Saturday, 6 November 2010

Free Water for the People!

As a cyclist who is tight with his money (!) I am always looking for places to fill up me water bottle.  The usual one is at garages, where you can usually fill up where the car people pump up their tyres.  Whilst free, the water only tastes OK.  Cemetaries are usually a good bet as well as they have a standpipe for the graveside flowers.  Allotments also usually have a tap somewhere in them but you normally need a key to get in.  Museums, art galleries, shopping centres and other public buildings always have a toilet with a tap, but they get fussy when they see a sweating man leaning a bike on their precious wall/branch of Gap/priceless work of art and chase you away sharpish.

I was chatting to a bike mechanic the other day about the quest for "a tap in town".  Most of my rides go through there and it is always good to have a source of water there to add to the mental network of taps around the Liverpool area.  He told me about The Liverpool Spa (as it is known) and gave me directions - at the back of the Anglican Cathedral (we have two cathedrals in Liverpool - one for Catholics and one for, well, Anglicans) - in the gardens, left just before the mausoleum thing - use a leaf to get it to flow rather than spew...

Sure enough... The water tastes good too - filtered through sandstone and other such rocks.  Much better than garage water...  Almost worth the trip to taste it - not just for the humble cyclist...
And a shot of the cathedral it is behind - the Anglican.  Massive - and you can climb the steps to the top of that big tower too...

1 comment:

  1. A search for free water. You're a man efter my ain heart.

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