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.