A beautiful ride

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The outline of yesterdays ride looks a bit like a cats head – What is this telling me??

After feeling rather lethargic for the last week  – work, heavy rain and all that – it was time to hit the tracks again as the Sun came out yesterday afternoon.

I really didn’t feel upto much as I drove towards the Downs.  I had intended to park in Shoreham and head for the “Rings” again, but cut short my drive and parked at Pycombe.

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Almost at the top of Newtimber Hill

Instead of heading to Saddlescombe over the South Downs Way, I rode up Newtimber Hill with the hedgerows grabbing at my arms. At the top I was in to open views down to the sea – sheer bliss.  picking up the SDW it was then up to Devil’s Dyke – passing through the remnants of a Rave – oh to be 35 years younger.  

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Rave On!

At the top I was feeling good and reckoned Chanchtonbury Ring was a reasonable target.  Down, Up, Down, Up, Down, Up, Down, Down, Down, Up, Up, Up and about 10 miles later I was there under the trees taking a well earned (even though I say it myself) break. 

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Down by the River – almost down to sea level

 I chose then to take the easy route back – off-road down past Cissbury Ring into Worthing then along the seafront before turning inland at Brighton.  I must have been feeling good as instead of following the London Road I took Montpelier Drive then the Dyke Road back up – finally coming down to the A27 on Mill Road.  36.5 miles, 800m of climbing – fanatstic – the last few weekend shorter rides must have helepd after all.

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Coming Down.

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I think I earnt it.

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Heading East – towards Brighton – tarmac is soo much easier than off-roading

 

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