Saturday club run
Mike Anton writes…
Answering Mr Woodward’s call for a ride leader, I stepped in to lead the Social Ride to Redhill Aerodrome.
With the challenge of trying to keep off the busier roads in my mind, I thought I’d head in via the Worth Way from Crawley Down to see if we could use it for part of the ride.
The route was fine and dry on a cross bike but when Derek arrived on his road bike, I thought we’d need to stick to the roads. Fortunately he was game to try, so with social ride regulars Natasha and Mike on their hybrids, we took a steady and puncture free ride down the Worth Way to Crawley Down.
Using as many of the back lanes as possible we then headed out via Smallfield to Redhill Aerodrome. Richard had suggested trying the Pilot’s Hub cafe there so after a bit of confusion locating it, we found ourselves sitting in the sun overlooking the airfield.
And when I say overlooking the field, I do mean literally, as the outside deck was right next to one of the taxi ways. This was a little surreal when a light plane taxied past no more than 10 feet away and this strangeness was further compounded on a trip to the loo which entailed a walk through one of the hangers past a selection of planes and aviation memorabilia.
Certainly one of the more unusual cafe stops and one that everyone enjoyed. Good call Mr W!
Setting off back round the eastern edge of the aerodrome we then headed back via the 10 course and a steady run back down the A22.
Thanks to Natasha, Mike and Derek and until next time.