The intrepid will win through
When the rains have passed, the waters will continue to rise. Anyone who lives near a river will know that, and anyone who lives in fear of a river invading their property will know what measures to take to protect their homes and gardens. When it comes to public highways, however, rivers will boldly go where motorists and cyclists hope to pass.
Our Sunday club run this morning found one such river, in the village of Radwell in north Bedfordshire. A stretch of 300-400 metres was completely under water, much too deep to ride through, and much too deep for average cars to handle. A poor motorist had just been towed out of the flood by a breakdown truck. No insurance company is going to look kindly on the driver’s poor judgement. But the notorious history of this stretch is evident in the construction of a permanent pedestrian flood walkway, which allows us to keep our feet and bikes dry.
If only we could encourage this temporary surplus of water to penetrate to the aquifers………..