Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by OldBrit
One of the reasons I left the UK 15yrs ago was because of the weather but now the tables seem to have turned and you guys are getting the sunshine while we in the NE of the US are getting all the rain; wettest July on record. Meantime the NW has had a heatwave!
One of the greatest things I recall about the UK is how fast the terrain changes. In the US you have to travel 1000 miles to see the diversity that you would see in 100 miles in the UK. It's like a continent has been squeezed into an island.
Don't worry about abandoning us- you did it for the right reasons. Weather here is fickle and changing. Winters are getting wetter- or if dry- a lot colder. Summer lasts about 4 weeks sometime between april and june. Only 4 weeks at a time though and when it comes it is drought conditions.
July and August seem to be hot but not much sign of the sun- too much cloud cover and summer storms flood the landscape on a few occasions- or the towns- or the motorways.
And on that terrain. We don't have great big open plains- we don't have massive great big mountain ranges and we don't have deserts.
Everything seems to be around but smaller. I can go for 25 miles East or west and not have a slope greater than 2%. Or I can go North and get in 3,000ft of climbing in 20 miles- or South to the South Downs and have 100 miles of offroad and just keep doing 600 to 800 ft climbs at 12% with the occasional steep bit thrown in. And just think of the downhills to go with it.
You left for the right reasons.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.