Friday, 8 January 2010
Brompton by Bus
The downside of my trip is that I had to stay on the main roads as all the cycle routes I would normally take are still icy and while there were few cars out there were lorries (trucks) out whizzing past. The other low point was getting very cold in my hands and toes. I wasn’t cycling fast enough to generate the heat I needed. I was cold when I got to my destination and then had to sit an unheated room for an hour and a half before travelling back.
I was getting colder and then I decided to go back by train but couldn’t because of the snow there was a reduced timetable and I had just missed a train. I couldn’t bear getting any colder waiting so I cycled into Lewisham and went window shopping. I just folded the Brompton and wheeled it through H&M. I saw a great dress and I almost brought a pair of leg warmers but the queue was too long.
Here is the bus part of the story.
As I was psyching myself up for the trip up the hill in the cold I saw a bus that would take me home. People were almost on but the wonderful Brompton which unfolds in 15 seconds was collapsed and I just jumped on. The bus trip took 20 minutes and then I had another 10 minutes cycling after this, but I was warm enough.
I wouldn’t usually consider taking the bike on a bus because the point of having a bike is to use it. Yesterday it was necessary.
I am going to double up on the socks and look for some thermal gloves.
PS: M&S black leather boots holding up very well in this weather. A quick wipe with the leather cleaner and they are good to go again.