Wednesday, August 29, 2012

London to Brighton cycle ride

"Let do some exercise", she said. "Let's go for a bike ride", she said. Little did I realise she meant London to Brighton!

Mary found a very useful write up of the route with turn by turn instructions It also had a link to a GPS route that I could download to the Garmin - all I have to do is read the [...] manual and work out how to use it as a navigation aid.

We packed some drinks, some energy bars and a packet of wine gums and off we set at 10 o'clock on the dot.


Two and a half hours later we were half way there. All the way it was perfect cycling weather - sunny, not too hot and no headwind. We bought some sandwiches at a village store and had a picnic lunch in the grounds of The Copthorne Hotel, Effingham.


We may have been half way there horizonally but not vertically - the big hills were still to come.

Screen shot 2012-08-27 at 10.58.50

The killer is Ditchling Beacon 814ft. Mary managed to cycle all the way up with one pause for breath but no walking! Respect!!

Brighton Pier

It turned a little grey right at the end but no matter - we made it in a respectable time. Not bad for a man about to get his bus pass.

Distance 53.95 miles, Moving time 04:59, Moving average 10.8 mph

Then a quick cuppa and a dash to the station for the train home a soak in the bath.

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