ride by Liz & Ken

*****report by Li zSeven tandems gathered at Henfold Lakes near Newdigate for our November ride on Remembrance Sunday. A few people made use of the café for a breakfast or a quick coffee before the start. Luckily the weather was quite pleasant, otherwise it could have proved difficult to prize people from their comfy chairs beside the log fire to mount up and set off. The morning route took us through Leigh and Charlwood, from where it was a good ride for plane spotters as we passed within ¾ mile of the end of Gatwick Airport runway. We stopped briefly on one of the nice quite lanes on the way to Rusper for a chocolate biscuit and fig roll break where we were passed by some of the many horseriders that were out and about on the lovely sunny morning. We had another rest while Dave fixed a puncture in the driveway of some kind residents who invited us in off the road. Just before lunch in Warnham we all had to dismount to cross the pedestrian level crossing – mind you it is a great improvement on carrying the tandems down the steps to the underpass which was the only option here for a while. After lunch at the Sussex Oak Dave mended his puncture again – properly this time! The route back was up the pretty Weare Street – unfortunately the surface here left quite a lot to be desired but on the plus side it is very quiet. Then it was quite a short run through Capel and Newdigate back to the café at the lakes for tea and cakes. A total of 33 miles.

Ready to go

Quiet lane

Puncture

Level crossing

lunchtime

after lunch

It's that wheel again

The Sussex Oak

November route

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