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Brighton Eventually
If I tapped the ‘Alternative Route’ button on my Sat-Nav a thousand times it would never have come up with the route we took to Brighton today.
First, to get to the meeting point at Keith’s house I had to travel West.  After we were joined by Iain & Holly, Sheila and Bev, Peter and Dan we headed South to Basingstoke to meet Bob & Julie. In the bright Spring? sunshine we then headed South South –East along some wonderfully twisty roads to Shoreham then Brighton.
These roads were mainly dry, but in places water was still draining from fields after the recent floods, making some parts wet, muddy and gravelly.  Pot holes abounded and were large and deep, but I think we all managed to miss them.

We parked on Madeira Drive where the pavement has been widened to accommodate bike parking. Brilliant !  After stripping off a few layers we wandered a short distance along the promenade to a café for tea & chips followed by ice creams.  It was here that I remembered I had left an expensive pair of prescription sunglass on my bike. Dining AL FrescoMuch to my surprise they were still there when I returned to look for them. Back at the al fresco café Keith was puffing on his electric cigarette and made a confession which will surely secure a Diesel nomination. 
Whilst driving his car recently, force of habit caused him to open the driver’s window to flick ash out and in the process he lost his electric cigarette !    For those unacquainted with this new fangled non-smoking aid, as indeed I was, it may be a surprise to know they can be primed with various flavours of which Keith has many. His current favourite is Blueberry. Really weird having the aroma of muffins drifting in the air.  

Soon it was time to wend our way home and once again Bob did us proud with his selection of roads. I peeled off at Guildford to head North to Bagshot and from there home. The others headed towards Goldalmin. I was perhaps 30 yards from my turn off to Binfield when the two bikes I had noticed steaming up behind me passed me tooting their horns. It was Boots and Keith. God only knows what route they took and how they ended up catching me is a mystery.  

All in all, a brilliant day out. My riding was a bit rusty having not ridden for a few months but by the time I reached home I was wanting to do it all again. 

Thanks Bob for a great route and thanks guys for a great day.  


John




And this contribution is from Dan :-


Peter’s Theme

Once in our lives we'll find him
Someone who makes us all turn around
And next thing you know
You're closin' down the town

Wake up and he’s still with us
Even though you left him way across town
We're wonderin' to  our selves
Hey what've we found

[Chorus]
When you get caught between the gloom and poor old Lyndy
We know he’s crazy but he’s true
If you get caught between the gloom and poor old Lyndy
The best that you can do (the best that you can do)
The best that you can do is join the club

Peter he does what he pleases
All of his life his master's toys
And deep in his heart
He's just he's just a boy
Livin' his life one day at a time
He's showing himself a really good time
He's laughin' about the way
We want him to be

[Chorus] 
When you get caught between the gloom and poor old Lyndy
We know he’s crazy but he’s true
If you get caught between the gloom and poor old Lyndy
The best that you can do (the best that you can do)
The best that you can do is join the club