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Last weekend, [ profile] hsenag and [ profile] aendr warmed their house in St Neot's. This is twenty miles from Cambridge, there are pleasant routes both north and south of the A428, they have a shower, so I cycled there and back.

Food was barbecued; if you run out of charcoal, don't buy one-use barbecues and pour the charcoal out of them, because it's soaked in something singularly smoky for ease of ignition
Babies were admired and cuddled (thanks to the forebearance of the other people at the party, there is no picture of me cuddling baby Daniel, though there were a few awws)

A Lego model powered by the descent of a large weight was built
Geomag was assembled, and we all went to sleep at about 2:15.

The next morning there came a gargantuan breakfast, and at about 2:30, being a pleasantly after-breakfast sort of an hour, I started cycling back.

The road at Papworth has been rerouted since Google Maps mapped it, so I got rather lost and ended up cycling through the undulating village twice before heading off to Elmsworth across a field. As I reached the brow of a hill, a strange sight caught my eye; it was the first Sunday in the month, and the East Anglia Rocketry Society was having its monthly launch day.

Up they go ... And down they come ... Some faster than others

These are quite high-powered rockets and about six feet long. Leaving the pad with a splendid whoosh of engine and crackle of tormented air, they get up to about 2500 feet in a few seconds, before deploying a parachute and drifting half a mile down-wind. Fortunately the launch is from the middle of a 1600-acre arable farm, and at this time of year pink parachutes are quite visible against the stubble.
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Today I cycled to Peterborough.

The route is here; through the villages - there's at least one lovely thatched cottage in Rampton and Ramsey seemed smart - then out into the Fens where the roads suddenly become perfectly straight and run along the sides of perfectly straight drainage ditches. Not sure which drains they were, though the one in Ramsey Forty Foot is fairly obvious; I planned this route in my usual way by running through it a few times on Google Maps and writing down notes about which roads to turn onto, and Google Maps doesn't name the drains.

42 miles, which took between 10 and 3:15, but included a leisurely hour at the Dog in a Doublet at mile 35 eating a large steak; having nothing to do in Peterborough, I rushed the last seven miles to get to the station just in time for the 1518 back to Cambridge, so this was purely a cycle ride and not a visit to Peterborough in the slightest. Averaged ten miles an hour, which is good for me.

I'm pondering something in the Ipswich or Colchester direction for my next ride; those are sixty miles, but I think I could manage that. In theory Hills Road extends to Colchester, but I'm sure there's a more interesting route to be found than 47 miles straight down Hills Road. [ profile] naath warns me that in Essex, as well as villages with names like Helions Bumpstead, there are hills.
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It was a lovely Sunday, so I got back on my bike. I couldn't figure out a friendly route to Huntingdon, and all routes to Huntingdon have the problem that you're in Huntingdon at the end, so I did a triangle across to Bourn, up via Conington to Over, then back via Cottenham instead. 50km in four reasonably leisurely hours: has the route.

Words of the trip are 'foraging' and 'exotic fauna'; goats on a farm outside Conington, emus (and nice tea and chocolate cake) on Highgate Farm just outside Willingham, blackberries in the hedgerows, and an apple-tree with beautifully sweet ripe red apples on the little lane between Conington and the A14. I'm sure there were also plums in the hedgerows, but am not quite confident enough to pick a random white-hazed dark-blue fruit and eat it, in case it's deadly nightshade.

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