Four riders went to WesterhamDecember 7, 2014
Well the alarm went off at 7:30am 6th Dec and I struggled to get out of bed as you do on a Saturday morning and especially this time of year, so I didn’t actually get up until 8am. Quick call around to see who was up for a ride as this wasn’t a planned club ride, I am trying hard to build up my performance to keep up with the existing club runs on a Sunday. So Steve Rivett, Joshua Harris, and Jason Russon and I all agreed on a ride to Westerham.
First off we delayed our leaving time to 9:30am as the roads were looking very icy indeed and I didn’t have my ice skates available for this one! So at 9:30am we took off from Bexleyheath at a nice easy pace, well by the time I got to the end of Long Lane my ears had already started to freeze. I thought then that this was going to be a really cold one! By the time we had got on to the Main Road at Sutton at Home Josh started to complain of freezing hands and numb toes!! Typical Dad I told him to man up and work a bit hard. Well this lasted to about Shoreham when the Harris Support Wagon had to be called for a pickup from Otford. So after a quick coffee waiting for the support wagon to arrive good old mum!! Josh was picked up and now four had become three.
So the three amigos left Otford and down to Seal on the A25, we had to stop again as Steve R said something had fallen off one of the bikes. A quick inspections and I had now lost my back light which had bounced off my bike and through Steve R’s front wheel spokes Twang!! My rear light had smashed in the middle of the road. I now know what’s going on my Santa list!!! Well we then pressed on I hope it wasn’t going to be one of them rides where you just seem to keep stopping for one thing after another. Back up to pilgrims way and then back down to the A25 into Sundrige, Brasted, then finally Westerham, trying to avoid all the back roads we could because of the black ice. At last we had reached the Tea stop, sitting out the front in the glorious sunshine that was now beaming down on us. Still very nippy out mind you!!
Well after the refreshment stop and some banter it was time to head home, back along the pilgrims way where we got caked in mud from all the muc on the road. A nice blast through shoreham, Enysford, Sutton at home, Birchwood Road then back to Bexleyheath.
Great Day out even though it was very cold and very icy to start off with and a nice 50 mile ride in the sun! And to have thought I could have easily turned over in bed at 7:30am and slept in and missed all that fun! So keep getting out there and ride safe it is so worth it even in the freezing cold!