One of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has been that the numbers of people in the UK who cycle have soared.
Luckily on the day most shops in England were closed in March 2020 because of the effects of the pandemic in England cycle shops were exempt. Having booked in my very old (30 years plus) Raleigh bike for a service I looked around the shop whilst awaiting the bike engineer. In the event we struck a deal under which my old cycle was traded in for new Giant bike. Giants are Taiwanese made and are or at least were at that time, not too pricey. Since then many bicycle shops and on-line, have sold out of decent bikes so I was fortunate.
Cycling either to, then around, Richmond Park, returning over Wimbledon Common or along the River Thames to Hampton Court Bridge and back, is good exercise for a couple of hours. On balance the Richmond Park route is harder though possibly that feels so because of the accident cycling there a couple of years back - see
Recalling that Bernie and Paul from HCPT had treated me to lunch a few days back, I sent a copy of my book to Paul and decided to drop in on Bernie with a copy The Wandering Soul for her as she lives very close to the Hampton Court cycling route.
Bernie provided some much needed refreshment in her beautiful garden and also provided a beautiful home made cake for mrs maytrees.
We then spent a little while strapping the delicious gateau to the bike,after which the hard pedalling home resumed.