A few weeks ago on a ride (I cannot remember which) I recall Jenny (The Mile Monster) telling me about a little celebration for the London Brompton Club that had reached its 9th birthday. With a date set for Friday, 6th August I made sure that it was firmly in my diary.
I set off from Maida Vale towards the meeting point at Buckingham Palace with the clouds looking rather ominous to say the least! I stopped to put on my rain jacket and proceeded all of 100 metres when a roll of thunder and a crash of lightning erupted that could have come straight out of a 'Hammer Horror' film with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. I took sanctuary in the entrance to some posh flats along with a few pedestrians who joined me. The rain poured down and when it eased off I was about to head off again when, almost on cue, it came down again even heavier than before. After a few more minutes I headed off into lighter rain.
|One of the first Brompton bikes. Looks Orange to me!