Thursday, 31 December 2015

Train to Bridgwater 24

Tuesday, got back from a week away in Tenerife, and was looking forward to getting back on two wheels as  it wasn't possible to hire one out there.  The weather yesterday was atrocius with the country in the grip of Storm Frank (we give 'em names now), and heavy rain and 50+mph gusts of wind was not good cycling conditions at all.  What a difference a day makes, blue sky, not too cold, and a strong southerly wind which was used to my adavantage.

Weston super Mare Railway Station.

Caught the 1023 train to Bridgwater and turned off the GPS temporarily which caused the straight line on the map after turning it back on again at the other end.  Train was pretty busy with not much room for the bike but the journey did not take long and had a nice chat with a couple of passengers.

Burnham Sailing Club

Didn't take any time to explore Bridgwater, just headed back north on the A38.  That major road was not too busy at all (perhaps they were all on the train) and after criss crossing it a few times rode into Burnham on Sea via the coast track past the marina.  The tide was right in so it was nice to see all the yachts afloat. Normally, they are keeled over on the mud.

Burnham Pier

After cheese on toast and a 'cuppa' at the Bay View Cafe, headed back through Brean. Went past the shortest pier in Britain on Burnham sea front. From this angle you can see why. Not much on there at all, a small cafe and some slot machines. Originally it was built between 1911 and 1914 and was a bit of an experiment to see if a pier would withstand the occasional high tide and winds.  Clearly it did, although other piers at Weston and Clevedon had taken all the ferry trade.  It did become derelict in the 80s but has been rescued and restored by public demand.

Sad case

Looks like another stolen car has been 'torched'. There was Police tape around this one so clearly it is being sorted out.  The only thing left viable on it was the chromium exhaust extension. Such a shame.  Got back home just in time as the heavens opened up as I was putting the bike away. That was lucky.

Thoroughly enjoyed that today, 24 miles, and no after effects of the 11 day lay off.  Last ride of the year. Did not quite meet the two targets, 100 a week and one ride of 60 miles. Now there is an incentive for next year.

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