2013.05 May

Saturday 4th May 08.00am ride
Morning after an EPM to discuss the Tank T ‘n B, so it was decided that it would be a good idea to ride to the tank to see if it was still there.
Tank still there, but concern was expressed that GD’s extensive Puckamuck duties would prevent him from preparing the area for the brek.
Return via Lee Farm and Michelgrove, at which point RT and PT headed back to Findon via Tolmere, whilst the remaining three continued into Angmering woods and then Clapham woods back to Findon and a fine brek at Julia’s kitchen.
PT has records of mileages

Saturday 11th May 08.00am ride and FGCC 20th anniversary lunch.
Ride over to Steyning for a bacon earnie and return to Findon in time to change and join the FGCC lunch.

Saturday 18th May. 08.00am ride.
Solo ride for RT. route via north end up to Chanctonbury, over to Langmeadc, down the gravel road and right to return to Cissbury.
Total only around 9 miles

Saturday 25th May Trek ‘n Brek at the Tank.
Organised by CB, we gathered with provisions to be loaded into the LSV at 08.00am. PT kindly drove LSV to Kithurst Car Park whilst the peleton made its way there for the traditional sparkling toast to the FGCC

Toast to the FGCC - 2
Toast to the FGCC – 2

Toast to the FGCC - 1
Toast to the FGCC – 1

The trailer was loaded up and the convoy set off to the tank

The  water carrier - Tim
The water carrier – Tim
Le peleton a la brek
Le peleton a la brek

On the way there was a general lamenting of the absence of Mr Derrick and how we would most likely have to thrash down the undergrowth surrounding the tank prior to the start of culinary proceedings. To our collective surprise and delight it transpired that GD’s recent presence was very much in evidence

The fine work of Groundsman Derrick
The fine work of Groundsman Derrick

It was very clear that this was the work of Mr Derrick because of his thoughtful provision of the “pissoir” location:

Le pissoir
Le pissoir

Brek prepared with veggie TK as master chef for the bacons and sausages along with the Baconmeister Budd.

All hands on deck
All hands on deck

Just as we were commenting upon the absence of passers-by one man and his son appeared to inspect the tank, seemingly not in the least bit surprised at our presence or activity, and informing us that the turret of the tank now resides in a tank museum in Devon.

A fine brek
A fine brek

After a marvellous brek we were too full to go for an extended ride so we rode home.
Only around 10 miles but another magnificent event.