Work was sh1t today. Had 1, yes you read that right,
1 hour of rostered work, 1/2 hr here, and 1/2 hr nine miles away.
Decided to ride rather than take the car, as the day looked good. Did the work here in Worthing, (i am a carer), then nine miles west, straight into the 15 mph breeze. Managed to hide from it for a short while by going down Ilex Way, where i met a lovely Golden Retriever puppy. This is a double row of Ilex, with a bridleway down the middle, a suprising find in urban Worthing/Goring. http://www.worthing.gov.uk/worthings-services/leisureandculture/parksampopenspaces/parksinworthing/parksinalphabeticalorder/ilexway/
Did the work in Rustington, then popped down to see the sea.....and the tide was out
With the wind behind me, i was straight onto the wet sand, and cruising home, tyres hissing on the wet sand, water filling my shoes. Sand gets everyware. Hardly a soul, save a couple of dogs and their owners. Soaked by the time i got back. Six miles, mostly upright, but a couple of interesting moments on some fine shingle, or rocky pools. Chased some rooks and gulls for the hell of it.
A 1st for me, never done a beach ride before. Very different types of hazards. Flat sand goes into quicksand. Closer to the sea, rippled sand shakes me about, and i wonder about getting some suspension. Pea shingle just doesn't allow progress at all. Seaweed covered rocks slip and slide, and move alarmingly in all directions.
Made up for the lack of work...well, a bit anyway
Route here http://ridewithgps.com/routes/214432