It’s official. Today’s journey was the slowest I’ve ever had the pleasure of undertaking. Why?
Two words: Tube. Strike.
Every dingbat with a bike they haven’t ridden in god knows how many years had dusted it off to ride into work this morning. People with the seat too high, or too low. Tyres only partly inflated. Squeaky brakes. You get the idea. And with no f**king clue regarding road rules, respect for other road users or how to keep yourself out of dangerous situations. I swear I’m going to get a t-shirt printed that says SIDLE UP ALONGSIDE A CONVOY OF RED BUSES AND YOU MAY AS WELL ORGANISE THE FUNERAL NOW!
Aside from the twits on their bikes, there were other hazards to take into consideration: gridlocked traffic, swarms of pedestrians, about a trillion buses and more scooters and motorbikes than normal. There was so much congestion, I often had to sit at the lights for two sessions before I could make my way across various intersections. And don’t even mention Hyde Park Corner. I think it took me 15 minutes to get across it this morning!!
When I finally arrived at work I was exhausted — not physically but mentally. It was like I’d spent 45 minutes playing a life-and-death arcade game with the world and his wife.
The return journey was equally tiring and frustrating. I’ll be glad when the tubes are back up and running as per normal — supposedly on Friday — because I want my road space back!
Today’s round trip total distance: 12.82 miles | Ride time: 80min and 46sec | Average speed: 9.96mph | Top speed: 19.5mph