Spooky Thames bike ride

Warning: non-Bongo post!

When you think about cycling along the Thames most people think of the South Bank or pootling along Hampton Court. However the easterly Thames cycle path from Greenwich to Erith has much to offer albeit in a slightly gritty industrial manner.

While Scott took SC swimming this morning I dusted off my bike and headed out in the fog. I have cycled this path in all seasons and it was particularly lovely and appropriately spooky today.

Favourite moments on this ride include Anthony Gormley’s quantum cloud rising up from the mist (at 30m it’s taller than the Angel of the North you know) and the Thames flood barrier disappearing from view.

It was proper water-droplets-on-your-eyelashes foggy but it was lovely to be out and working up a slight sweat (it’s pretty flat, obviously). Just before I turned and headed for home I got chatting to a bloke who claimed that the last time it was so foggy he saw the Woolwich ferry get lost and veer drunkenly about for a bit. He had his brand new out the box 5 day-old baby in a pram so I was pretty impressed that he was dressed and speaking coherently in sentences.

I only got as far as Thamesmead as I had an appointment with a pumpkin and a five year old to get back for but further along I do know there is a splendid sludge burner and you can see seals off the pier in Erith.

Happy Halloween 🎃


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