We managed to achieve a 9 riders tonight with another 4 meeting us at our destination. This included 5 Super Heroes including Frog Man, The Dark Angle, Miss Incredible/Elasti Woman, Bike Repair Man, Wonder Woman and Later Clarke Kent, who was not able to join us on the ride due several other commitments in and around Birmingham.
Our 8 mile ride took us along a section of the Rea Valley / NCN5 , through the grounds of Birmingham University and University Hospital, on to Harbourne Walk Way. We then rode on to Edgbaston Reservoir, Perrott's Folly and Edgbaston Waterworks Tower, both of which are said to have inspired J R Tolkien to write The Two Towers. We briefly rode by Stirling Road where Tolkien once lived
Later in the ride we rode behind the frontage of Birmingham Prison to have a look at the old All Saints Hospital, formally All Saints Mental Asylum. What a fantastic building! Today it looks more like an expensive health spa.
Conversations included 2 of our riders entering the Brompton World Championships and a new bike on the horizon for 1 of our members The Vanmoof 5.7 . I think I am more excited about this than the owner. More randomly and totally out of context we had a conversation about the benefits of toad licking...... YES! you did read that correctly.................... "TOAD LICKING!"