I thought it was about time I introduced Nagging sister to the Bromley Breeze ladies! After the last few horrible rides up to Downe village, did I say horrible, of course I meant challenging rides, I thought it would be nice to have a no pressured, social, pleasant, flat, some traffic free paths, and lovely conversational type of ride!
So after dropping the kids off at school I rode off to Bromley to meet Nagging Sister, and then we were going to Cator park to the meeting place. We were going to be a little early, but I like to be early, and besides it didn't seem any point in going home only to come straight out again.
Coming down Southborough Lane some dimwit decides they don't have to wait for cyclists to pass by as he pulled in front of me from the right. Of course he gave the obligatory, 'Ooops sorry, my fault' type of raise hand gesture. But no harm done, at least I had the bus stop to pull into! The traffic was quite heavy along Bromley Common and it felt good to be flying past them as they sat in their cars! I soon got to Bromley and there was N.S. waiting just as we planned. I told her where we were going and then we were off!
I was looking forward to this ride, it's a bit further than they other Breeze rides I have been on, but still going along the Waterway Link, those lovely traffic free places. Of course there are a couple of roads that we need to negotiate but Yvonne (the ride leader), did a brilliant job of making sure that we all got over safely.
All the little backstreets, and turnings we soon got to Surrey Docks Farm, where I was assured they do a fantastic bacon sandwich! I was really looking forward to it. Being a farm of course we had to have a look around. We saw goats trying be king of the castle, the chickens running about in front of the sheep and the moo cows were making sure we could hear them to make sure we went over and gave them a butchers! Oooo, actually probably wrong rhyming slang to use at a farm! Especially as just opposite the cows were the adorable ......... little pigs!!! Best not dwell to much on my bacon sandwich, darn it, why does it have to taste so good!
So after saying goodbye to my next bacon sandwi...... erm, pigs and sheep and things, we started on our way home. We took a tiny little detour around the docks. It is a far cry from the last time I was up there, way back in the 70's! Seems a completely different place now, a place where I could quite easily live.....if I didn't like living where I am of course.
The ride back home was just as good as on the way there, a few more school kids o negotiate around, I presume there are off because of exams and stuff! it always seems quicker getting back to the start, probably because its all nearly over! When we got back to Cator Park I had no time to say proper goodbyes as there were commitments, and I still had the ride back to mine to do.
Now, geeky stats, what can I say. I was all set to borrow the Old Boys Garmin, it does this brilliant auto stop and start, I automatically picked up my running Garmin, so the geeky stats will look a bit odd and of course started from a completely different place to where we actually started, but it's nice to see the route home at least.
Oh and some pictures from todays ride are all on the bottom of the blog.
|Drinks were deffo needed!|
|Is that the way we are going?|
|The whole Breeze Gang|
|The River Thames!|
|I bet this is an original pose!!!!|