Date: 9th November
Where I went: Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford
Beverage: ARU coffee
Today was my first day back on campus since early March. I drove to the Park and Ride car park outside Chelmsford and rode the rest of the way. Instead of taking the bust arterial, I was brave and went the back roads barely remembering the route. There are a couple of new housing estates and some more subdivisions. I was hopeful of finding some car free cycle paths through these avoiding the worst of the traffic. I found them and, while I knew a rough direction everything felt different. I ambled along shared paths, went this way and that, changing direction from fenced off areas detouring along quiet roads, jumping a couple of fences and made it to Uni in good time to meet lecturers and the rest of the class over a cup of very average coffee.
Finishing as the day faded, I headed back the same way to the van with blinkies on front and back. With the legal requirement for new housing developments to build car free paths, I was impressed by the scale of paths. But not being fully finished yet nor adequately signposted it was confusing relying on my poor memory. I was certainly spoilt for choice and inevitably ended up taking a couple of wrong turns before gliding down the hill to Chelmer Valley Park and Ride.