Sunday 4th March Ride to Tangmere

After the week’s snow and bitter wind with temperatures below freezing all day the temperatures today were a welcome relief. It has been a while since I have left home for a Sunday Ride at 8.00am with temperatures of plus 5C or the daytime temperatures reaching the giddy heights of 8C. Rain forecast for midday didn’t in the end get any closer than Littlehampton.

Russell was the leader for the ride from Walberton Pond scheduled to go to Wisborough Green. However, only the 2 of us turned up. We decided to make it a half day ride and avoid any remaining ice on the other side of the Downs. We decided on Tangmere for a coffee stop.

We took a route via Fontwell and the Underpass and a short climb to Eartham. Then it was left past the Church and down to turn off on Thicket Lane across to the A285. Then down via Halnaker and Boxgrove and across on the cycle Bridge over the A27 to Tangmere. A brief look at a helicopter to take some time.

Then it was on to the Cafe to enter dead on opening time at 10.00am.

We headed home across the Airfield and split up to go our separate ways home at Woodhorn. Russell arrived home 10 minutes before the rain.

On my way back I took the lane via Colworth. It turns out that the last bit of the lane is totally blocked off for roadworks. However at the point near the Mercedes Garage where a diversion is possible there was no road closed sign and the first one was ½ a mile further on by the old canal bridge. I turned back one cyclist coming the same way and a car came that way and had to turn round. Coming from Bognor it is obvious as the lane is closed at the Main Road but not clear at all coming from the other direction. I have put in a complaint.

My mileage from and back to Pagham was 25

Last Sunday in my back garden I took a Star Trails picture. 2 and half hours of 2 minute exposures done with a timer device while I stayed indoors watching telly

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