It was that time of the year again. Time to get up with the sparrows, eat the obligatory bowl of porridge and then catch the train to London for the sheer pleasure of cycling back to Southend. That was also the raison d’etre for this blog back when I first did the ride back in 2007. For the past three years, a group of us from work (the GDS Peloton) had done the ride. This year I was doing it on my own again and wondering what that would be like.
As usual, I’d been checking the weather in the run up to the ride. And it wasn’t good. It looked as though I was going to get wet, at least for the first half of the ride. But as the day drew closer, the weather forecast did what it so often does, and the time rain was due to start and stop was forecast as earlier and earlier. On the train into London, the skies went very dark and the promised rain fell from the skies. But, thankfully it stooped by the time the train arrived into London and, apart from a few spits and spots on the way to the start line, stayed stopped. The sun then came out as I rode across the start line as it turned into a glorious day. Although I missed having the company and chatter of the GDS Peloton, it was a truly great ride. Possibly one of the best I’ve done.