Friday 27 July: Alarm clock 3.40 am. At the yard 4.30 am. Haynet in to soak. Tack loaded plus water, shovel, buckets etc. Strider groomed. Jacquie arrived 5.00. Travel boots and tail guard on and Strider loaded. Out of the yard by 5.15 am. Easy run past Oxford and onto M40. Then 25 minutes as 3 lanes go down to one past site of overnight roadworks. A camera in the back shows a completely calm Strider. Light traffic into London. "Games Lanes" appear but with such light traffic no problem. Turn down to Shepherd's Bush in the least traffic I think I have ever seen there. Up Kensington High Street and a loop around to Hornton Street and the Town Hall of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; arrival 8.15 am. Family Holiday Association's John MacDonald, Joe Hipgrave and Emma are there. Strider wants a wander around in the big forecourt area. RBKC staff produce mugs of tea - thankyou!
Quite soon the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are with us in chains and robes, white gloves and lace ruffles and we pose for lots of photos. Strider is well behaved, with just the odd carrot from a gloved hand to keep him looking the right way. It is a preliminary event for a Reception the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Victoria Borwick, is holding in September in support of the Ride Round England as she is a FHA supporter. The photos all taken we reload Strider and go off for some breakfast. Then its set off home in the lorry and another smooth journey. I will post more photos when I have them. Meanwhile here is one excellent shot!
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