A small but intrepid group gathered outside the Palace Pier for Sunday’s ride to Worthing Pier and back: Amanda, our Captain for the day, David, Chris, Fred, Mick and Anne, plus Simon from Suffolk, from our Cuba trip last year, on a hired Brompton. But Mick and Anne had only come to see us off! (The rumour was that they were to attend the Naked Bike Ride later in the day!) As we set off, we were joined by Corinne, so that made six.
The weather was overcast with a slight chill in the air, ideal for cycling. We dodged tourists on the seafront cycle path, passed the i360 sections waiting to be erected by the West Pier and soon we were in Hove and then Shoreham harbour. We crossed the lock gates and followed the blue NCN signs through Southwick into Shoreham, through an Italian market by the church and over the new footbridge to Shoreham Beach.
We stopped at Widewater Lagoon briefly and spotted a kestrel and little egret along with swans and biplanes heading for the airport. There was a dingy race going on out at sea at Lancing and the pier was now in sight – and it was cycle lanes all the way. At the pier we were greeted by the Salvation Army band! We were early at the Denton, so managed to grab a couple of tables for lunch, mainly of club sandwiches and gastro-chips. I was disappointed to find they had no Harvey’s on tap, but the soup was excellent.
After lunch I stayed on in Worthing and Shoreham to visit some Open Houses in the Worthing and Adur Art Trails and made my own way back on the electric later.
After Fred’s departure for the Worthing Open Houses, our return journey was skilfully navigated for us by Dave and Chris who were familiar with the route and we departed the route to leave for home one by one until finally only Chris was left to complete the last five miles to north Brighton.
Many thanks to our de facto leaders – Fred, Dave and Chris and to everyone who came along for some Clarion fun and fellowship.
Leon adds: Joyce and Leon attended again this year’s Naked Bike Ride, its Tenth year in Brighton. There were approx. 1000 riders. Pity we didn’t see any Clarion members on the ride or even on the side of the route.
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