Posted on Tuesday 31 October 2017 by Charles Harvey
Rather to my surprise, 16 turned up for the ride. I suspect that it was the appeal of a late start and the fact that the clocks had gone back the previous night helped. Our start was slightly delayed when one of our number found she had a puncture in a tyre that was very hard to lever off the rim. Fortunately, there was a branch of Evans nearby where a mechanic was able to remove it easily without even using tyre levers. How do these professionals do it?
I’m quite shameless when it comes to recycling (pun intended) old rides. The route, best described as labyrinthine, was the same one as I used at Easter for Barnet Cyclists and number of Barnet Cyclist members who hadn’t been able to come at Easter joined us. The route twisted and turned until we reached CS3 at Lower Thames Street near Southwark Bridge. From there CS3 is almost a straight-line route to the Docklands Museum. En route, we looked at various plaques and memorials, to William Wallace, the Scottish patriot, to the Battle of Cable Street (commemorated by both a plaque and a mural) and to the chemist Sir William Perkin, who discovered the first aniline dye.
Once at the museum, we had two hours to have lunch and look round the museum. Few on the ride had been there before and were impressed by its size and the quality of the exhibits. We used the Thames Path to return and had some spectacular views of the river. Passing back through the City of London, we paused to look at Postman’s Park and George Frederick Watts’ distinctive memorial to those who lost their lives trying to save others. We returned to King’s Cross at 16.00.
I’d like to record my particular thanks to Geoff Stilwell, who acted as backstop throughout the ride. The fact that nobody got separated from the group in what was a complicated and twisty route is due to him.