2009.11 November

This page is to cover all rides during November
Sat 7 November 2009 7.30am Saturday ride

PT met GD RT FL KBS DS and MA at Truffles for their bargain brek. FL KBS and GD returned to Findon, while the remainder carried on up the downslink to Partridge Green and beyond, taking the road west to Knepp. The inaugural hunt meeting of the season was seen off, after which PT returned east to HH via Partridge Green and the A272 from Bolney.

RT and DS at the Knepp Hunt

Friday 13 November 2009 Not Not Gala Night @ Ghurka T,DJ – RT/PT

Sat 14 November 2009 7.30am Saturday ride
KBS, FL and RT met on a very windy morning with heavy rains threatening, providing a perfect excuse for KBS to propose a route down the north side of the downs somewhere between Lion lane and Bloody Norse Corner to shelter from wind and rain. A double back half-way down to enable us to ride round the bowl above Steyning and to drop into Steyning, down the High Street, up Mouse Lane and finally to climb Llama lane, to meet the blast of wind at the top. Return to Findon via Buddington bottom and Stable Lane and who should we meet on arrival at Pond Green but our very own LSV, EN plus she who must be obeyed, who were visiting the new vicar of Findon.
Total distance 9.5 miles, I think.

Sat 21st Nov 7.30 am ride.
In an email, GD wrote:
“Dear all, well it was a depleted ride this morning with just Fransoirs and myself in attendance. We made full use of a lovely morning and took to the downs via Stable Lane. 16 and 1/2 miles later and at an amazing time of 9.30am we returned to Findon via Cissbury.

The full route was past Gifford’s gallops to the top and then left towards Chantonbury, right past the spinny and onto the South Downs Way to the concrete road. We then began our descent to Steyning and briefly re-joined the South Downs way. Just before Truly Hill we turned right over the bridge and headed towards Shoreham. Once there we headed past the airport and took the bridalway alongside Lancing College and returned to the top of the downs. That is a good climb and apart from constantly looking ahead to Fransoirs derriere the views from that part of the downs over Lancing, Worthing and Shoreham were fantastic, even the sun came out to warm and greet us. We did give a wave towards Haywards Heath, did you see us Paul?

By this stage of our journey we were absolutely covered in spray and must have looked a real sight, it was a little slippery on the narrow sections and the chalk path up to Cissbury but apart from that it was pretty dry and the going was fairly good.
Fransoirs and I were very surprised to return to Findon at 9.30 and parted company at Nepcote. So all in all it was a pleasant ride, I think we enjoyed the best part of the day, my very best wishes to our chums who are not well at the moment through illness or self inflicted injury; looking forward to next week and a few more fellows……………… until then!”

Total distance 16.5miles.

Sat 28th Nov. 7.30am ride
CB FL. CB writes:
“Saturday saw just Francis and I out.

We had a great ride with glorious weather (I think the only good weather of the weekend). Francis having been out regularly wanted to head West of the A24 and we decided to ride to the tank. The ride to the tank was uneventful and, despite my recent absences, quite quick. Leaving the tank we decided to head across the (usually excellent) fields towards Burpham and to circle back through Murtle Grove. Almost as soon as we left the tank I got a puncture. After the Mending, we had to circumvent a couple of fallen trees, followed then by the fields which had become boggy where hoof holes had been filled up by the rain – this downhill section was therefore much harder work than the climb had been. We then, however, enjoyed a fast ride back through the Angmering Park Estate to Murtle Grove, where my French companion decided to negotiate with Arun Mowers to have his lawn mower repaired and serviced.
20 minutes later, and with both of us having arranged for our lawn mowers to be collected today, we headed back to Findon. We managed about 12 ½ miles and arrived home at 9.30am.”

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