Sunday 26 March: Newhaven & back

As it’s Mothers Day and I’ve been invited to lunch at Vickis, I only have time for a short blast out today to enjoy the spring sunshine, so decide to go to Newhaven and back.

What a beautiful day for a ride. There is a light breeze but it is quite warm.

The tide is high when I get to Newhaven.

I walk round to the beach to pick up a souvenir stone. 

At the end of the harbour wall some lads are doing a photoshoot.  They are a local band,  Igloo.

My souvenir stone!

What do you think of my new lid? 

I was given it by biking friends Nigel and Jane, when I mentioned I had been trying on open face helmets. 

 Nigel hadn’t got on with it, so it was sat up in their loft, almost new and they’ve generously given it to me.

It is noisier than I’m used to, but I do like being able to flip up the front.

Thank you so much xx

Time to head home, taking the back roads out of Newhaven, past Piddinghoe up to Lewes.

I take a short detour to Colmans Hatch church to put some flowers on Steve’s grave and lay one on his Mums grave too.

Then onto a lovely Mothers Day lunch at Vickis, with Dan, doing the honours with the cooking.

As the sun is out I finally get a chance to get do my Pink Stiletto photoshoot! 

On the left is a cover photo for BMW magazine in USA. This caused a furore amongst many lady riders – many of them who ride Bmws. Why show a blonde in high heels and leopard skin trousers when there are so many real lady riders out there, which I do agree with but…

 on the other hand.. 

one of my lady biking friends posted on Facebook that  saying that although she would never look anything like it, that the photo was what she felt like riding a bike. 

I challenged her and said all she needed was bright lippy, leopardskin leggings and high heels and thus The Pink Stiletto challenge was born; a private Fb page set up and a deadline of Easter to try and recreate the photo as best you could- a bit of fun for some of my lady biker friends all over the World.

Can you spot the difference?ūüėČ

It was nice to sit on my beautiful Nuclear Red Speed Triple again, but don’t worry Vicki, I’m not going to ask for it back…yet!

And to finish off the day, what better than the first MotoGP of the season from Quatar. A slightly delayed start, but a great race.

All in all a pretty good Mothers’ Day

Saturday 11 March Chichester 

I’m looking for a new lid and just found out that¬†Helmet City¬†has a shop and clearance centre in Chichester, so decide to kill two birds with one stone and head down there today for my ride out.

It is quite dull as I get my bike out but then the sun comes out and if The Sun Has Got His Hat On then you definitely need to go out and play! ( link is for any of my American friends reading this who have no idea about this classic tune!)

A nice ride down to  the outskirts of Chichester-City of roundabouts!

Helmet City is just off the second roundabout!

The shop is a bit of a Tardis- looks tiny on the outside but holds loads of stock.

I get chatting to this couple who have just bought this tiger 800 from Destination Triumph and are trying to fit a top box,

I’ve come down to try out the Schubert Pro C3 Women as online it is shown at a great price (which unfortunately is only for the XS).

This ” ladies” helmet catches my eye with its funky lining.

The Schuberth is too expensive, but the salesmen recommends the Shark Evo-One-still quite a lot of money at £380, but it fits nicely and with its flip front that stays locked when open, it might be the one for me. They dont stock the white one here so I have some time to think it over, before I need to order it into their Tatsfield shop.

Meanwhile I head across the car park to the clearance centre. This is definately worth a visit if you are not bothered about having the latest gear.

The only item i really need other than a new lid is a pair of summer gloves. so I’m pleased to see they have a whole load of them at ¬£25- only trouble is they are not necessarily in pairs-so its into jumble sale mode to search through 3 tiers of gloves.

I start chatting to another lady biker who is doing the same-we quickly check that we are not both searching for the same ‘other’ glove! Luckily we aren’t.

We get talking about Kevlar leggings as I’m wearing my GoGos and it turns out Linda ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ( Hello Linda if you are reading this) is also a member of the Facebook group¬†Motorbike women.

I eventually find the matching glove to the ones I like and a purchase is made.

I then ride up back to Arundel, for some more retail therapy in one of my favourite clothes shops Fanny Adams.

The town is really busy, but I manage to just sneak in on the end of a parking space!

The Victoria Institute has seen better days…with one of the castles’s towers in the background.

After my shopping I pop into enjoy a cuppa and crumpet with my friends’ Jane and Gareth who live in Arundel.

They are currently dog sitting Rufus, who likes a crumpet too, or would if he had a chance!

Isn’t he a handsome boy?

I get home just as it is turning dark- that was an enjoyable day’s riding.

A couple of hours later and I’m meeting up with some old biking friends for a curry in Lingfield.

I’m really looking forward to end of May when i will be biking with them again over in France.

Saturday 4 March

As is often the case I start my ride today not really knowing where I’m going to ride to/

I head out on the A262 to Tunbridge Wells and continue on this road all the way to Tenterden.

I stop on the way to take a photo of the penny farthing at Sissinghurst. This was originally erected for the Tour de France which travelled through the village on 8th July 2007.

Just before Tenterden I turn right onto the Appledore Road ( an old favourite).

After Appledore I follow the road left which winds its way to Brenzett, where I stop to take the photo below.

A little bit of research when I get home on the sign , and I find out that Brenzett, has a small ¬†Aeornautical museum, which I may try and find next time I’m down this way at the weekend . ¬†It was also the site of a RAF ¬†Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) airfield during the ¬†Second world War ,at one time operating North American Mustangs IIIs.¬†

a fast blast along the straight A259, before turning right past Lydd airpost, ¬†through Lydd itself, coming out on to the joyful Jury’s Gap- a whole series of nice fast curves, and at this time of year no tourist traffic to get in the way. ;o)

I decide to stop an take a walk on the beach at Camber. The tide is high, so no sand today just pebbles.

Here’s me, Helmet Hair with a touch of Seaside Wind!

A short stroll to beachocomb but ¬†not much to see, only some seaweed …

and a cute smiley stone

Off again, through Rye, then along the A259 to Hastings, where I stop off to buy some cockles and anchovies for tea tonight.

Then onwards to Sovereign Harbour for a cup of tea and a natter at my friends’ Jo and Simons flat.

The weather report for today had been showers but I have been really lucky until five minutes from home when it does start to rain.

My route for the day.

Home! and I’m ready to enjoy my cockles with a glass of bubbles!