After a short visit with my brother-in-law Michael, I set off for Paddington, and guess what? I got hit by a car at the end of Michael’s road. Some ned who was just not looking where he was going. I had stopped at the junction and luckily had both feet on the ground and was able to push backwards as I could see what was happening. My bike was well lit as was my helmet, he was just on the wrong side of the road as he had turned in far too early. No damage was caused, but really!
The nice Garmin navigation machine took me across London past a few notable highlights. These included the old with the new (Tower of London with the Shard), a completely boarded up Big Ben – a metaphor for our current political system if there ever was one – in dire need of rejuvenation and repair. I cannot help feeling that our ancestor, Oliver Cromwell, might well have had a few words to say…. Then past Buck House – good to see that Madge was in residence. Eventually I ended up at Paddington station where I had to wait a bit before being allowed to take my berth on the sleeper. Total distance on this ride: 13.4 km, running total: 23.3 km. One accident.