Well it’s the last day and I decided to cycle to Windsor which I have cycled to before but not from dad’s house. It’s actually quite close only just over 14 miles to get there, so it didn’t take long to get there. Took a couple photos and then headed back home. All in all, it’s been a good 3 days of cycling albeit small rides but places that I grew up in and cycled as a child. I’m reminded of the first bike I ever had, it had stabilisers and Dad trying to teach me how to ride and then without the stabilisers. As I grew I remember cycling down the drive and down the road without using my brakes which given dads house is on a hill side and the drive is like 10% gradient with the road not being much shallower I must have been quite mad! I won’t dare do that now. I head home on Saturday and I’m in London tomorrow so farewell High Wycombe it was nice knowing you…
Well it’s day 2 and Garmin decided to go stupid on me and not record the first 7-8 odd miles to Marlow Anyway I’ve never actually ridden to Marlow so decided to do that today and have lunch by the Thames. It was then on to West Wycombe a place I learnt to drive but again never ridden the bike too. There was a site there that I had seen for 40 years and wondered what it was but never got around to going there so I made the effort today. I ended up at a place called Hell-Fire Caves which I didn’t know about, it wasn’t the place I could see at the top of the hill, that was further on. Anyway it looks like an interesting place but you need to pay to get in and I wasn’t carrying my bike lock so I couldn’t go in. As I carried on to the top of the hill I could see what I was after a place called Saint Lawrence Church which has a very distinctive globe on the top of its spire which is what I can see from a long way away or when I drove past it going to Princes Risbourgh. It has a very unusual octagon shaped building around the back of it which you can’t see from the road. Suffice to say I did take photos but I forgot the camera cable to upload the photos so I’ll do that at the weekend when I go home. Tomorrow will be my last day of cycling if I get any done as the house cleaners are coming tomorrow as well so we’ll see.
So this will be the last time I cycle in Wycombe, the place I grew up in and learned to ride a bike. For the record I’m at my dad’s old house before we sell it and this will be the last time I come to High Wycombe. I’m glad my cycling memory is still intact as I was cycling roads I hadn’t done in nearly 30 years, so it was a nice surprise that I could remember where I was going :-). I started by heading to all the schools I used to attend and then on to Loudwater where I used to live old forge road hadn’t changed much, albeit the surrounding area had, and number 4 was still there but only a different colour. I then continued on to Beaconsfield and Gerrard’s Cross where I used to ride my bike for a job I had there. It was then onto roads I hadn’t cycled before heading to Amersham and then back to Hazelmere down to the Rye and back up Hatters Land hill which is where the secondary school was that I went to, after that it was back to Dads. Tomorrow I’ll be heading the other way over to Marlow and West Wycombe.
Just a little ride today after collecting my bike from its service and upgrade to Shimarno Ultegra groupset Also had to get new wheels on since I was going from a 10 speed to a 11 speed so got some Mavic Ksyrium 700C Wheels.