Multi-bubble Ride to the Bookstore Cafe, Erith - Sat Oct 17th

We are now having to adapt both to the "Rule of 6" and Tier 2 regulations. Insisting on everyone having Eventbrite tickets for our rides doesn't work for us. Not everyone with Eventbrite tickets turns up and it is often the proactive people without Eventbrite tickets who facilitate the running of a ride and make it a success. We have found that the solution is to organise "dual bubble" rides for 12 people. If numbers are down because the weather is bad, they can be run as a single group of 6 ride, but, if everyone turns up, we can run the ride in two separate bubbles of 6 with two different ride leaders.

This ride was a bit like the hare and the tortoise - it was the slower riders who got to the Bookstore Cafe first, as the faster riders had more difficulty finding out where it was! Because of Tier 2 restrictions, the two bubbles had to sit outside the cafe and we had to be kept separate by sitting at different tables in different parts of the terrace. Once one of the bubbles had left the cafe, the other bubble gathered their belongings and made their way back to Woolwich via Lesnes Abbey. One bubble crossed the Thames at Woolwich and went back to central London on the north bank of the Thames the other bubble followed the Thames Path to Cutty Sark.