Not a drop of alcohol in sight
And so our annual trip to the seaside began at a not too early 8.30 but some may of suspected a hard day ahead as I set off like "s**t off a shovel",so much so I dropped poor Stephanie who despite riding to the coast on the previous Wednesday seemed up for another go.
At Givons Grove,Daniel came up along side,a late starter so I couldn't have been that fast........erm.....just saying.
My rendezvous with Pete B at Pixham Lane (south) was a full 12 minutes early so we waited and sure enough he appeared shortly before Graham (coincidence).
With fast legs I set off via Fourwents pond and Capel to Friday Street,Rusper and the newly resurfaced lane (Old Holbrook) that drops down across the A264 into north Horsham and eventually Wetherspoons for breakfast.
Here we were joined by Jenny,Jeff & ........crikey is that Stephanie?
Ridden virtually solo from ECT.
Jenny joined us south but Steph & Jeff turned north.So our route........Sedgewick,Copsale,Maplehurst,Littleworth & Partridge Green.At this point we picked up the B road going through Ashurst to Steyning & Bramber where Steve punctured and was subsequently dropped to be later reunited (by chance) in Shoreham.
As indicated in a previous post,I intended using the Downs Link into the town.This was just about passable but with a couple of miles riding on a stony/bumpy surface.
Lunch was at a convenient café located just a few yards from the beach.
After an hour and bladders emptied we set off home.The highlight was the delightful lane going from Ashurst to Dial Post.
Tea at Southwater as is custom for this kind of trip and a muddy Peddlars Way into Horsham.
A brisk ride from there homeward with computers indicating 15's & 16's.
A cloudy but mild morning with the constant threat of rain but considerably brighter and warmer for the afternoon......low 20's.
Some achieved the magic 100 miles,but for me..........I'm happy to settle for 92 :-)