Seven couples met up for our Christmas meal on the Saturday evening in The Tally Ho pub in Eastbourne as we did last year and had enjoyable meal in excellent company. Fortunately they seat us in their back room where we are sheltered from the noise and smoke in the main bar areas. On the Sunday morning 4 tandems and 1 solo (Tim on another new bike) set off for the ride in glorious sunshine. This year we decided to head east from our house which is generally easy and flat riding after the slightly bumpy route to the seafront. The views out to sea were very clear with the Royal Sovereign Lighthouse appearing much closer than 6 miles offshore. At the leisure centre we met up with Keith and Jane, who had ridden from home, and stopped for a photo opportunity beside some fishing boats. We continued through the marina and on to Pevensey Bay and Norman’s Bay (where the Norman invaders landed in 1066). After crossing the private level crossing we headed back towards Pevensey and then along the old A259 which runs parallel to the new one. Some gates have recently been put up at either end of this road which made a bit of an obstacle course for the tandems but seems to have stopped the fly tippers! Lunch was at the Lamb Inn at Hooe, where we were served by a very helpful waiter with an excellent memory (or a hidden tape recorder) who managed to remember a round of 11 drinks – most impressive. After lunch, despite being on the Pevensey Levels, we managed to find a suitably tough little hill up into Wartling which made a number of riders wish they hadn’t eaten quite so much. The next few miles were flat again and partly on NCN route 21 until we had to climb back up the edge of The Downs back to our house. Tea and mince pies were enjoyed by all, including Mick and Rose who joined us after being unable to make the ride. We had the usual resume of the years rides, an average turn out of 17 riders each month, and a look forward to plan the rides for next year. Finally we presented Dave and Caroline (Christopher wasn’t with us this weekend) with the groups new ‘Most Rides Trophy’. It has been another good year of rides and we’d like to thank all those that have supported us so well. We look forward to seeing you all again and hopefully we can welcome some new tandemists to the Surrey and Sussex rides in 2007.
report by: Liz and Ken Gates [img][/img]

december06 - route

Along the seafront - Long shadows as we rode along the seafront at Eastbourne.Ther beautiful weather brought out lots of people which we had to dodge round - the roller skaters were particularly bad at looking where they were going.

On the seafront - We stopped for a photo. A handy concrete box was used as a camera rest, so everyone is in the shot.

Tim's latest bike - Tims' first outing on his new recumbent. We think he was pleased Anne had a cold and wouldn't ride on the tandem!

Approaching Pevensey

At the start - Photo by Anne

Leaving the pub - Photo by Liz

Trophy winners - Phot by Liz

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