Since West London has been kissed by the midday sun and the strong winds of the past two days have calmed down, a certain member of the road.cc team decided to make a pleasant descent to the river and continue with the afternoon’s work there. .
The following is a healthy tale of why, in addition to being familiar with the highway code, you should also sometimes take a look at the tide tables, both on two wheels and on four.
The first two photos below were taken from the river in Richmond-around-Thames around 4.15pm, with another two and a quarter hours to reach high tide, which is at 6.30pm tonight.
Within 10 minutes, the Thames had arrived here in the vehicle.
At this point, dear readers, your correspondent’s gaze has turned to his bike and … BLOOD BLOOD!
The feet got wet in recovery, and were parked in a more sensitive and out of danger place (well, that was the idea, but keep reading).
By now, the car was turning into something of a local tourist attraction.
Shortly thereafter, the vehicle owner got up, shouted “That’s my car!” And he entered the Thames.
For a moment, she seemed to be about to open the door, but the shouts of “DON’T DO!” Onlookers discouraged him, and he made his way up the reckless Water Lane until … well, who knows? Call your insurers or a vehicle recovery service?
So, let’s go back to the bike. It was quickly becoming clear that without a quick change of location, your roadnocc journo and his bicycle – and the dog – would have gone nowhere in the next few hours.
Another 15 seconds, and that’s what would have happened. Her feet (but not her legs, she’s small enough to pick up) got wet again, and the bike was safely brought up the hill to the drier ground.
Meanwhile, once the engine had flooded, the brake and hazard lights on the car started flashing in a disturbing appeal for help.
At the time of publication, there are still five minutes remaining at the end of the high tide.