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8th October, guided down the guided busway to St Ives and back via Willingham. 40 miles

Today’s ride, organised by our leader Maurice and attended by Andrew R, John B, John T, Keith, Howard and Martin, started from Trumpington Park and Ride and took us swiftly into Cambridge along the guided busway, but not as swiftly as the buses which whizz along silently at high speed, perilously close to cyclists at times. From the centre of Cambridge we had a scenic ride over Midsummer Common and then alongside the river and the grubby narrow boats to Chesterton, where we headed up to Milton Road to join the guided busway again to St Ives, crossing various roads en route. Whilst smooth and fast the route got a bit tedious after a couple of miles but counting the many buses helped to pass the time. Howard had a puncture which Maurice helped mend whilst the rest of us pedalled on to St Ives for much needed caffeine, to avoid falling asleep on the return leg. It wasn’t long before Howard and Maurice arrived to join us at the splendid River Tea Rooms on the River Ouse by the disused bridge (for traffic).

The River Tea Room at St. Ives on an idyllic Autumn day.
The River Tea Rooms at St. Ives on an idyllic Autumn day.
The Johns in deep discussion
The Johns in deep discussion

Then it was off to say hello to Oliver Cromwell who was born in Huntingdon in 1599 and lived in St Ives from 1631 until 1636.

Oliver Cromwell and his  faithful supporters
Oliver Cromwell and his faithful supporters

And then it was back more or less the way we came but with a pleasant diversion through Over to Willingham where we stopped at the auction rooms for lunch outside in blazing sunshine, and an interesting selection of beers of varying alcoholic strength.

Thanks, Maurice for guiding us along the guided busway!

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