It was entirely coincidental that I decided to come this way last Friday. I was getting a bit bored with the usual 20km trek to work so planned an alternative route the night before. This took me about 5km out of the way in mostly country lanes & I was not disappointed. An early departure meant a fresh, cool start to what was was to be a hot day in the middle of a cloudless spell of weather.
About 10km into the journey I happened upon a sight that I have probably driven past many times-I’ve certainly seen the signs-the Sawbridgeworth RAF Debt of gratitude for II(AC) squadron RAF. I grew up in 1970’s NZ, had a Grandfather who served in the RAF,made Airfix models (badly) & now have a keen interest in most things WW2, in particular aeroplanes.
For those with a similar interest, a short squadron history can be found here. When I read it, a nearby farm called Lysander confirmed my previously held romantic suspiscions that yes, the Westland Lysander undertook missions from this airfield but probably not the clandestine type of spy dropping legend. After my hurried photographs, I turned to continue my journey only to stop & soak in the view of where I was going.
The image of my blog banner is that view. Now I’m not particularly fast but sometimes I get too wrapped up in speed & fail to really see what’s around me. This view made me realise that the achievement for me is not just the money saved on fuel or the fitness & weight loss but a sense of freedom. Freedom from kids nagging, freedom from work deadlines, freedom from car traffic, freedom to take my time.
Freedom to chase that fox 50m down the country lane 2 minutes later…he was too slick and was playing with me I am certain. I am now hooked and planning other not-too-far-out-of-the-way routes to get me to work rather than the old route that I grudgingly share with the petrol & diesel monsters.