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29/07/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 29 July 2012 · 73 views

By way of the D6 (bus), the DLR (docklands light railway) and a 20 minute walk up Royal Hill and Hyde Vale we did get to our usual site. It is currently protected by some military hardware as well as police with automatic devices. A bit surreal really given how quiet the roads were in East London on the way over and how little traffic was passing on the A2 up on Blackheath.

Vented kite with race rods was the choice on arrival at c11:00am. It soon became apparent that there were some heavy showers drifting in from the south west. The first one drifted to the north. The next one looked like it would pass to the south but we did get caught as we ran through a routine. When lightning was seen in the rapidly approaching third shower we quickly wrapped up and retreated to a local hostelry. Heavy rain and further lightning confirmed that this was a good move.

An expanded bright spell gave us the opportunity to fly the kites again for long enough to dry them and the lines. A timely wrap saw us on Blackheath railway station before the rain from the next, even bigger shower, hit. The DLR and a different bus route took a bit longer getting home to a sunny Hackney.

Felix

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