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Reports from Spring 2004
Three of us managed the 'inaugural ride' in the end – Joyce, our newest member (we're now up to 7 with about as many more prospective joiners) Sheila Schaffer who some of you at least also know.
Joyce – Treasurer – arriving at the station
The weather was awful – cold, wet and windy and the Golden Martlet pub where we'd reckoned on having a break was covered in scaffolding and closed – but having survived World War II we were not going to let a spot of rain deter us. In spite of the weather we had an enjoyable day – and thanks largely to Joyce thoughtfully bringing a flask of hot soup we survived.
We decided that for the moment – and subject to general agreement – we'd reckon on having a ride every other Sunday and have sketched out plans for a couple of nice easy-peasie little ones of no more than 23 miles at the most for the next two. Ian
Sunday 25 April
Bob had alerted us to this event and we arranged to meet him there. There were lots of interesting machines from all periods – I did note that the 'youngest' entry (in the 'Sports Machines' Group was only two years older than the bike I'd just ridden to Amberley on. This photo shows some rather older bikes – including a 'high ordinary' without which no event of this kind could be complete.
Sue and Ed arrived by car and after a while we found Bob and Colette.
The Secretary (L – Ian) and the Chair (R – Ed) illustrating just how much they were in need of regular cycling opportunities. The ad on the vintage bus hints at how they may have got this way.
Sunday 2 May
Weatherwise there could not have been a greater contrast with our first effort on the Cuckoo Trail a fortnight previously when we froze in soaked clothing. This time thank goodness the weather was perfect. Six of us made it – Joyce, Sheila, Chris, Sharen, Ed and me – and we were joined at the Bridge pub by Bob who terrified the rest of us with tales of 400 km (= 250 miles) Audax rides and Colette (who didn't terrify us at all!).
All except Ed – who we lost on the way back, or more accurately he lost the rest of us – had tea at the Shoreham airport terminal – and the consensus was that a good time had been had by all.
Sunday 16 May
Four of us – Joyce, Sheila, Sue Pringle (joining us for the first time) and myself had a very pleasant ride (our 3rd) last Sunday in the Chichester Harbour area. The weather was better than forecast and the roads – mostly – very quiet.
Sunday 30 May
There were six of us this time, Joyce, Sheila, Chris, Sharen and – for the first time – Richard, plus me. As with the previous 'run' we were lucky and the weather turned out a lot better than forecast.
Joyce and Chris by Pevensey Castle
The route was nicely varied and – as a 'bonus' we stumbled on a 'mediaeval' event at Pevensey castle.