Day 83

Another day, another ground

BNI Amber welcomed me to Newport Pagnell and they kindly organised a nice cloudburst for the next stage of the journey! Yes, the heavens determined to shed a tear or two as I made my way back to Northampton to take another look at their stadium. It’s funny that although I had been to Sixfields before it had never been on a bike and from a bike you can get a completely different impression of most things. I had never thought it was (a) in a valley and (b) that you could see most of the pitch from a hill near McDonalds. Anyway, hill or valley, summit or dale Northampton makes ground 59 and I worked out that by the day after tomorrow I am two-thirds of the way finished. In reality I am further along as there are 10 grounds in and around London I can do in two days so I’m making progress.

Delighted to get a call from Milton Rodrigues who is organising the Ecademy Cricket Game on 5th September in Southend. He has this strange idea that after a 7 day dash from Plymouth that I’ll be fit to play in a one-dayer. Well, I look forward to attending and maybe having a nice snooze in the shade! Look forward to seeing many of you there!

It was also another “highlight” day in that I met Roger Vanstone for the first time. Roger and I had had many interesting Skype/email conversations but this was the first day I diaries actually worked. It was good to chew the cud with Roger as we put the world to rights – football, employment, IT, cricket etc etc Good to have met and I look forward to clean bowling him in revenge for him hitting me for six sixes in one over!

An early night as I contemplated three long days ahead in the saddle. The good news is that Bristol Rovers have not only invited me to their ground but that they have also invited me to the Rovers v Yeovil game. I quickly shuffled my journey and decided to push my little legs a little harder for the next three days! All being well, I’ll get to see my first league game of the journey. Super!

Sixfields, Northampton....albeit from an unusual angle


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