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Overnight Cycle Ride

19 June 2006

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On Saturday night 17 June, 8 valiant nutters set off for an overnight bike adventure - why?

Because it's midsummer and the nights are short and warm and there's a magic about enjoying the party atmosphere of midsummer.  

The route is a beaut! Train to London Paddington, across Hyde Park, alongside Green Park to Buckingham Palace, and down to the Houses of Parliament and along the Thames Path seeing the embankment alive with midnight revellers and extraordinary buskers including a lady in Victorian dress playing the piano!!


The Thames Path took us along the River to Kew and then at Brentford we got onto the Grand Union canal towpath and followed it 15 miles to Slough town centre!


The Jubilee River is a delightful 8 mile ride to finish at Jenners Café on Maidenhead Riverside for a huge well earned breakfast.


Result: 50 miles ridden, no punctures, no hills, and a night to remember! 

Gathered on Cookham Station!
All set to peddle from Paddington
Going under Wellington's Arch at Hyde Park Corner.

Using the horse riders push button to cross the road!
On Westminster bridge, just before midnight! Meeting student revelers celebrating the end of exams at the Victoria

The London Eye - beautiful and blue! Tower Bridge is magic!
 brilliant busker in victorian dress playing a full size piano!

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London Bridge is lit up pink
The Thames Bridge takes us under loads of interesting bridges.... Regent's Bridge is pretty as a picture

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The sign says its only 137 miles to Birmingham Crossing the canal an hour before dawn... At Bulls Bridge the sky starts to clear...

4:30am sunrise The junction of the Slough spur Michael and Alan still smiling

Andy  glances back to see the sun come up!
The canal ends in a building site in Slough!
long shadows - the end is in sight

Jubilee River - at 6am 
Jubilee River - at 6am 
Mike has earned a huge Jenners breakfast!

contented cyclists - Mike, Timmy, Michael, John, Alan and Keith! 

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