On a perfect summer’s evening just two Windmillers, Andrew and Martin, set forth from the Pheasant at 17.30 following a similar route as the week before and, hey presto, the same Specialized bike and its owner John B were spotted once again outside The Bull at Lower Langley. So two became three and we ambled back through the lanes after suitable refreshment, taking in the air, marvelling at the lovely scenery, and stealing peas from a large field.
On the way through Arkesden we stopped and chatted to the organiser of one of the official stops on the London to Cambridge bike ride held the previous day, which Martin took part in on behalf of Vernon who was unable to make it at the last moment – more anon. The Arkesden welcome was amazing – a village hall full of home made cakes and free drinks for thirsty cyclists. They made over £1,500 for village charities. The organiser, Rod Higgins, was also Chairman of Arkesden Parish Council and a keen cyclist – he cycles mainly with another chap who rides one of those low lie-on-yer-back tricycles with flags galore to prevent being mown down by large Volvos and the like. He would be a good addition to the Windmill Club if he can be persuaded to come along.
Talking of members, it would be good to increase attendance on our short Monday evening rides. These are always great fun and usually end up in The Pheasant where succulent goujons and chips are once again on offer.
Thanks, Andrew, for a gentle ride – much needed after 80 miles on a tandem the day before.