"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 https://sites.google.com/site/cyclingroutes/London-to-Brighton-bike-ride/. 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.
The killer is Ditchling Beacon 814ft. Mary managed to cycle all the way up with one pause for breath but no walking! Respect!!
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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