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Only a handful of stalwart riders gathered in the rain at Uxbridge and a mere seven stepped forward when the middle ride was called. Cold & sleety was the day as we swept through Denham village and then climbed Rectory Lane to C St Peter. Dripping heavily we padded into Crumbs for a warming coffee and a hearty chat to Terry who had come to wish us well. Following an opinion poll on the EU Vote and then whether to continue or not, two hardcore Loiterers “wimped out” sorry, bit un PC that, choose to return home, so the leader, (who might have joined them) with gritted teeth, lead the remaining five to Welders Lane ...... wet wet wet – on to skirt Beaconsfield and across the M40 footbridge and then a swooping run with spray flying down Burnham Road before climbing Green Common Lane with the sky lightening a little and the trickles of rain down one’s neck easing.
Another vote was taken – curtail the ride by turning left ? or take the right hand road down into Cookham ? The die was cast – the Rubicon crossed – we stuck to the ride plan and immediately the rain started again ! None the less we swept on through the enormous puddles and spray from passing traffic til we crossed the Thames into Cookham - but since the weather had improved we pushed on, turning left into Mill Lane and onto the Thames tow path. Glorious views of the forested slopes up to Cliveden but every bush or tree we brushed cascaded water on us. More in hope than expectation we stopped at Boulters on Boulters Lock – too swish for the bedraggled likes of us we thought, but no, the upstairs bar with draft Rebellion and hot food welcomed us in. The view over the river was stunning ..... as were the prices ! two Loiterers ordered from the Children’s Menu and were treated as such. A little more dry and refreshed we forged on over the Maidenhead bridge then right on the Thames tow path again – too wet & cold for a long discourse on why Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s rail bridge is so special ( and anyway Jim knew it all ) – a lovely run viewing many rowing skiffs, huge Thameside houses, cruising boats, swans, wildlife, walkers, dogs and gradually warming up. St Mary Magdelene’s 12c church was much admired. The view of Windsor Castle was terrific and free for us – we are so lucky – swiftly followed by the Watermans Arms at Eton for afternoon ale and tea and the Treasurer’s own cake. The last leg home was marred by so much rain it felt as though we were cycling through Victoria Falls – but we made it ...... and are stronger for it
|Created:||May 18, '16, 03:11PM|
|Starts in:||London, England, GB|
|Selected distance:||31.4 mi|
|Elevation:||+ 657 / - 658 ft|
|Estimated Time||Learn more|
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