Today I must go and bring the bike back from Alderley, so off I went with a new chain. Making a dash for the train, I took this modern torture to Manchester. Coming to the barrier I had lost my ticket, and only a careful search revealed it. Next, I couldn’t find London Road station. Some time later I reached it and lost the booking office. The correct platform to Alderley vanished now, and when I found it I had lost my ticket again. At last I was safely inside the carriage, and half an hour later the train pottered away. Long before my destination was reached the compartment was packed, and I was in a suffocated condition.
At last I arrived, and after another hunt for the ticket I stood in the roadway – free. Never again! The chain was too long and after an hours struggle I got it fixed up. Here my Manchester friend came on the scene and we enjoyed a good tea together. A walk brought us to the Copper Mines, which we explored. Starting back at 7.30 we made a detour to Alderley (it is the May carnival) and taking the main road in a storm we pushed on to Cheadle. At Didsbury Tom Idle left me, and I returned home via Stretford etc at 10.15.
Distance 28 miles, time cycling 2.75 hours.
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