This had been planned as a bit of an epic ride and it was, we weren't disappointed. We met at 9am, which was a good idea as I didn't get back home until 3.40pm! It was a great ride and Malc Belle joined us at East Meon and cycled all the way back with us.
Angie, Caroline, Sandra, Elise and welcome back Steph and me, met at Goodwood Hotel, cycled through the estate, to Lavant, past the Royal Oak to Chilgrove, where we met Julia at the junction. Then on along the Chilgrove road, up Harting Hill and then down again into South Harting and on to Petersfield, along the Winchester road to Langrish and then East Meon.
We reached East Meon at 11am and saw Anthea waiting outside the pub for us. It was lovely to see her again. I forgot to ask her how she enjoyed her ride along Hadrians Wall..... next time.
Our first tea and cake stop....
Here's Angie having trouble with her sock and velcro straps of her shoe....
From East Meon we made our way along the pretty lanes to Clanfied, with some short sharp hills along the way and then along Chalton Hill and as we were so close to Compton we just had to stop at our favourite cafe there. It was 1.30pm by this time, so we were ready for a spot of lunch. Julia said we had used up 2,000 calories to Compton, so we didn't feel guilty at all when ordering our baked potatoes, soups, sandwiches and of course tiffin!
After the food......
A great ride and well worth meeting that little bit earlier. From Compton we made our usual way back to Chichester and Goodwood. Another epic ride is planned for next week...details to follow.
Thanks to everyone who came out today who made this a fun day!