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Lost in Kent
The Brickwall Hotel on the green at Sedlescombe hosted 18 of us and we enjoyed beautiful riding conditions on the Saturday and Sunday. Monday was very wet indeed but we still went out and rode about 56 miles.
The Saturday run went across to Rye, Camber and the Romney Marsh. We stopped for coffee at the Lathebarn tearooms and then continued to Hythe and up to Hastingleigh, where we took our lunch at the Devil's Kneading Bowl cafe. The afternoon run returned to Sedlescombe via Chart, Smarden and Biddenden. Having wrecked my engine in the morning I took the opportunity to take my bike home and swap it for another.
On Sunday we went to Brenchley for coffee and on to the Bentley Wildfowl Trust, near Ringmer in Sussex. Unfortunately it was not possible to access the cafe without paying a hefty entrance fee, so we carried on and found the nearest pub for our lunch stop. The afternoon run took us back via Wartling and Battle, where we crossed the 1066 battle field.
On Monday the heavens opened and a lot of riders questioned whether they really wanted to go out. We saddled up, however, and rode to Headcorn, where we were welcomed - dripping though we were - at the tearooms in the High Street. We spent quite a long time in there as the prospect of going back out in the rain was not particularly enticing. We returned to Sedlescombe by a reasonably direct route but were thoroughly soaked by the time we got there.
The Brickwall hotel staff looked after us very well and we were certainly well fed. I thank all the participants for supporting the tour and for their good humour. We had 5 first-timers, each of whom fitted in brilliantly.
Bryan Partridge - Yamaha T-Max super scooter