Thursday, 7 February 2013

7th February 2013 Looking back Part 5

Rest day today so taking the chance to look back at rides that have not been published before. Tell a lie, I have actually been out on my bike but that was a necessity, not for pleasure. I needed to take a car to the garage for repair so oiked the mountain bike on the back and rode home after it was dropped off. A massive 3 miles to add to my total today!  The bad news is, the garage have just called me to say apart from the front suspension repair, there is a leak in the front shock absorbers, and they will do it today for £430. Noooooooo. Wait till next month.
Anyway, looking back.

The Railway Cafe

This was back in October and opened up a new chapter in cycling; getting further afield.
This was the first time I had taken the bike on the back of the car and went to Stratford upon Avon to ride the Greenway, a disused railway line.  This cafe was also recently visited in the ice and snow, no flowers around then.

The Greenway

 This is on the disused railway line that runs between Stratford town and Long Marston, a small village about 5 miles south of Stratford.  The single track line was built in 1859 and closed in 1976. It is now a trail for both walkers and cyclists.

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Could not visit Stratford without calling in on the Bard.  The house is in Henley Street and is a restored 16th century half timbered house where it is believed that Shakespeare was born and spent his childhood here. It is now a museum. It has been referred to as the Mecca for all lovers of literature. It certainly has made Stratford the tourist attraction that it is today. 

Olympic post boxes

These two boxes are in Bridge Street Stratford and were painted gold to celebrate the gold medal that James Roe, a para olympic rower, won in London.  James was born in Leamington but now lives in Stratford. There are some more of these in Alcester which is one of my targets for the future. 

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