Sunday 12 August. Ride to Emsworth

Although dry early the weather forecast of rain most of the day proved correct. The original plan for the day was 2 rides, a hilly longer route and a shorter flatter ride meeting up for a picnic lunch at Southsea to view the International Kite Festival. I was due to lead the long ride at 9.00 but nobody turned up so I retired to Costa Cafe to await Harvey who was leading the short ride. More luck with that as we were joined by Bill, Maureen and Samantha so 5 out in all.

By the time we left light rain was starting getting heavier as went along. Harvey took us along Clay Lane bypassing West Ashling and on via Woodmancote where full waterproofs came on. Then we continued via Westbourne and the cycle route to Emsworth and a choice of Heidi’s Cafe for elevenses which had enough room inside out of the rain unlike the Greenhouse Cafe.

We decided in the Cafe that we could do without going further in the rain or get wet watching the Kites so we turned back towards the Woodmancote Arms for lunch instead. Harvey took us back on a different route with a bit of main road before turning off on the Thorney Island road and then the backroads via Prinsted. Then it was inland from Southbourne and on to Woodmancote for lunch.

We managed to spend long enough chatting inside that the rain had almost finished by the time we left. By the time we got back to Chichester at 3.00 the rain had stopped.

The return mileage from Chichester was 21. My mileage from Pagham was 35

My latest picture to be processed was one I took back in June at Highgate Underground Station, London.

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