I spent last week in deepest, darkest Cornwall enjoying some much-needed rest and recreation, so getting back on the bike this morning took quite some effort. But tonight’s return journey took even more!
At about 3pm I was feeling absolutely knackered. (I think I was missing my mid-afternoon beer.) I had to go for a brisk walk to get some fresh air and then drank a pint of water to wake myself up.
Still, I didn’t feel much better when 6pm rolled around and I knew I had to cycle 6-and-a-bit miles in the dark to get home! Ironically, the journey got lengthened slightly when I missed my turn on Parliament Square (I wasn’t in the mood to fight with the traffic to get in the right lane) and so I found myself trundling through the oh-so confusing back streets of Victoria looking for the correct route.
A year or more ago this would have sent me into panic-mode, but tonight I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. It helped that I recognised some of the streets and so, despite some doubts (is this the right way? am I supposed to go around this roundabout or turn left? should I take this junction or the next? do I usually go past this pub? I don’t think I’ve ever seen this building before — or have I?) I managed to get myself back onto Buckingham Palace Gate without too much stress — and no wrong turnings!
Hopefully tomorrow’s journey will be much more straightforward!
Total distance: 13.12 miles | Ride time: 1hr, 21min and 52sec | Average speed: 10.24mph | Top speed: 18.5mph