A great day to practice some mindfulness:
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Or as us bikers call it “going for a ride” !
I start off with no particular destination in mind, but as I ride along I decide to head down to Rye. So plug it into my Garmin Zumo 595 and follow the route given.
As it turns out this is the route that I usually take to ride back from Rye, so although I recognise the roads, I usually see it from the opposite direction!
The roads are quite damp and a little slippery , so concentration is needed, especially on the last stretch of road from Newenden to Rye
Can someone tell me why drain holes/covers are so often situated in corners, right on the biking line? I always wonder this when my bike slips on one, like it did coming into Rye!
I park up on the Quay. There’s only about half a dozen bikes here and a couple of blokes sitting having a chat. So I decide to go to the cafe across the road for some lunch-ham egg and chips and a mug of tea, perfect.
Back to the my bike, and a few others have lined up next to my Santa Tiger
The lure of the sea is as always great, so I decide to ride home via Hastings.
View of Hastings Pier in the low winter sun.
The roads are a lot drier on the way back home, so I’m comfortable going a little faster-which is always good for the soul :0)
Back to East Grinstead and I drop my bike off ,ready for it to be pampered tomorrow by Clean Bike Clinic with a full clean and polish and more importantly a full application of ACF 50 to keep it protected over the winter.
It’s then an easy walk down the hill to Beer Club at The Old Mill.
Beer Club is our Sunday afternoon tradition- a chance for mates ( biking or otherwise) to get together over a pint of beer or glass or three of wine and talk bikes, food, life in general or just general bollocks – there’s much more of the latter as the beer kicks in!
A photo had to be taken today when we realised that three of us, John, myself and Sharon had all worn TT Assen ( MotoGP) T shirts …great minds and all that!
Beer Club is always a great end to a day’s riding.