Ten riders started out from The White Lion for our usual Sunday morning ride. This time we planned to ride to the Courtyard Café at Southease Youth Hostel. The ground was dry & firm and we had a following wind for much of the outward journey. All that winter riding in rain and over soft ground had paid off: we arrived half an hour before the café opened. We did however use the new public workshop facilities outside the café to inflate a tyre with a slow puncture. It’s handy to know these facilities exist for emergency repairs.
Rather than wait in the cold for the café to open we carried on to the new café at The Big Park in Peacehaven for coffee and cake (and bacon sarnies) (and bacon & egg rolls).
Our return route was via the popular Cycle Seahaven route for road and off-road riders: turning left off the busy A259 down Valley Road and past Meeching Valley School, to pick of the cycle lane behind the Jolly Boatman and back to Seaford. At over 20 miles this was certainly one of our longer rides, but the improving conditions are making lengthier outings much easier.