2008.06 IOW/New Forest ride

Varyingly, participants were PT, ZA, JR, CB, RT & MA, along with the new satmap, which was given it’s first outing.

PM for this year’s IOW/NF ride was PT, with intended attendance varying almost daily right up to the last minute, when MA was given a pass to attend for the Friday.

Thursday 3 July

PT tookvan to Ashurst in NF, parked up and catches 12:40 train(s) to Portsmouth Harbour, arriving at 13:54.

RT and JR cycled down from Findon in convoy to meet PT place bikes in LSV2 and board 12:55 train at Worthing for Portsmouth Harbour, arriving 14:02. Meanwhile ZA boarded train at Angmering at 13:05, joining RT and JR – such co-ordination!

In view of the time available till the next ferry, this was an opportunistic moment to re-enact “Brief encounters of the lost keys”.

PT, RT, JR and ZA MEET AT Portsmouth, take ferry, ride to Shanklin and stay at:

St George’s House Hotel

2 St George’s Road,

Shanklin, Isle of Wight PO37 6BA

Tel: 01983 863691

on Thursday 3rd July;

Friday 4 July

IOW ride traditional arch photo

CB makes his way to the island by whatever means he feels suitable, bearing in mind that PT’s van awaits at Ashurst for the return on Sunday. CB meets PT, RT, JR and ZA en route from Shanklin to Freshwater, probably near the customary lunch stop at Carisbrooke. All proceed to Freshwater to stay overnight on Friday at:

Littledene Lodge

Granville Road

TOTLAND BAY, Isle of Wight PO39 0AX

Tel: 01983 752411

A dinner reservation has been made, in order to avoid Independence day disappointment.

Saturday 5 July

All proceed to Yarmouth and board ferry to Lymington. There is a train from Lymington Pier at 44 mins past the hour for Worthing, journey time 2 hours 10 mins.

RT and ZA took the train to Brockenhurst and then ZA to Rustington and RT to London.

CB and PT ride up through NF and stay overnight at:

Arden House

Langdown Lawn, Hythe

Hampshire, SO45 5GR

Telephone at home: 023 8084 2037

Mobile phone: 078 1263 5953

Sunday 6 July

PT and CB ride through Forest to Ashurst, collect van and return to Sussex.

Any recollections or incidents please either to PT, to RT or to everyone (to provoke more of same) so an “authorised version” can be compiled.

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