A diversion to Epsom….



As we left our Travelodge in Horton, near Heathrow Terminal 5, I was struck by the leafy greenness of the ‘country lanes’ around Heathrow….green fields, sparse housing, relatively little traffic..no wonder Heathrow is being targeted for a second runway. Look carefully at the first few miles of our route….. crossing the big reservoir to the SW of Heathrow truly tested the ‘pedalo functionality’ of the tandem!
We headed on through Staines, Walton on Thames, Chertsey, Shepperton (of the famous studios), Esher (boasting the greatest percentage of detached houses in the country) and onto Epsom (famous for its salts and Derby). The River treated us to glimpses of quintessentially Thames scenes like this…..


…and curious street art like this, entitled Out of order


But we had to leave the river temporarily, and head further south to Epsom, and an unmissable opportunity to stay the night with one of my four brothers and his wife. He is not only a fanatical golfer, but an excellent cook…..so how else does one go armed with a present for the table?wpid-imag2090.jpgHaving a brother who is a ‘golfing gourmet’ can lead to a variety of puns……..and his potatoes had to be served as ‘wedges’, of course!

About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on September 26, 2015, in The Thames by tandem 295km and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. The street art looks amazing. It’s something very special!


  2. Remember leading a Sunday CTC ride from Windsor to Leatherhead over these Surrey heaths using bridleways in the days before the A3 was dualled and the M25 built. 3 course lunch with mug of tea at transport café for 5 bob!


  3. I guess they went around the country looking for cast-off decommissioned telephone boxes.

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  4. Even using a ‘Measuring worth’ calculator, that was still only just over £5 in 2015 values…….it was a good deal!


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