63 miles for a cup of tea!
Most people make a trip to the kitchen to have a cup of tea. They are the sensible ones. Others might nip down to the village cafe which, of course, includes a bit of gentle exercise, if they walk.
If ever you’ve ‘dabbled’ in that niche of the cycling world where ‘having a cup of tea’ or ‘a piece of cake’ becomes the reason for a morning-long ride, sometimes stretching to 70-80 miles, you know a clinical psychologist could have a field day puzzling over human motivation.
What I loved about yesterday’s ride (63 miles/101km) was that it took me north, through the upper reaches of Northamptonshire and into Rutland, to the little village of Barrowden, where the cafe is a community-run business, kept alive by a cooperative of local villagers who volunteer their time. I love supporting businesses like that. The welcome is always genuine, and the service very friendly.
What is more, this route took me through tiny stone villages, with their crops of thatched cottages and a smattering of manor houses, with evocative names like Bulwick, Blatherwycke, Kings Cliffe, Apethorpe, Wakerley, Warmington and, of course, the famous Fotheringhay.
And back at home, lunch was paella…………….could it get any better?