Locks, Docks & Sundry Ale Houses - AKA Francis's birthday ride...
Brought to you by the South East London Commissariat for Social Cycle Rides Planning (aka the Dog & Bell Crew), a St Swithun's Day tour of London's locks and docks, with a couple of ale houses thrown in for good measure.
Incidentally, Sunday 15 July 2012 happens to be my 48th birthday. If you know me personally, consider this a formal summons to join me in my lamentations.
The route will in large part follow that of Barry Mason's world famous Locks, Docks and One Smoking Ferry ride, with a lunch stop at Trinity Buoy Wharf, and a short extension into the City of London, where we will cross the Rubicon for the second time via the Wobbly Bridge. Following a drink on terra firma in the Founders Arms on Bankside, we will head east toward Tower Bridge, and join the Thames Path southside at Butler's Wharf.
I'm assuming, of course, that LOCOG and Inspector Knacker have not (yet) closed down the Thames Path on grounds of national security. Correct me if I'm wrong.
The ride will end with a second lubrication stop at the renowned Dog's Bollox hostelry in Deptford.
RSVP, but it's OK to turn up unannounced on the day.
Dr Francis Sedgemore
journalist and science writer