Last weekend the monthly Origami ride was at Windsor. I planned ahead and took some time off work to go to it. I decided to use the opportunity to test my touring build 1975 Kingpin on its 1st 2 day ride and cycle home afterwards to Bristol.
I took the train from Bristol Temple Meads at 7:30am with changes at Reading and Slough to get to Windsor in plenty of time for the ride.
Loaded up Kingpin outside Temple Meads Station
The Weather was perfect and as a result the turnout was huge. large numbers of Brommies and a selection of other folders including 2 Stridas. After gathering and having coffee we headed through Windsor to the Great Park.
The route then took us past Ascot racecourse to a Pub for lunch then back towards the river Thames and then back towards Windsor via Eton. I however left the ride soon after we reached the river as I needed to make it to Reading for my overnight stay.
I headed along the river Thames to Maidenhead then along a combination of Sustrans routes and the A4 getting to Reading just as it was getting dark.
In the morning it was light rain
The weather forecast had said no rain til lunchtime in Reading and by then I had planned to be well outside the area affected by rain. My route was pretty much made up as I went along so I started on NCN4 towards the center of reading then switched to using the roads more through Reading and on to Theale where I rejoined the NCN4 on the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath. The weather by now had cleared up and it was sunny for the rest of the day
I stayed on the towpath to Newbury but was slowed significantly bu a Kayak Race which meant dismounting at every lock to get past the competitors running past carrying their boats.
To make up some time I decided to try a stretch of A4 from Newbury but found the headwind a bit of a pain with the road being so exposed. I did however as a result come accross this morale lifting sign