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Old 07-09-13, 12:47 AM
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Bit of our Sussex scenery.

I'll have to get the camera back working sometime but as it is- the Video camera goes with me on most rides nowadays. Takes a while to sort the rubbish from the interesting bits so Last Sunday's ride has take a while to report on. Weather has finally changed and we are getting temps up into the 80's right now and it looks as though it may last longer than a few days before the weather comes along and spoils it. So Saturday was spent getting getting the odd jobs around the house and garden done so that a sensible ride could be done. A Friend was doing a 10 km run in Seaford which is about 12 miles from home and the other side of the South Downs ridge. Mick- my neighbour- and I decided to see him come in and it was going to be a decent ride. Out at 8.30 and I reckoned it would take an hour to get there with the slopes involved. Not much traffic about and the roads are a bit boring- just great British scenery but straight roads going up and down don't make for good viewing so I editted the Vid to show just a couple of the highlights.


That village of Alfriston is a big tourist attraction but we must have been up early and missed them. It looks all "Olde Worlde" and most of the houses and buildings are old with some being from the 15th Century but they have been highly renovated and have lost some of their charm. But it does give an idea of how Sussex could have looked.


We did catch the mate finishing his run but the best bit was a Sausage and Bacon roll with a good cup of real coffee at a sensible price. No rip off "Burger Vans" at this event. Way back was along the coast road but once you have seen one hill- you have seen them all- or heard them all with me puffing and blowing on the commentary- but decided to get a bit of 50+ culture and show you the restaurant where "Banoffie Pie" was invented. It is a relatively recent occurence as pies go but it is a local Sussex invention that some are proud of. However that was a disaster of major significance as you will see.

Ride was fairly easy but the route out and we must have pushed a bit as 14.1 mph average for the 12 1/2 miles out to Seaford but either bigger hills or more of them as only 12 mph for the return. I blame it on the Bacon Roll as it was rather large.
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Old 07-09-13, 05:29 AM
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Very good video Doug, nicely done. Thanks for another view of those Beautiful English towns in your area.

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Old 07-09-13, 07:52 AM
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Nice, I like the road that was covered with the trees. I could use a few of those. Was the camera on your helmet? I was thinking of borrowing my sons Go-Pro for a few rides.
I did find that riding on the wrong side of the road a bit unnerving though.
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Nice vid.
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Thanks for the visit, it reinforces the want to make another trip to England.
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Thanks, I enjoyed it. The GoPro does a good job with wind noise.

Now I have to have a drink and a "bit of a lie-down" after the stress of watching you ride on the left side of the road.
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Nice video! But what the heck are you doing riding on the wrong side of the street?!?

No, wait ...
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Nice video! But what the heck are you doing riding on the wrong side of the street?!?

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It does raise my heart rate riding on the other side of the road. And it lowers my average mph with all the trips in the ambulance to get theplaster casts put on.

The Go-Pro is helmet mounted but I have a chest mount for offroading. The bar mount is apparently a bit fragile so haven't got one yet.

Helmet cams are beginning to be more popular over here due to the odd idiot driver. A helmet cam will take vids of wherever you are looking and the Police-at least locally- are Taking Road Rage videos seriously.
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Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
Nice, I like the road that was covered with the trees. I could use a few of those.
Hi,

It may be picturesque but may not be as much fun as you may think.

With the shade and dappling effect of the overhanging trees you
cannot see the road surface well at all. OK if you know the route
and the general condition of those sections of roads, but its a bit
nerve wracking if the road is poor with potholes and loose gravel.

Especially if you're wearing sunglasses and don't take them off .....

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Thanks Stapfam - a nice reminder for me - a fellow lab rat and me used to go for weekend jaunts in the early '80s out from London to the South Downs, the Cotswolds, the Ayots in Hertfordshire, etc., when BR still ran baggage cars. I do miss those quiet roads. The sound of larks skirling away in the summer sky on a bright day is happily still with me from those golden times.
Makes me want to visit the other side of the pond again - 'tho I don't imagine I'd want to ship my bike over again - my impression is that the skies are less bike friendly, just like the trains.
Again, thanks for posting your vid!
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Just spent 10 days visiting wife's family in Birmingham, S Wales and Devon. Great weather. Love visiting various town centres and castles, abbeys, cathedrals and churches.

Your video reminds me of the good times I just had. Thanks
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I love your video, Stap. I watched it twice. Of course, I would have spent more time around those shops than around that hill! Beautiful scenery, and your voice sounds just as I would imagine it does.

I've noted that you practice what you preach! Several years ago, your advice to me for climbing hills was, "Look at the road directly in from of you, not at the top of the hill." That advice has helped me from becoming intimidated a number of times!
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Nice vid

It occurs to me that you must look back over your right shoulder, while I look back over my left shoulder. I wonder about the orthopedic injury dimensions of those opposites?

Can't you get the queen to outlaw those uphills?

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Looks lush much of the way. That is similar to some areas around here in Indiana. But everything else is quite different.
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PSSSSSSTTT Hey Stap, You're on the wrong damn side of the road. Loved it, you Brits sure do talk funny though.

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Hi,

Very bemused by the bicycle as a hazard warning sign at 2:07, I've never
ever seen one, but then again I don't search out hills to torture myself.

I guess it is to warn drivers against knackered bike riders wandering
all over the road trying to get up a hill they are simply not used to. .

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Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
I love your video, Stap. I watched it twice. Of course, I would have spent more time around those shops than around that hill! Beautiful scenery, and your voice sounds just as I would imagine it does.

I've noted that you practice what you preach! Several years ago, your advice to me for climbing hills was, "Look at the road directly in from of you, not at the top of the hill." That advice has helped me from becoming intimidated a number of times!
You forgot the other thing about hills--When you run out of gears and it is hard-SLOW DOWN. May lower the average a bit but it does save the legs abit- and the lungs. Alfriston is one of the "Pretty" Villages around and plenty of tourists. The shops are also Tourist minded with prices to suit but the village does have a saving grace for me. It is on the route of the South Downs Way- an offroad trail that is 100 miles long and is only 15 miles from the end. Good place to grab the final sticky buns and cold drink before the final 2.000ft of climbing

But a photo taken a bit earlier this year when we went to Alfriston.



Good weather has been a rarity over here for the last couple of years
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Nice Vid, thanks for sharing...
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