Party in the Back

Old military road

So we had a party to attend this afternoon – a 70th birthday celebration, just down on the coast, a mere 24 miles away as the bike rides and while, even for me, a round trip of 48 miles* is a bit of a reach, the weather was so gorgeous we decided to go for it anyway.

spring woods

There are so many reasons for embarking on such an adventure: saving some CO2 emissions, being able to take full advantage of the party catering (delicious), having something to talk about to your fellow guests, and the chance to properly appreciate all the glories of spring as it gets into gear. But never mind all that for we came back via papershop village and our old house and that meant a chance to check out developments at the ford.

Our ford correspondent has been keeping us updated on the stupidity of surfacing a road that is underwater 90% of the time with tarmac, and its subsequent deterioration, but I haven’t had a chance to see this for myself until now. After an unprecedentedly dry spring, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to check it out – but it turns out the powers that be are on to it. They have seen the error of their ways and reverted to concrete:

ford repairs

And they have not been messing around.

ford repairs closer

More on this important story as we get news.

* 49.9 once you’ve factored in the odd navigational error. Ahem.

3 Responses to Party in the Back

  1. Andy in Germany says:

    “having something to talk about to your fellow guests, ”

    This is one reason why bicycles are so useful for introverts…Unusual bicycles even more so…

  2. Lizzie says:

    Yes, definitely the “having something to talk about”!! And I find that cycling to something like this rather than driving just wakes me up and enables me to enjoy the event more (thinking in particular of things I didn’t want to go to….).

  3. disgruntled says:

    @andy Yes, we were definitely outshone by our friends who came on a tandem
    @lizzie – I know what you mean – the party was an enjoyable one anyway, but the whole was certainly improved by how we got there (getting back was, admittedly, a bit of a slog)

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