Ride by Mick and Rose

*****Ride by Mick and Rose

Seven tandems and one solo gathered near Arlington reservoir on a morning that had started bright but was increasingly threatening dampness. We set off on a bridleway towards Hailsham then after crossing the A22 we had a brief stop to don waterproofs as the dri le was getting heavier.

A nice easy stretch took us across Pevensey levels with the fairly strong following wind meaning that the dri le didn’t feel too bad. As we approached Norman’s Bay (where the Normans landed before the battle of Hastings) we got some good views out to sea towards the Royal Sovereign. At Cooden we headed inland again and passed a Remembrance Day parade in Little Common, then on up and down a couple of little hills to Hooe Common for lunch.

Suitably refreshed, after a good lunch, we headed out into afternoon sunshine and set off on the return journey. The first hill after lunch was the nasty little climb up into Wartling – it never looks too bad when you first see it – but by the top the burning sensation in legs and lungs reminds you just how challenging it is. The route then weaved around the lanes including a short stretch on the Cuckoo Trail to afternoon tea at the garden centre on the A22 at Lower Dicker.

From tea it was a fairly short leg back to the start with a beautiful view of the sun dropping behind the Downs.

Another excellent ride of almost exactly 40 miles.

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Caping Up - Photo by Dave

Group Photo - Photo by Dave

Cuckoo Trail - Photo by Dave

The ride leaders - Photo by Neville

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