Saturday Ride 11 May – Bognor Library to Edgcumbes at Ford

Believe it or not, there are still cynics who are not convinced that our Cycle Bognor “no rain guarantee” (terms and conditions apply) is genuine.

I can give no better example than today. With a forecast of intermittent showers, a threateningly dark sky, and an absolute downpour before the ride started, things didn’t look too good. But not a drop of rain fell for the whole ride, and indeed the return was done under a a scorching sun.

I led Mike, Steve, Harvey, Chris, Suzanne, Robert, David, Sam, Dave, Lucy,  Emma, new riders Valerie, & Tessa, out from Bognor library, then  picked up Carol and Steve by arrangement at Felpham, meaning 16 out this afternoon.


Our route took us via the Arun Leisure centre, The Golf Club, Blake’s Mead and some alleyways


Then the Barnham cycle track up to Barnham where we took Lake Lane, crossed the railway by way of the foot crossing at Maypole Lane, then straight down Ford Lane to Edgcumbes. There we met up with John Maxim, who had come out to take  tea with us.


But after an uneventful ride out a bit of excitement was introduced when Steve found he had clicked his padlock round his bike but left the key at home.  A number of options were considered but we are grateful to another customer at Edgcumbes who retrieved a large hacksaw from his van. Steve then found that his “cheap lock” was more robust than he had given it credit for.   Nonetheless after sterling efforts it was cut off and we set out for home.


Chris Harvey and John went their separate ways and the rest of us returned via Ford Lane, Horsemere Green and down to the Oystercatcher. Then the cycletrack to Comet Corner, Middleton, Summerly and the prom all the way back to central Bognor.


Round trip mileage from, and back to, the library, was 15.3


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