6 out for the ride on a chilly north wind day tempered by the welcome sun. I returned after an absence to lead this ride to Petworth. I was joined by Adam, Bob Mark Paul & Sam. Sam signs on as GOG , his own acronym ‘Grumpy old Git’ and with a dodgy back, who can blame him.
We were passed by a young group of racers before we left the outskirts of Chichester but thanks to road works and traffic lights we overtook them as the lights changed in our favour. They passed us again without a nod and Paul rode their wheel for a bit. On the hills Sam and I used our electric assistance to keep up . I was frugal with my assistance as I had only one battery compared to Sam’s three. Also it is good to exercise the lungs . Sam does that by having a smoke at every stop.
Our route took us through Sutton , Coates, Fittleworth
Then it was up and down the Little Bognor loop and it was a joy to ride the Sussex Lanes again. The A272 was extremely busy not helped by the leader turning the wrong way but Petworth was reached where we meet Chris the bell after his cathedral bell ringing stint.
Our return took us down on a back lane loop through and over Rotherbridge.
The old road to Petworth used to go this way before it was diverted when the park was created around the 1750’s.
On through Graffham , Heyshot and up Cocking hill for our last coffee at the Flint Barn on the South Downs Way then home via Centurian Way . 43 miles and a day well ridden.