It’s been a week since my last post, but I’ve cycled to work three times since: last Friday (June 19); yesterday (June 24); and today (June 25).
Foolishly, I caught the tube on Monday and Tuesday, because I’d had two poor nights’ sleep and was feeling too fatigued to cycle. Getting back on public transport after a two-week break was HORRIBLE. I did not miss:
- My short walk to the tube station which involves fighting my way through HOARDS of RUDE students heading to the local college
- Hanging around the tube station WAITING for what seems like FOREVER for my transportation to arrive
- Spending the entire 25-minute journey squished up against complete strangers in a HOT and OVERCROWDED carriage
- Fending off those pesky free paper vendors (en route to the tube station in the evening) who won’t take NO for an answer
- Finding out that there’s been an incident further up the line so all trains are stopping at Earl’s Court, so you’ll have to make your way home using alternative means of transport!!!
- Eventually getting home feeling HOT, BOTHERED, SWEATY and PISSED OFF!!
Cycling these past two days has felt like a real treat. For some reason, the roads seem quieter than normal (is it half-term?? Even after 10 years, I never understand how the English school holidays work) and there seems to be fewer cycles on the road.
My journeys, in both directions, have been pretty quick and incident free. And tonight I notched up a first: the traffic light on the pedestrian crossing near Buckingham Palace was green when I approached it. I’m pretty sure every single time I cycle along here, which is literally HUNDREDS of times, it is red and I have to stop. Sometimes you gotta count the small victories where you can!
Happy summer cycling everyone.