Arriving on time after a hard day at work we gathered together those that were waiting and readied for the off. As usual Stephen lead from the front, with Vroni at the back keeping an eye on those bringing up the rear.
We started as we had done many times, heading down Kimpton Road, then turning right onto Elmington Road and winding our way from there through Cottage Green and Wells Way to Burgess Park. The park was still quite busy with people wanting to enjoy the sunshine as long as possible. Most of them were oblivious to our group of 21 riding next to each other and chatting gleefully. We finally popped out on Trafalgar Ave which we crossed to meet the Surrey Canal Path and then Glengall Road. From there we crossed over Old Kent Road turning left onto Mawbey Place, then right onto Cooper´s Road, left on Rolls Road, and right onto Oxley Close. Then we turned left onto Chaucer Drive and right onto Lynton Road. Untethered and brakeless we sped along the roads, some skidding quickly around the streets and corners.
From Lynton Road we took a sharp left through a housing estate the occupants lounging in the middle, quickly grabbing their devices to capture our procession as we shot past. Emerging onto Fort Road we cut through Thorburn Square with its hidden church and landed on Lonsley Street to meet Southwark Park Road. By this point even those that knew the South were lost and we'd only just got started.
With different types of music pumping out of mobile speakers we turned right down Yalding Road which became Lucey Road before turning right onto Rouel Road. At the end of Rouel Rd we stopped quickly to regroup then made our way through a tunnel beneath the railway, on the other side we continued down Marine Street turning left onto the completely quiet Jamaica Road. Staying on the right we turned onto Shad Thames Road riding between the wharf building and luxury flats on either side. Still on Shad Thames we arrived at The Design Museum and rode up the little ramp next to it to see the gorgeous evening skyline stretching up the river. We stopped quickly for pictures spotting an expensive mega yacht moored next to Tower Bridge then continued our journey cutting up Lafone Street to arrive on Queen Elizabeth Street.
At the traffic lights we made everyone aware that once on the other side of Tower Bridge we would be taking a sharp right onto St Katharine's Way. The lights then changed to green and we were off, over Tower Bridge and right down Saint Katharine’s Way all the way down and over cobblestones until we hung a right to follow Wapping High Street and the little pathway down along the ornimental canals that lead up to Tobacco Dock. Next we cut through Wapping Woods to arrive on Shadwell Basin and then the Thames Path which would take us all the way through to Narrow Street and our next left turn to skirt around Limehouse Ship Lock. Once past the lock we found ourselves in Limehouse Basin riding the canal path that would take us up Limehouse Cut and onto Dod Street.
Now on the Burdett Road we were soon due for a pit stop. Stopping just before Mile End Park we grabbed a few refreshments then turned left opposite Hamlets Way to enter the park and haul oursleves up to the top of the Green Bridge. Proudly at the summit we stopped for a quick break, enjoying snacks and drinks, chatting and taking pictures.
Recovered and ready we jumped back on our bikes and followed the relatively new looking paths through Wennington Gardens, then along the Canal before joining Grove Road. This brought us straight over a roundabout and straight through the heart of Victoria Park. Then another roundabout and we were on Lauriston Road and Terrace Road. A sharp left turning into Well Street and right again on Elsdale Street. Nearly there, and with the ride picking up pace we turned right down Chatham Place, following the narrow Meeting Field Path on our right which cut through and back onto Homerton Terrace. One last traffic light to cross over on Morning Lane and we were onto Link Street. Then a left turn and the Chesham Arms appeared on Mehetabel Road.
Outside the pub, staff and four riders from East London Fixed were sat outside expecting us. With help for the wonderful pub staff and manager we took all our bikes through the pub and into the back garden where a bunch of tables were reserved especially for us.
With great beer flowing and good conversations we relaxed in the spacious garden then headed home. I'd like to say a big thank you to Joe the manager at the Chesham Arms who made us feel like track stars. Cheers dude!