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Four of us join Jim Swan for a New Year's Day ride: Alan Potter, Cliff Jones, John Hare and myself. We set off through what was once, RAF Uxbridge,we duck and dive through Hillingdon and Hayes, in a gloriously inventive fashion reminiscent of a Dave Taylor urban extravaganza. Through Yeading we head for Northala Park and the San Remo Cafe for elevenses. Quite by chance I notice Richard Clough, a West Middlesex rider, out for a stroll. He joins us for coffee. Of the assembled Loiterers, Richard is probably only known to Jim and myself, but with cycling the common theme, there is plenty to natter about.
Under leaden skies we leave, heading north. At Dinosaur Park, West End Road (near the Polish War Memorial), John bids us farewell. Unsure of the best way home, Jim points him down Sharvel Lane, and presumably a lot of mud before he gets back to Hillingdon. The rest of us continue our northward trend through South Ruislip and Pinner. By Northwood, the promised rain starts. While others stop to don rain gear, I'm already clad, Dressing in head to toe P.P.E. is more easily achieved in the comfort of your own home. After a very short stretch of the Ebury Way, we arrive at our lunch stop, Morrisons, West Watford. The hot food menu seems to be limited to breakfast fare today, and this is what most of the group have. I settle for a sandwich and a piece of cake. With cider off the menu too, Cliff is forced to have a second cup of coffee.
With the rain still pouring down, the decision is made to head back by a more direct route than the one planned. Back on the Ebury Way, we travel it's length to Rickmansworth, then shadow the North Orbital back to Denham. Along the Pygtle, I choose the wrong moment to check my rear light. Going at no great speed, I contact a wall, quickly followed by the ground. The only thing wounded is my pride. The bike and accessories are ok. We continue through the golf course to Uxbridge, then disperse for home and to ring out our clothes.
|Started in:||London, England, GB|
|Elevation:||+ 1062 / - 1100 ft|
|Departed:||Jan 01, '17, 10:02AM|
|Starts in:||London, England, GB|
|Selected distance:||38.2 mi|
|Elevation:||+ 1062 / - 1100 ft|
|Selection Moving Time:||03:50:48|
|Max Speed:||19.9 mph|
|Avg. Speed:||9.9 mph|
Best format for turn by turn directions on Edge 500, 510. Will provide true turn by turn navigation on Edge 800, 810, 1000, Touring including custom cue entries. Great for training when we release those features. Not currently optimal for Virtual Partner.
Useful for uploading your activity to another service, keeping records on your own computer etc.
Useful for any GPS unit. Contains no cuesheet entries, only track information (breadcrumb trail). Will provide turn by turn directions (true navigation) on the Edge 705/800/810/1000/Touring, but will not have any custom cues. Works great for Mio Cyclo. Find GPS specific help in our help system.
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