Completed Brampton, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, on Friday. That's the last bit of the Huntingdon conurbation of some 30,000 people including Godmanchester and Huntingdon itself that I've been working on on-and-off since the late summer last year. In fact there wasn't as much left to do as I thought so I then headed off along NCN12 towards Grafham Water. Unfortunately I hadn't updated the map on my Nokia so I mapped Grafham village only to find it had been done very thoroughly already. Not that it is a huge place, so not much time wasted =, and it was a nice day anyway. Then round to the south shore and the village of Perry, which had a few streets done, but was only about 20% complete. Now 100%.
By then I was half way to St Neots so I though I might as well continue with NCN12 southwards and get the bus back from St Neots instead of Huntingdon. Big mistake. The 200m or so south of Grafham Water is a joke - it is a grassy muddy narrow excuse for a cycle path that Sustrans should be deeply ashamed of. So bad was it that if the crud hadn't given me a puncture, I'd have had to have taken the wheel off anyway to clear out the hard packed mud that was stopping the wheel going round. And then there were crucial signs missing that meant at one point I ended up on the A1 and with a half hour diversion. And naturally, it had already been mapped, but I didn't have the map on my display to follow. Then the bus was half-an-hour late. Cycling the National Cycle Network ought to be a pleasurable experience. On Friday it was the opposite.