Monday, 23 November 2009
London To Cambridge
If I'm a good boy Santa is going to bring me a Garmin Edge 305 for Christmas. Until then I'll continue taping route directions to my handlebars like the one above that I used to help guide me from London to my friends house in Cambridge last Saturday. The distance should have been a tad under 100km. However, shortly after passing the little village of Brent Pelham I got myself completely and utterly lost. The next 45 minutes or so was spent cycling up and down and round and round hilly farmland into a head wind (YES THERE ARE BLOODY HILLS IN ESSEX AND CAMBRIDGESHIRE).
Having not cycled much over the last few weeks and convinced I was about to succumb to the dreaded hunger knock (which I didn't) I managed to put myself back on route. Looking at google maps I can see I added a giant u-shape to what should have been a fairly straight line north from London. It's difficult to tell how much distance I added to my ride but I'll put it at around the 20km mark bumping my total distance for Saturday up to around 120km.
Although I did get lost using the above route it's only because I should have included more detail between Brent Pelham and Ickleton. With added detail to help navigate through this section the ride would be very good for those who like quiet country roads. Once out of London and into the heart of the Essex and Cambridgeshire countryside I was riding sections of the route for 5 minutes at a time without seeing a single car! That's pretty good going for UK standards.
I think between now and my getting an Edge 305 I'll stick to routes that I know.
Posted by Jason at 23.11.09