Bourton on the Water-Northleach-Stow on the Wold (70km)

You can’t go anywhere in the Cotswolds without stumbling across places with quadruple-barrelled names……there are no simple Stows or Bourtons….they have to be ‘on the water’ or ‘on the wold’, or even ‘in marsh’……which means that aspiring wordsmiths like me fail to keep to notional word limits……

But then who needs to be a wordsmith when others come up with the pithy captions for you……?

And when you take your attention off the road, and ignore the dangers that lurk under the waters of a river ford, you are likely to come a cropper…..

…as Alex and Jean did when they tried to cross this on  their tandem…..but happily, it had a positive outcome. Pride had taken a knocking, but no broken bones, and not a scratch on the tandem…….and a over-dinner talking point for years to come. Yep, we will tease them….

With almost unbroken sunshine today, all 460 birthday riders were out on the roads, sometimes descending on the same cafes and adding to the frenetic tourist industry that has become the lifeblood of these parts.

And some of our company see no barriers to getting out and riding……like this hand cyclist whose partner has a rear connector to help push him along. Truly inspiring……

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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 August 11, 2017, in Cycling UK and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Those rear connectors are nice touches. A friend of mine has one on his hand bike. It does take some exceptional balance to push though.

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