Russell was due to lead this ride and arrived late with a mechanical problem with his Cassette which was only intermittently engaging (not good) so he had to head home. There were 4 of us remaining being myself, Sam, Bob and Mike. It was a dull and cold winters day, sorry it’s nearly May, start again. It was a dull and cold Spring day with a cold NE wind and temperatures reaching only 7C. At least the rain forecast for the afternoon was delayed until evening.
I took over as leader and we headed out through Walberton and across the A27 via Shellbridge lane. Then it was a short stretch of the A29 before turning off on the Madehurst Lane through freshly green woods and bluebells. We stopped to regroup at the end of the lane by the Whiteways Roundabout.
Then it was a fast descent to Houghton and on to lanes via Amberley and Rackham and on to stop for elevenses at RSPB Cafe, Wiggonholt heading indoors out of the cold.
I headed home from here for a shorter ride and Sam took over as leader. His report is as follows –
65miles Door to door. After Bird sanctuary on to Coolham, Brooks Green & “Lunch” @ Summers Pond. Cold & nonstop head wind. After lunch on via “ club hill climb” to Main Road( A29 Staine Street) Staggered crossing and round to cross canal & river on A272; off up the B2133 to New Pound; left into back off Wisborough. Green and on to Kirdford for a tea! Back through and down to & over A272 onward to Well Diggers Arms. Mike went left to Fittleworth: We went right through Byworth over Stopham bridge, Barlavington, Duncton, Singleton & Centurion Way home. Temp at top of Duncton 7 degrees C and NO RAIN
For my return I wanted a different route than the outbound so headed on a lane towards Coldwaltham with a stop for a picture of Bluebells on the verge.
Then it was on a lane via Coates south of Fittleworth and a stop for a chat with Chris Dart who was coming in the other direction. He was not expecting to get to Barnes Green in time but getting in some hill training before a holiday. Then for me it was on via Duncton Hill and Upwaltham and the long descent to Eartham and Slindon Bottom Road. This is my favourite local road for quiet views especially with the trees in their Spring or Autumn leaves.
Then it was under the tunnel to Fontwell to discover a new Cyclepath. This goes the length of Fontwell Village as far as the lane down to Walberton. It is part of the cycle route from the coast to Slindon and the Downs. So new they had not put in yet give way markings at every side road.
Then back home via Yapton and the Prom. Mileage for me was 48 from and back to Pagham
My latest picture was taken on Thursday at the end of a visit to Arundel Castle Tulip Festival just as black storm clouds gathered. I sent the picture up to BBC South Today for their weather pictures and it was shown on TV Thursday Evening.
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