Sunday 23 July Wessons & Seaford

First time out on the bike since my trip to France and subsequent back problems, so I am a little apprehensive, but all turns out ok.

The roads are still damp in places from last nights downpour, and more rain is forecast for later, but I aim to be home before the rain.

I head over to Wessons in Horam- one of my favourite shorter rides.

The big decision to be made as I ride over, is what will I order to eat?!

The thought of a Cheese and Ham toastie jumps into my head…Mmm, havent had one of those in ages so thats that sorted!

The cafe isnt as busy as I expected, and I manage to grab a seat outside at the front.

The guy who was behind me in the queue joins me on the table,and we are soon chatting. His big fat breakfast comes out before my order, Work that one out!

Two other bikers join us, Stewart and Tyrone and we continue the chat. One of the great things about a biker cafe- you get to talk to strangers who soon become friends!

Turns out they are both members of the local Top of Town facebook group too.

They are planning on going to Pyranees in September. I suggest they visit the Picos too. Check out my blog post of my trip there and you will see why I recommend it.

They ask where I’m headed and if I’d mind if they tagged on. Not a problem for me, although I explain Im only heading down to Seaford to visit Steve’s Dad, John.

Its a good ride down- My pace may have been a little slow for them, (a couple of times we are overtaken by other sportsbikes) but I’ve learnt to ride my own ride.

We say goodbye at Seaford as I head off to see John.

After a cuppa and a chat with John, who I think is looking really well (must be all those meals on wheels he’s having) it’s time to head home if I want to miss the rain.

A good blast back, stopping briefly at Chelwood Gate to buy some freesias from the nursery there.

I get home just as it starts raining…result!

Put my flowers in a vase

Crack open a beer, put TV on to watch BSB from Brands

And read the two freebie biking mags I’d picked up at Wessons.

And to finish the day off a little later I’ll be off to Beer Club down at The Old Mill to catch up with friends.

My favourite kind of a Sunday

Sunday 19 February First ride of 2017

At last , a reasonably warm and dry Sunday means I can finally go for a ride, on my nice shiny clean Tiger.

Do you like my new sticker

” The Grandma” in Rossi colours, bought yesterday from the bike show ( thanks Christine)

 

But where to go ?  as I have to be home by lunchtime for my Grandson’s birthday party.

I decide to head down to Newhaven, a  favourite  route.

Then round the curves to Seaford before heading North through Alfriston.

The level crossing at Berwick is down, with a couple of cars and a motorbike waiting ahead.

The bike is  a sporty one ridden by a youngster who does not acknowledge me behind him .

He overtakes the two vehicles in front, and is very lucky not to get squidged by a car coming round a blind corner.

Less haste more speed ,as I catch him up quickly. So tempting to overtake him, but I resist!

At the main road, I decide I have enough time for a visit to Wessons.

As I expected on the first really nice Sunday so far this year it is packed.

The queue is very long. I think the young lad serving is a newbie.

I was contemplating having brunch here, but with this many people my guess is it will take a while, so opt for a cuppa and a piece of bread pudding.

I sit outside at the front, and soon get chatting to the two blokes sitting opposite me, one of whom  owns this rather beautiful Moto Guzzi.

I get back home about 12.30 feeling so much better for getting some Ride Therapy.

Monday 28 Nov 2016 Wessons

I decide to take a ride out to Wessons Cafe in Horam for lunch. There are quite a few good riding routes to get there, but today I choose the A264 to Tunbridge Wells, followed by the A267 which takes me all the way down to Horam.

It being a sunny, but chilly Monday I’m not expecting many bikes to be there, but there’s about 6 other bikers there who have braved the chilly weather to get out for a ride.

A big plus point of it being so quiet is that there is no queuing for food, which is good news as I’m hungry!

I normally like to sit outside on the terrace, but not today, far too cold! I grab a table and a copy of  South East Biker magazine, which is always a good read.

As you can see I went for the healthy option…not! Cheese and ham toastie with chips, and the statutory Mug of Tea.

If anyone is looking for a business opportunity the cafe is up for sale for a mere £850K  eek! More details here

In a previous incarnation it was a motorbike accessory shop with a cafe attached called Ogri’s.

Ogri was a very funny biker cartoon character , drawn by Paul Sample for Bike magazine.

He visited the cafe years ago and drew the cartoon below on one of the posts.

There are also some other hand drawn pictures on display ,including this one of Mitzi (although I think she looks a bit like she has a 5 o clock shadow in this one)

So here’s a better one of her I found on the web.

mitzi

And this great one of Ogri, Mitzi and not forgetting kickstart the dog!

ogri

Having finished my lunch I headed home. I stuck to the tried and tested main A22, there’s too many wet leaves around on the smaller roads.

The temperature drops down to 7c on the way back. I think this may be the last time I will be wearing my Go Go leggings this year.Such a shame as they are so much more comfortable to ride in than my normal textile trousers, but even with wearing thermal leggings underneath they are just not warm enough for winter riding.