76 miles just for a cup of tea!

We all suffer from eccentricities. Some manage to keep theirs hidden, others can’t prevent theirs reaching the public domain. To tell someone (especially a non-cyclist) that you cycled a round trip of 76 miles (122kms) just for a cup of tea…….well, they might shake their heads in silent sympathy, or give you the calling card of a local psychotherapist. But, yes……I have to admit, I did just that. But then there was a little more to it. The cup of tea (and slice of coffee cake) were consumed in the company of a bunch of fellow eccentrics who, likewise, had ridden their respective mileages to get to the café. And one or two in the company had not expected to see me there. After all, my journey there had touched on 5 different counties (Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland)

The café was in the tiny Leicestershire village of Medbourne, miles from anywhere, but arrayed with pretty stone houses and complemented by a delightful little stream running through its heart. Set in the sweeping folds of the Welland Valley, the contours of the landscape made this perfect cycling country. Plenty of hills to climb and descents to enjoy, and the countryside was still alive with the yellow of the oilseed rape.

Was it worth it?…………………..I’d do it again tomorrow!

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on May 8, 2012, in Aspects of Britain, Cycling UK and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. That stream is perfect.

  2. I totally get it! Have been known to do the same myself! Looks like the perfect journey for a cup of tea and some cake!

    • Agree entirely Anita. When I was on the training camp in Mallorca, everyone else was training for the coming racing season. Me? I was just having a great time and training for the next piece of cake ;0)

  3. I find that somehow the taste of the food improves with the length of travel you take to get it.

  4. To think, Frank, that I thought of suggesting Hallaton to you; but decided not to do so as it was surely too far. Then I googled (yes, it’s a verb) Medbourne and found it to be just a few Miles south of Hallaton, where you will find an excellent cafe open 7 days a week and very popular with the lycra lads (and lasses).

    • Yes Tony, I’ve heard about the café at Hallaton (our guys over that way use it a lot) and when I got to Medbourne, I saw a sign telling me that Hallaton was only 2 miles away! Looks as if I’ve now taken away my own excuses for not going all the way to Hallaton ‘just for a cup of tea’. Hey ho……..

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