Today was farewell meal’n’drinks for someone in our company and we planned to go to The Crown in Playhatch after work. As we would be drinking, I decided to cycle to work – only a few miles – instead of taking the car.
As we left the office after work, I was offered a lift – I could leave my bike at the office and they would bring me back after the meal. I turned down the kind offer…
Soon I was cycling the 1.6 miles to the pub with the incredibly simple route in my head – basically go in a straight line for a while and then turn left. No problem.
Except at the roundabout where I had to turn left, I took the second left as that looked the correct route. After a mile I had cycled up a steep hill and was surrounded by empty fields. Luckily I chanced upon a cyclist who gave me directions to The Crown.
Which I completely mismatched with my mental map and was soon cycling back down Henley Road, a lot faster this time, towards Sonning where I was convinced another roundabout existed that I needed to turn off at. I drive that route every day. There is no other roundabout that turns off to the left.
So back again although this time I cycle the wrong way down one-way Spring Lane where this time a friendly pedestrian directs me. Back onto Henley Road again and this time I take the correct turning.
Apologies to my boss who had given up waiting and went out looking to see if my body was lying on the road somewhere.
- Shortest distance between work and pub – 1.6 miles
- Actual distance travelled – 5.6 miles