As is becoming a bit of a tradition after the chaos of the Tweed Run, Tally Ho! Tours take us under their wing and guide us through the streets of London.
Knowing what hardened riders the GA are Jack had something a little different in mind this year, making use of the canals around London and taking us out on a little magical mystery tour and the promise of some of the best pizza ever had.
Setting of from Tally Ho! HQ, that also conveniently doubles as a pub we partially re-traced our steps along the previous days Tweed Run before popping over the river to begin our adventure proper, as always with Mr Harris we followed an interesting route but it’s his little stops and additional information that really do add something extra to the ride, the fact that he happens to know some of the best and most historic pubs in the fair city is merely a happy bonus for we thirsty cyclists.
After a short trip along the Grand Union Canal we were riding through Stratford and the old Olympic village, it was here Mr Harris stopped next to an old fashioned Helter Skelter and mentioned that he had ridden once before along this way with a group but alas no one took him up on his offer for a whizz down the slide. Now the ladies of the Basket Brigade and the Gentlemen of the GA are made of stern stuff and the sentence had barely left his lips before a group discount had been arranged and a queue formed. I think it is fair to say the screams of delight were heard over the entire park that only got louder when the Basket Brigade set off.
Before we left the park Mr Harris had a final treat install, and that was for the capture of an image every man, Jack and his boy knew should have happened in 2012, if it was not for red tape, selection processes and years of hard work.
Around now we were getting a little peckish, and with the promise of “one of the best pizzas ever” we set off to the Crate Craft Beer Brewery and to be honest, the pizza was pretty good and sitting in the sun with a pint and friends is never going to be hard work.
All too soon, we had to start making a move, homes to go to and maybe one more stop on our return leg along the Regents Canal, alas the good weather had brought out all and sundry that resulted in the loop back taking a little longer than expected. Back at Tally Ho! HQ Mr Harris offered his guests around of drinks, for the record, to a man we went for iced water despite protestations from Mr Harris we really should have a beer. Let that be noted.
As ever Mr Harris was an impeccable host and guide a massive heart felt thank you to him for guiding us and taking us all in good humour. If you ever find yourself in that London town and have not been on a tour with Tally Ho! Cycle Tours avail yourself of his services and take one of his rides.