Four of us set out, negotiating a flooded lane near to White Waltham to get the day off to a good start. It's always nice riding past the castle at Windsor, up the hill and past all the tourists, and we even ride-bombed a local club's ride for a few hundred metres.
Morning coffee was taken Thames-side at Runnymede, but no sign of King John, or his paperwork. From there on in, it gets ever more urban, but with a certain Ride London on the go, we were treated to closed roads alongside Bushey Park. Crossing the Ride London at Hampton Court proved straightforward, and the path to Kingston was nice and quiet.
Mayhem ensued at Kingston, where crossing the road took on a whole new dimension of diversion and patience. While we waited, Carol and Zoe sped past... I'm still waiting for Strava to be able to cope with all the Flybys that happened while we waited and then took lunch on the High Street with the ride constantly streaming past.
New ground covered as we heaed back west through Surbiton (lots of discussion about The Good Life and Reginald Perrin) before another delightful but dirty Thames-side path most of the way to Chertsey, where it hammered it down for a while. Afternoon coffee (thanks Phil!) followed at Virginia Water, then we hit Millionaires Road and the bottom of Windsor Great Park. Our friendly flood was still there as we finished.
A fantastic urban cycle for the confident rider, and a very chilled day out!