Sunday, 29 May 2016

A Saturday afternoon in London


Yes, off we go to meet up for a late Birthday lunch ( Diana's) with Hamish and Melba. I ride the bike to Tooley St with my brand new GPS. I scatter pedestrians as I navigate thru shared walkways at Borough Markets. I get to one end of Tooley Street. It is one way against me because of roadworks.  But there is a cycle way. l look at it.  A man in a fluoro jacket stops me No way Jose! I go round the block and end up outside the Shard !  I try again. The man in the jacket again is not going to let me thru. I am only 500 metres from the restaurant and stymied. OK - some boldness is required here. I wait until the man in the fluoro jacket looks the other way. I rev up and go barrelling full speed down the very narrow cycleway. The man in the fluoro  jacket looks up startled and sees a 500kg motorbike coming straight at him. He jumps out of the way. He has too!  He makes a threatening gesture. I wave back. Good luck with noting down my NZ number plates mate ! We are at the restaurant.  

 

 
 

A very nice lunch. In fact superb.  Then I realise that Tower Bridge is just around the corner. I ride onto it. Lights flash, a gate closes in the middle of the bridge and lo the bridge opens  up for a boat.  

 



 



 
 

And here is Tower Bridge  in action 

 
 

And the Towe of London itself 


 
 

Then after a U turn in the middle of Tower Bridge ( very satisfying!) it is  back to Greenwich and the bike gets all packed up. It is a big day tomorrow as I think we will go on a ride to Cape Town. And Diana gets on tomorrow so it is back to " 2 up " fully laden riding. 


 

2 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Diana. We are going to follow you from wherever we are are you trek to Cape Town. Be safe, have fun and know we love you guys.

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  2. Happy birthday Diana ��
    FYI Dick - your photos are not loading on either phone or computer.

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