Saturday, 21 July 2018

Watch the Birdie

G2 Pulborough Brooks
By Rick Gregory
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 12:22
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A small flock of Redhill CC riders landed at the RSPB reserve at Pulborough Brooks, resplendent in their summer plumage, two in usual livery and two in the less common tropical livery normally seen in the Balearic islands.

The flight path followed a familiar route to Broadbridge Heath before taking Bathurst Hill and West Chiltington Lane to the pretty village of ….. West Chiltington. Then, along The Hollow and right into Stream Lane before joining the A283 to the RSPB at Wiggonholt.

The food and service at the café were excellent, as was the view over the wildlife reserve. Not too much avian activity to observe but the gliders being towed into the sky from the nearby club provided interesting viewing.

Quick repairs were required to Matthew’s bike as his oval chainring had dropped the chain as we arrived at the reserve. With repairs completed we set off for the ride home; first south to Storrington, then north to Thakeham and Brooks Green. Then, Southwater and Roffey.

Wimlands Road brought us back to Rusper where, the dreaded cramp struck one of the riders (not entirely surprising on such a hot day). The brief delay allowed us to observe a Red Kite circling above – some serious bird watching after all.

After Rusper we broke formation, each heading to their roost.

A lovely ride on a lovely day with lovely company and 70 miles on the clock.

Thanks to the ever reliable homing pigeon, Graham H, for providing the route.

Nick.

(Posted for Nick Thatcher)