|My "magic pants".|
Like cycle shorts, but much smaller
They are for wearing under
|enjoying a rest in Haddenham|
|The War Memorial at Haddenham, near to the church and pond.|
|Then onto thame, then down to Milton Common.|
This was the main London to Oxford road for many, many years, before being superceded by the M40 Motorway.
|28 km (17 miles) covered to Milton Common.|
|National Route 5 (a cycle route) forks at this point.|
I take the "hard" fork over the hill.
This is the view from Littleworth up the hill (which continues in the woods)
|Shotover Park is at the top of the hill, and looks down over Oxford|
|Rutted, stony, and muddy.|
The route over Shotover hill isn't for fancy lightweight wheels!
Mermaid copes fine, of course.
|And onto Oxford, with the dreaming spires|
|Parked up near the Ashmolean Museum|
|Never sure what actually counts as the |
centre of Oxford.
This olde worlde tower
(looks like a market tower to me)
at the end of a Broad Street is as
good a "centre" as any!
|A hot drink for me.|
I brought a hot blackcurrant drink from home.
Plenty of sugar in the syrup, so it warms me up,
and tops up my carbs at the same time.
|Bike spotting 1: A Raleigh Twenty folder|
|Bike Spotting 2: A Dawes Kingpin.|
Very similar to the Raleigh Twenty, but the Dawes
has "standard" thread sizes, unlike the Raleigh!
|Limping home cold and tired, I still had time to enjoy these snow drops by the roadside near Cuddington.|
So there you have it.
90km was a bit more than I could handle on the day, but it made me stronger for my first century of 2016, just three weeks later. I took more spare clothing for that one!