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Keith’s Cycling Diary: Day 2: Getting Lost On National Route Six

24 June 2015

Notts rider Keith Stewart writes for the club’s Official Site on his epic trip from Nottingham to Amsterdam raising money for Prostate Cancer in the Football League event…

Today I cycled from Northampton where I stayed overnight, to Stratford (London) via Milton Keynes and Stevenage. 


I got lost travelling through Northampton as my Garmin was telling me to travel on their ring road, which was far too busy. Although the cycle lanes through Northampton are in a fairly good state (much better than Nottingham’s cycle routes!!!).


I found myself in a bit of a mess trying to work out where I had to go. As expected the countryside between Northampton and Milton Keynes was exceptionally good with the route taking me through very quiet country lanes.


Milton Keynes I found had probably the best cycle routes I have ever seen with little junctions to have to stop and cross over, and for a change found it a pleasure to cycle through a city. The country lanes from Milton Keynes to Stevenage, again were exceptionally good, with some spectacular views to take in. 


I arrived at Stevenage around an hour before expected and so I enjoyed a bit of a rest whilst I waited for the Stevenage fans to arrive, as they agreed to cycle the last 37(ish) miles to London alongside me. 


I was glad to see the likes of Steve and ex Stevenage player Neil Trebble again, along with a couple of new faces. Shortly before we left for London we filled up our water bottles from the Stevenage back room offices and had our pictures taken from a local photographer.


The trip from Stevenage to London took us a short distance through cycle lanes and country lanes until we arrived at the canal/river, where all we had to do was follow “National Route 6″ cycle lane down to Stratford (supposedly). 


The cycle lane was diabolical with parts I would have struggled with a mountain bike! There were several parts that split into several routes but with the signposts missing so we had to guess – Neil often told us that he used to live round this way so he knew which way to go … yes! 


We also ended up lost on every occasion. We finally arrived at Leyton around 7pm where Steve, Neil and co stopped for their hotel, and I carried on myself for the remaining 3 miles to Stratford where I checked into my hotel, had a shower, then headed off to the Football Cafe to meet up with some of the other riders. 


Shortly after meeting up at the Football Cafe, I learnt that there was a big group of Ipswich fans (around 70) that were meeting at the Jamie Oliver restaurant for something to eat – so I decided to tag along and have a chat with some of these guys.


Read more of Keith’s diary on the Official Site throughout the summer.


You can also still sponsor Keith by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/NottinghamPCUK or by donating via text.


To donate £5 TEXT - NOTT98 £5 to 70070

To donate £10 TEXT - NOTT98 £10 to 70070


To read more and view more images/video’s of the London to Amsterdam event organised by Prostate Cancer UK and The Football League, simply do a social network search (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) for the hashtag #l2a



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