marvelous! i was waiting for the aftermath thread
quality day (until the end, i'll explain later)
my day started from Kilburn where i had been staying with a mate after a few pints and a curry
i decided to meet up with the guys at Greenwich, having never been there before i headed south from Kilburn but got lost
it was bound to happen! i don't really know my way around London at all so out came the phone and google maps to the rescue, luckily i found myself right by the Rotherhithe Tunnel so went through it under the Thames, then it was off to Greenwich without too much trouble, next thing i know i see the Cutty Sark and guessed the 3 guys on bikes in the distance were the guys i was looking for!
next thing I know we're crossing the Thames agian but via a lift and another tunnel, this is definitely the first ride i've been on that needed an actual Lift (as in elevator)
i have to say aswel the Purley showed his knowledge of london at this point pointing out loads of the local stuff better than a tour guide
next thing we know we're picking up Bikeman and heading off towards the Olympic village and onto the canal paths of Hackney then back into the centre of London.
I loved the hacking in and out of traffic, it's dangerous and no one should like it but it's like dodgems at the fairground to me. we then got to Her Maj's house where i had to say my goodbyes, quality day blasting around the big smoke with the guys.
the banter was good, the route was good and we had a good laugh
so i then headed back to Kilburn, after succesfully navigating Marble Arch which was truly horrible i was riding along when a woman stepped in to the road infront of me!
managed to hit the brakes but not in enough time and she went flying, luckily she was ok apart from a cut on her hand to brace her landing and seemed more concerned about me, she wasn't daft but had done a daft thing, not looked at what was coming. i did come off the bike but had lost enough speed that nothing was damaged but i was more concerned about her to be honest.
after that i got lost going back to Kilburn so the phone came out again, basically i'd missed a turn then ended up pretty much at Hyde park
by this time i was feeling hungry aswel, think i'd done about 30ish miles, it was 12 to Greenwich, guessing around 10-14 with the guys, then because of my bad sense of direction about 7 back to Kilburn
by the time i got back to my mates place for the drive home i was pretty dead, but well chuffed with the day (except for launching the woman!)
defo up for it again
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