On Good Friday Pete and I decided to go for a challenging cycle ride. It was challenging as we are quite fit enough for it. However, the route was perfect for people like us... the canal tow path.
I drove us to Stanstead St Margarets, a village not far from Ware in Hertfordshire (about 30 minutes from our house). Then we set off, soon passing where we picked up the barge a few weeks ago.
The route south into London is really beautiful and after a few miles we stopped for a coffee at the Olympic white water canoeing park. It's an impressive place, but far more compact than I thought it would be. The course was virtually empty of water when we arrived, but there were loads of people there getting ready to go down the manmade rapids in rafts. The sirons went off and the water started flowing and flowing. We watched for a while.
Back on track, we continued under the M25 and into London. We had lunch at Springfield Park and made it to the Olympic Park where the canal splits. We turned right and ended up at Limehouse, just opposite from where we used to live.
A slow ride along the Thames path to a tourist packed Tower Bridge and then to Liverpool Street station. You didn't think we were cycling all the way back did you?! In fact, we didn't get a train all the way back; we got off about 5 miles early and painfully cycled back to the car. My knees had given in by this point.
So we arrived back at the car and the GPS on the iPhone said we had cycled 50.43km. It felt like it too! It was a great day - starting out at 9am and arrived home at 6pm.