaxed as we continued along the Thicket Path to Houghton and across the Ouse Meadows to Hemingford Abbots, we nevertheless arrived at the Axe and Compass 15 minutes early at 7.45pm.

Already at the pub were Paul and Mike CC, who had each made their own way there. Alex and I ordered burgers whilst most of the others ordered bowls of chips to accompany our beers and shandies.


After a pleasant 45 minutes in the pub six of us set off back to Cambridge, leaving three local members to stay a little longer. We had a tailwind this time, making the ride back fairly effortless. I arrived home just before 10pm, having cycled about 58km (36 miles).

Nigel Deakin



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