Last night I returned from an excellent couple of days in the Smoke. Not that there's much actual smoke in London these days - what there is seems to come mainly from the chimneys of narrowboats!
I alighted from the train with my new folding bike at Stratford and found a machine where I could top up my Oyster card. It's a good job I did as there was only £1.80 left on it. Then I took a Jubilee Line train to North Greenwich, where David met me on his bike. We cycled to his house the scenic route along the Thames Path. The green laser beam shone out from the Royal Observatory at Greenwich along the meridian.
We criss-crossed the meridian several times that evening - here we are within a few feet of it.
But when you climb up to the observatory itself you see that the laser actually points approximately horizontally to the other side of town. It shoots out of the side of the building ...
I'm standing under it again here: the beam is coming over my head from top to bottom in this photo, taken from the vantage point of Greenwich Park.
In a later post I'll talk about my adventures with Indigo Dream. Those Woolwich Ferries are big!
Cooler on to Polesworth - We were expecting some rain last night and all the fly screens had to be taken out and the glass fitted in. It was so hot we couldn't sleep very well so at...
10 minutes ago