Sunny and dry, a 1000 or more attended.
Started on schedule. A conventional loop around the roundabout. North, through the tunnel, up kingsway. Keeping together, outraging the walkers wishing to cross on green, heading north, Russell Square, etc, turning left onto Euston road. Proceeding to Marylebone Road, second tunnel – keeping on Marylebone to turn off towards Edgware Road, but cutting over to Sussex Gardens, then pissing through the back streets to emerge on Bayswater Road to proceed to Kensington Palace Gardens.
Because the roads were wide this wasn’t a problem – but cars were cutting through, getting corked across the path of mass as an emergency leading to small gaps which the mass had to go through – splitting the ride outwards. Which made corking more difficult.
Once through the private road, the free riders were left behind in Kensington Palace Gardens. But they pushed forwards back to the front, and managed to divert the mass backwards. We’d gone down Kensington High Street, turning south on Queen’s Gate, Onslow Gardens to head back east on Fulham Road.
Then our friends pulled us down the narrow alley of Pelham Street, the clogged alleyway of Old Brompton Road and back north on Queensgate.
And did they cork on Cromwell Road? no. They pushed through blindly, leaving the whole straggling mess of the mass in danger and burdening others to pointless arguments.
Which was the point I lost patience at. There was a lot of drivel chat at the front on the “meaning of the mass”, but contributing to safety was less important than the ego boost of being “the leader”. Which is hypocritical, selfish and a total bore.
I think the mass gave up from this bore fest in Hyde Park, well, what remained of it after this missengineered mess of a mass.