This Wednesday was national Cycle to Work day and what a hump day treat it turned out to be.
Up at 5:30am I was out the door and heading towards the train station in time to witness sunrise on what would turn out to be one of the hottest days of the year.
I’d opted to split my commute between bike and train, partly due to fitness and partly due to not fancying a 40 mile round road ride on my ramin 3 plus bike! Don’t get me wrong, I love the big chunky beast of a bike for offroad trails but those big wide tyres do drag somewhat on tarmac.
It was a nice change to be able to enjoy a beautiful sunrise whilst heading to work without worrying about traffic jams or my broken air con. No need for that when racing through the cool morning air on a bike.
I arrived at the station in good time, allowing me a while to relax and enjoy watching the London bound commuters rushing in the opposite direction whilst I caught my breath.
The final section from Pluckley station to the office was just a short 4 mile blast down some quiet rural roads and I spotted two points of interest en route. Firstly, a rather nice looking pub just outside the station which I promised myself I would stop at on the way home and secondly a sweet looking Bridleway which I would also be sure to make use of coming home.
The Bridleway turned out to be a fun cut through but alas upon arrival I found the pub was shut! But I wasn’t going to let that dampen my spirits, I simply hopped on the next train and used my allocated drinking time to take an extended route home.
All in I clocked up 25 miles of riding, not a huge amount but certainly more than I’d usually get on any given Wednesday (and certainly more than I’d get before work).
The feeling of arriving at my desk having already had a mini adventure was great and I’ll certainly be looking to do more of this in the future, especially as I’ll be picking up my new road/touring bike next week 🙂
ahh what an ace way to start the day! I ride to work every day but it’s only 2 miles so sometimes I do a longer ride beforehand to get it in 🙂
I used to have a three mile commute and add some extra bits in on way home! Current distance and job not ideal for biking but certainly going to try to do more!