Thursday, 27 July 2017

26 Jul: Evening ride to Hemingford Abbots

Nigel writes: Today was another gloomy and damp day but, as on Sunday, this didn't put our regular riders off, with a fine turnout of eight riders at Brookside and a ninth joining us along the way. We set off east along the river, crossed the Green Dragon Bridge and continued to Cambridge North Station where we joined the busway for our ride to St Ives.

We hadn't gone far before it started to rain, and most of us stopped to put on wet weather gear, though I decided not to in the hope that it wouldn't last for long. I was half-right: the rain did dtop eventually, but after rather more rain than I would have preferred. Fortunately it was quite warm and by the time we reached St Ives I was dry again.

On the busway

For three riders (Alex, Nick and me) this was our last ride before LEL, and a final opportunity to compare plans - and for Alex and me to receive a few final tips from Nick.

On the busway

When we reached St Ives Nick turned back for home, leaving the rest of us to continue along the Thicket Path to Houghton and across the Ouse meadows to Hemingford Abbots. There we found Paul who had made his own way there.

The bar area was busier than usual so we asked the staff whether we could sit in the restaurant, and they cheerfully assembled a table of nine for us before taking our food orders. A little later John S arrived, who had made his own way there by motorised means.

Dining at The Axe and Compass

Afterwards we returned back to Cambridge via Hemingford Grey, St Ives and the busway once more, and I arrived home at 10.30pm, having cycled 61km (38 miles).
Nigel Deakin

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