Mike Griffith's joint group ride from Appledore to Brede Pumping station 2/9/17.

02/09/2017 19:18 | Anonymous member

What a shame that only 6 riders turned up at Appledore,Russell,Ray,Gary,Tony M. and RichardV to accompany Mike on his lead from Appledore..Perhaps his earlier circulation about the route being hilly in parts,and the break not offering a big menu may have deterred some. However,the sun was shining,and his merry band set off alongside the military canal.The flat didn't last too long,and the first climb of the day took them up to Iden and quickly into the very picturesque Sussex quiet countryside. Mike found many ,almost traffic free lanes carrying onto Peasmarsh,Beckley and Broad oak,with numerous undulations and fine views. Just before the break,Ray,who was on a heavier than normal bike,and regretting it!,sustained the only puncture of the day,but as usual Gary was on hand to help,whilst Mike took time to regail us with his wild camping experiences.It was then onto Brede Pumping station.A museum and a real geeks treat.(sorry Mike).All the equipment is beautifully kept and in fine working order.They only sold Light refreshments,but very cheap.A guided trip then took the group down into a nuclear bunker,which proved interesting.Still in warm sunshine,the return leg  mainly mirrored the outward bound,and just as hilly,but with a late deviation through Ebony,back to Appledore.A distance of 32 miles with 2385 feet ascents at about 12 mph average.Thanks Mike,great route and ride.

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