Saturday, 5 March 2011
All of us were on hybrids with rear racks and some form of panniers or rack bags apart from Aileen who was riding a Specialized Dolce road bike which looked lovely.
We met at Tower Bridge and followed the Thames Path along the east of the river, through Wapping and to the Isle of Dogs.
The famous traffic light tree on the Isle of Dogs and cormorants with the Shard in the background. It was so nice to cycle along the river and see all the different buildings along the Thames, from Georgian warehouses and buildings in Wapping to the ultra modern residential and business district on the Dogs. It's an area of London that's rich in history and interest but not somewhere I go to without a specific reason. I think the last time I was at Canary Wharf was three years ago for an interview.
When we got to the foot tunnel to go under the Thames to Greenwich, the lift was closed and nobody fancied carrying their bikes down 89 steps and then up another 89 steps at the other side, so we went up the middle of the Isle and stopped at Cafe Rouge in Canary Wharf for lunch.