Today was the Christmas ride with the lovely Friday peeps. Normally I would cycle with most of the participants today on a Friday night to a coast destination. This morning it was not Friday, not was out destination to the coast. This was just an opportunity to get out and cycle a few miles around London.
My start point was NW8 and I cycled the couple of miles to Hyde Park Corner in the rain. It did become quite heavy at one point, so I stopped outside St Marylebone Parish Church to put some waterproof over-trousers on just on case. It occurred to me that the poet Lord Byron had been christened there. Not being a fan - I think due to O or A-level English Literature many years ago - it took all my self control not to moon in the general direction of the font!
I arrived at the meeting point at Hyde Park Corner in good time and already there were many riders waiting for the off.