So we ride again on our third time to Lymington departing Reading at midnight.
Our past 2 rides to Lymington captured the imaginations of several outside of Reading CTC so much so that half the group came from outside of the “greater” Reading area. We’re constrained only by the size of the ferry between Southampton and Hythe over the river Test; it’s a small one so first come first served.
We clear the urbanity of Reading within 20 minutes and there’s barely a call of “Car up/car down” until around 6am. Our route dives on a more or less south-south-west direction through Basingstoke (you’ll be glad it’s dark) and Winchester via the spookiest underground route, stopping awhile for a cuppa at 3pm beside a 24 hour petrol station – if that doesn’t float your boat then bring your own choice of refreshments. Our speed is dictacted by the Hythe Ferry which starts at 7.30am but there’s a fairish cafe at the port to while away the wait.
A couple of changes to note for this year. We start at Reading Station (South-side besides the Three Guineas pub) and our end is a different cafe but with new improved views of the Solent (slighty pricier but I’m attempting to negotiating a “deal”).
Train back from Lymington although you’ll probably do better to ride first to Brockenhurst and catch a more direct train from there (the train manager last year on the Lymington to Brockenhurst stretch was a bit…well, awkward would be polite).
It will be cold at night so wrap up warm and do ensure your bike is serviced before the ride.
This is how to join in so I can arrange the ferry and breakfast.
Reading CTC members: Let me know.
CTC members from outside of the Reading CTC member group? Can I have your CTC membership number and mobile number please.
Non-CTC member? No problem, I just need to know and can only have 5 on the ride. Oh, and your mobile number.
We’ll operate the usual procedures of back-marking and way-marking to ensure the safety of the ride and most importantly, we don’t leave anyone behind. So no matter your speed we’ll keep the ride moving in the right direction and all together. This is a Reading CTC ride; social cycling for all.
Questions? The usual address, firstname.lastname@example.org, and number, 07846 219114.