The journey was aided by Mr Bite planning our route around cycle paths and on road but cyclist friendly cycle routes. We had a few busy stretches but they were minimal (getting on and off bridges to cross the Thames were the most trying sections). We had our first experience of London's 'cycle superhighways' and also benefited from the closure of some central London roads to Sunday traffic.
|A traffic-free Mall, approaching Buckingham Palace|
We took books with us and enjoyed relaxing in a shady spot in Kensington Gardens after eating lunch. I will confess that part of my enthusiasm for the route stemmed from the Kensington Whole Foods being available to provide food. I enjoyed veggie rice paper roll bites with peanut sauce and a raw vegan mango-coconut blondie.
The rice paper rolls and blondie were both delicious. As pictured, I also enjoyed experimenting with a stevia-sweetened black cherry soft drink, but probably wouldn't have it again. The stevia aftertaste was noticeable and the cherry flavour was rather strong, especially in contrast to the more natural ingredients of the rest of my lunch. It was nice for a one off but I suspect that will be it.
Mr Bite wasn't forgotten and his lunch was provided by Pret-a-Manger. We both enjoyed being able to find a spot to ourselves in the gardens despite a large proportion of London being out enjoying the sunshine. London really is blessed with huge parks.
We did have to stop and check our route quite frequently (thank goodness for mobile phone mapping) but even with that, the journey felt relatively straightforward. As per my June post on cycling in London, if you choose your route with care, you can bypass most of London's traffic and enjoy quiet streets and bicycle networks around the city.
We returned home hot, sweaty and with sore posteriors, but I wouldn't have cut a single mile out of the journey. It was a blissful day.
How did you spend your Sunday?