The morning dawned and it was a bright and sunny morning, and ideal for tandeming over to Ivinghoe for a cream tea.  It also meant a chance to try out the new GPS data logger.

I thought it would be nice to ride the Longstaff tandem, as it’s a bit more sprightly than the Dawes touring tandem.  We set off via the Brickhills and out to Stewkley.  I think this tandem is quicker because the gear ratios are a bit closer – the downside of course is that we don’t have quite such a range of gears, so climbing can be a bit of a trial.  The ride out was pretty uneventful, and we saw quite a few cyclists out enjoying the spring sunshine.  There was another tandem at the cafe when we got there, with a Dawes Galaxy Twin.  From the rear window of the cafe, we could see a pin windmill in the distance. Apparently it is Britains oldest mill (it looks to be in a bit better nick than a similar one at Brill), though it hasn’t worked since a storm in 1904!

After a completely fabulous cream tea, with real clotted cream, we set out to return via the Leighton Buzzard bypass and Hockliffe.  Unfortunately, while we were rolling along pretty well, a dull twang alerted us to a broken rear spoke, so it was with quite some added caution we pressed on with a wobbly wheel.

The attempt at rendering a trace from the GPS data logger was partially successful.  It was set not to report intervals at <1 mph. It seems to have rendered our route, but data points seems a little erratic to me.