Throwing in the towel: Hungerford to Newbury

A logistical challenge was looming. The canal tow path was still too narrow for balancing on the tandem, with the added risk of falling into the water, so we headed off over the hills, making our route to Reading much longer than anticipated. And I had a logistical problem to solve…….how to get back to Bristol to pick up the car and get back to Reading in time.

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So we got as far as Newbury, I checked out the trains, there would be two changes to Bristol, but…….and this was a BIG BUT……the trains were disrupted by engineering works. To cut a long story short, I got to Bristol and got back to Newbury about five hours later where Jenny was patiently waiting for me on the station, and we headed off to a service station on the motorway and had ‘our lunch’ at about 7pm.

It’s never too late…….

 

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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 2, 2018, in Bristol-Newbury by tandem and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You could have given us a shout Frank – I’d have ferried you back to Bristol. I’ve written to Sustrans about the stretch of NCR 4 between Aldermaston and Reading. Much of it is not really suitable for anything other than a MTB. No reply though.

    • Yep, the ‘approval rating’ given by Sustrans of its rideability is a bit misleading….to say the least. But I suppose they seldom have tandems in mind……like the Way of the Roses, where we had to negotiate a couple of kissing gates over a railway line.

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