Kimbolton-Bury St Edmunds 100km

Obstructions in life are commonplace, but on a bike they usually take the form of other road users or pedestrians, and seldom curious cows blocking the way on riverside paths

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…..but sometimes you come across little medieval gems like this, that would have been used by trains of 50 pack-horses taking produce to the market

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….and (apologies for the excessive reflection on the windscreen) then you chance by a rusting campervan that has one member of its ‘skeleton crew’ sitting in the front passenger seat. When I asked the owner, he simply said they couldn’t afford to bury every member of the family…..

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…..and anyway, she never answers him back.

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 August 14, 2016, in Cycling UK and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Typical of a cyclist to view pedestrians as ‘obstructions’. As a walker, I’m often astonished how cyclists treat us with contempt and hardly ever with common courtesy. You think we should just get out of your way, but frankly, we can’t hear you speeding up behind us. I can count on the fingers of one foot how many times cyclists have announced their presence behind me with a warning shout or even, (much rarer these days) ringing their bell. It’s much more common for a cyclist to race past unannounced and miss you by a hair’s breadth. Obstructions, indeed. Lessons in treating fellow travellers with respect should be compulsory for the growing legions of cyclists who think they own the streets.

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  2. Even though I view your comments ‘from the saddle’ I agree with you entirely. Paths and tracks should never (ever) be shared space for both walkers and cyclists. The two together are a lethal mixture, and when dogs on (or off) leads are included, you know there is going to be trouble. We need to look carefully at the model infrastructure used by countries like Holland and Belgium……

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