|BBB waiting by the London Eye
My cycling partner soon joined me and as we both downloaded the route into our Garmin's we loaded them up and waited............
Not the Garmins fault but more like "human error" Even then it was a little touch and go as to whether we could actually follow the route. Typical example of "Blind leading the blind"
We finally set off on out little adventure on this glorious day in London, perfect weather for random cycling and photography. For the first time in months I actually brought out my big dSLR which I don't like to do as I really like to take care of my Canon EOS 5D Mark II
|City Hall & Tower Bridge
|"Gloriana" Queen Elizabeth II's barge
Back onto the Thames River Path we always get a great view of the buildings in the distance, I knew out next big port of call would be Canary Wharf in the distance.
Then suddenly I saw it.
A yellow flash at the corner of my eye.
The one thing I have been dieing to take a photo of for ever since I heard they existed...
A yellow Boris Bike.
Boris bikes have been painted yellow to mark 100 days until the world-famous Tour de France arrives in London back in March.
There are 101 bikes - marking the 101st Tour this year - and they will circulate until the event arrives in London on Monday 7 July 2014.
I quickly tried to fire off a few quick shots incase it got away. I saw the quick preview of it on the screen and wasn't happy.
Just like a game hunter on safari I stalked my prey, trying not to spook it, keeping down wind but also getting close enough for a better shot. Finally I saw the rider getting off the bike to take a photograph of the bike with the background of the Thames skyline I leaped into action. I told the rider how I have been looking for the yellow Boris bikes for quite sometime and asked if I could take a few shots with BBB. Of course he said yes, well he didn't really have a choice in the matter to be honest I wasto close to my prey to let it slip by.
|TdF Boris Bike & BBB
When I did look over to my cycling partner who I almost completely forgot was with me about I could see a mild bemusement on his face. Yes I do have a thing for yellow just as he has a thing for orange, we understood.
Now was on our return leg towards Docklands and Canary Wharf areas, we did get a little lost as the routes kinda got confused (well that's my story and I'm sticking to it) but between us we kinda got to where we was going by remembering landmarks we had pasted on previous rides in the area.
We noticed that there was quite a number of naval ships docked. I think we counted atleast 2 docked naval vessels, they looked like they where actually "active" vessels to.
Being in the Canary Wharf area our Garmins had a hard time getting a good gps signal because of the tall buildings but I knew the next point was the Greenwich foot tunnel so we made out way to the entrance and made out way though.
Now next up was Greenwich which I have been looking forward to. Greenwich Park has a pretty steep hill on the outside edge on the road called "Croom Hill"
This hill I have had major trouble with before so I was looking forward to see how my new upgrades would work on it. I have to say that as always took my time on hills and I know my cycling partner loves them, so he just cycled up it leaving me for dust. Serious impressive as always but I knew I could do it. I got in the ride gear from the start and just kept my legs "spinning" and kept my cadence in the 80-90 range.
To my amazement I was doing it, I was "spinning" up this damn hill which had cause me great annoyance in past rides. I killed ANOTHER big hill that had beaten me in the past. I couldn't help but smile once I got over the to top to see my cycling partner waiting for me but this time not so long. He asked how was it and I said "AWESOME" I didn't even need to rest that much either and we set off again.
|Floating Police Station
|CrossRail works on London Nocturne course
As always it was great cycling with my buddy and sharing out love of cycling and photography.
When out on your bicycle I would recommend getting lost in your own city, you never know what you may discover right in your own back yard.
Map & Ride Data
p.s I also upload my data to Strava and I saw that I somehow got a KOM. According to Strava I was doing 191mph on Snow Hill (down) segment somehow. My first ever KOM but I don't think it will last or be official but it did make me laugh pretty hard when I saw my speed. Hope the police don't see it as I could get a big speeding ticket.
Caught speeding on a Brompton doing 191mph :)