So this evening I arrive at Fenchurch Street station to find hordes of people milling about and the doors to the station closed. Seems like a power failure down the line had brought everything to a standstill. So rather than wait around for goodness knows how long, I head off to Liverpool St station and catch the train to Southend Victoria.
As we pull out of Liverpool St, I have one of my good ideas. I won’t catch the train from Southend to Shoeburyness but will cycle home along the seafront. Brilliant. Quick check of the weather forecast and yes it is windy (21 mph gusting to 35 mph) but it’s tailwinds so it will be a quick ride home.
Cycling down Southend High Street was fine but as soon as I get to Pier Hill and overlook the sea, whomph. The wind hits and I literally come to a standstill!
Maybe it will be better when I get down to the seafront.
Nope, not a chance.
It seems that I have misread that little circle with an arrow thing on the Met Office website and I am now cycling into headwinds and crosswinds. Not to mention the occasional sandblast from the beach.
That was some ride along the seafront but at least it will teach me to pay better attention to the weather forecast symbols from now on.
But I still thoroughly enjoyed it and far better than a crowded train.