Yesterday I had a special day off from the relentless 7 days a week grind and took my bike on the train to Ely where I met up with my brother and we cycled to Cambridge. I'd never taken my bike on the train before so this was really the most exciting thing ever. That's MY bike in the picture!
The route took us along Sustrans National Route 11 and included a 9 mile section recently opened called "The Lodes Way" which traverses the six Cambridgeshire "Lodes" - man-made (probably Saxon)waterways built for transport and to protect the rich agricultural land around. The Lodes way was built by Sustrans with the aid of a £50 million Lottery Fund Grant (thanks Mum!) but try as I might I failed to come up with a suitable pun involving "Lodes" and "£50 million".
As we set off I discovered a new fact (or "factoid" as Steve-love-the-Show-Wright would have it).
I'd been looking forward to cycling on absolute level surfaces as this part of the world is as flat as a Tich's Wit. The weather forecast was for strong 20 mph South-West winds - I'd be propelled along at terrific speeds towards the South West with hardly a pedal!
Who would have thought that "South West" winds come FROM the South West rather than TO? That's about as logical as calling the 1900's the 20th Century.
Anyway we made it and the rain held off until we reached the outskirts of Cambridge. I was drenched on the return jouney when I cycled from the station back home. I'd gone from the Beach Boy's "Fen Fen Fen" to Marti Pellow's "Wet Wet Wet".
"How was the terrain?", asked Mrs Rine when I related my adventures. "It had three carriages", I informed her.