Lewes, East Sussex

*****Ride and report by Keith and Jane

We all gathered at Lewes Railway Station on a bright sunny morning. 14 had confirmed to attend on 12th January, but by 13th our numbers had increased to 24. 11 tandems and 2 solos. Changes of plan were made successfully to accommodate the extra numbers. We were very pleased to see everyone arrive as most had been partying at Phil and Verna's until late the night before.

The ride started with a short but steep and narrow climb after only 200m, with a few walking to achieve enough height for a view of Lewes castle. We then proceeded along the Offham road and foot of the South Downs through Plumpton. We stopped at Ditchling for a coffee at the garden centre where the reduced Christmas decorations gave some interest. Then it was onwards to Chailey for lunch at the Kings Arms. A superb menu, full of organic and free range produce from local farms, even the ice cream. Feeling rested and re-fuelled we set off again to Barcombe and Barcombe Mills where unfortunately Liz and Ken’s chain broke. Some roadside repairs were made and we were soon on our way again. Travelling on through Ringmer and Glynde we passed the alpaca farm and were lucky enough to see "Mohammed" the camel as well. Ranscombe lane cycle path took us back to Lewes viewing paragliders descending off Mount Caburn. Arriving safely back to Lewes Railway Station as the light faded, we had covered 33 miles.

[img]http://ccgi.wildehobbs.plus.com/Joomla/uploadfiles/profile070114.gif[/img] 31.3 miles, 2036 ft of climbing.

Cycling through Lewes - Photo by Dave

At Lunch - Photo by Dave

Puzzled - Photo by Dave

Puzzled 2 - Photo by Liz

Broken chain - Photo by Dave

Camel in Sussex? - Photo by Dave

Camel 2 - Photo by Dave

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Riding along - Photo by Mark

Riding along 2 - Photo by Mark

Lewes - Photo by Neville

At the start - Photo by Liz

On the move - Riding along 3

Barcombe Cross - Photo by Liz

Puzzled - Photo by Rose

Puzzled - Photo by Rose

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