Having got the location of the top secret meeting point Richmond Park. Knowing that the Victoria Line was closed for the day I made sure I planned ahead to see how I could to get there.
Woke up about 2 hrs before my alarm went off, me excited much? narrrr not me >:D *does a jig*
First things first looking out of my bedroom window I saw it had been raining for most of the night but looked to be clearing abit as I set off from home. Just as I got to the station closest to the meeting point it started to rain, not light rain but HEAVY RAIN. Oh great but no worries I had prepared myself by having my ageing waterproofs so quickly whipped those on before leaving the station.
Made it to the meeting point and I think I may have been the first few there, the green was deserted, just a few hardcore runners & dog walkers here and there. Well I was 1 hour early, I didn't know I would get there so early but found some very nice big trees to shelter under.
|Brompton Bumble B looking bad ass as always >:) thats my boy|
Slowly but surely a few Bromptons started to turn up, everyone with waterproofs of some kind, us Brompton riders always come prepared for any type of weather I've noticed.
|Can you tell I'm happy >:D|
Note to self must get a few to put in bag for emergencies.
|Impressed with my matching black and yellow socks eh?, he was >:D|
|All happy cause we didn't know we is going up a few BIG hills in Richmond Park|
Now it was time for the actually ride. I've never ridden in Richmond Park so I didn't know what to expect. Got chatting with a few riders from all different walks of life. One gentleman was a lecturer doing a paper on social networks if I remember correctly. Me and OrangeBrompton talked about a few of our adventures we've had together.
A few riders ofcourse recognized Bumble B (He is a crowd puller) and ofcourse had to say hello, get a few photos too. Always a big smile when people see him. Its what I like to call the "Bumble B Effect!"
|Some of the residents|
I'm not a hardcore rider when it comes to rain but when your on an event like this it kinda adds to the greatness of the event that you choosing to stick with it and trust me it is worth it.
Saw other cyclist around on road bikes zooming around the place as well as dog walkers etc, when they saw this big gang of Bromptonians riding past they all had to stop and stare and probably thinking
"Where can I get a cool bike like that?!" esp when they saw Bumble B the normal reaction is a big smile & giggle >:D
10min rest and we started the to the site of the Brompton holy grail, The Brompton Factory. I didn't know what to expect at this point as this was my first event of this type.
|OFFICIAL GUEST don't you know >:P|
I can say this enough but I was SERIOUSLY IMPRESSED. Right at the entrance was drinks to quench our thirsts. Non alcoholic stuff as well as something with abit of a kick. I've never tried Pimms before but I'll be damned if that isn't my new fav drink now with bits of fruit in ( part of your 5-a-day you know >:D ). I almost cheeky enough to ask if I could take the whole jug after the first tasting.
|Very Hungry Bromptonians|
|YUMMY Just like home >:)|
|Sound of the Caribbean here in London town|
|The line for food >:D|
Do you know what time it is?
It's CAKE TIME!!!!
|mmmmm cake mmmmmm oh and PIMMS|
|All done >:D|
|The Holy Grail.|
Part 2 "The Holy Grail...."