This was our ride along the Downs Link track from Christ's Hospital to Shoreham.
We caught the 0803 train from Barnham and met Mercy at Christ's Hospital station, the morning started off sunny, which we were very relieved to see.
Mercy, Karen and Caroline
New Belle.....Doreen, the chap to the right of the picture was very gentlemanly and kindly helped carry her bike for her.
From Christ's Hospital we joined the Downs Link track passing through Southwater, West Grinstead, Partridge Green and as it started to rain we decided to stop in Henfield for a tea/coffee break at a small cafe which was hidden away on an industrial estate. It was a funny little place but was very popular and busy serving breakfasts.
Rain had stopped by the time we left the cafe and we carried on to Bramber and eventually arriving in Shoreham at about 11.30am. We had made very good time, from Christ's Hospital to Shoreham is 28.8 miles.
The countryside along the route was stunning.
Yet was a little muddy in places....
Doreen's muddy drinking bottle, which didn't stop her drinking from it!
We cycled into the town centre and looked out for a cafe as we were in need of tea and cakes!
From the cafe we crossed over the bridge and cycled onto the South Coast Cycle route which took us to Worthing, here Karen and Caroline decided to catch the train home. Mercy, Doreen and myself carried on along the very windy seafront to West Worthing station, before catching the train back to Barnham we stopped for ice cream.
Our total distance was 33.5 miles (those of us who cycled from Tangmere can say 43 miles!) and we used up 905 calories! Back at Barnham Angela and myself cycled back to Tangmere and Mercy caught a train back to Horsham.
It was a great day out and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves.
Reminder: It's our Family Charity ride next Satureday - we're meeting at 4.30pm in Westgate and cycling to Bosham - ferry to Itchenor and supper at The Ship. Lets hope for a lovely sunny afternoon and please bring as many friends as you can to support Ellie and Angela on their womenVcancer 400k cycle ride in Kenya later this year.