Got up at 5am as I had to take Keir to Salford Uni he is starting his second year of his politics degree. We loaded the car up with everything except the Kitchen Sink. We left at 6am the journey and traffic was fine. The only downsides was we stopped at Newport Pagnell services, there was no cooked vegetarian breakfast option for keir so he had a roll, maybe it was for the best as my cooked breakfast was never going to burn my mouth it was crap. We arrived at his accommodation at 11.30 am.
It is about a mile from where he stayed before it is a very nice place.
I texted Joby to see if he wanted to meet up for a coffee but he was already at lunch my fault should have contacted him in the week, maybe another time mate.
Anyway bid farewell to keir at 2.15 pm the traffic going back was a lot heavier any way I thought I would stop at Norton Canes services on the M6 Toll know these services very well the Chelsea coaches always stop here. When I got there it was rammed much more than on a Football day, apparently there was some bloke visiting London from some place in Italy called the Vatican City lol. Got home about 8.15pm
Got up at 8am for my trip to East London for stage 8 of The Tour of Britain
left home about 9am arrived at custom house station wasn’t sure which way to go I see a couple of race marshals asked them where the start was they told me to follow the cones and barriers which was fine except they sent me the wrong way because where I was, if they sent me the other way it was about a mile away instead of approximately 6 miles away anyway got to start after my hike still I suppose the exercise is good. The charity bike ride was about to start participants paid £20.00 each to ride the 11km course once or twice, for this they received a medal, food, and a drink with the profits going to the Prostate Cancer charity, there looked like at least 200 people took part which included some children.
Before the race started I went off to get some food I was walking back towards Custom House I happen to come across where the support vehicles were parked there was bike porn to die for.
More pictures Here
After eating made my way back not to the start as by now it was rammed, went further down the road where you could stand not only has the riders left the start but cross over the road for when they came back this mean’t you got the best of both worlds. What surprised me was how fast they travel when you watch it on the TV you don’t get the impression of speed. Also the number of support vehicles involved.
Overall I had a really good day on reflection watching the final stage set up as a circuit means you get to see all bikes several times compared to once on a stage that is from A to B. It’s the only professional sport that I know of you watch for free.