We enjoyed a long hot day in the saddle. It was 91 miles out to Midhurst via Petersfield and back via Alresford to Moorgreen.
The view from the saddle, however, is always better. We were greeted by hundreds of other cyclists in Petersfield. We saw a polo game and two goals scored on the polo grounds of Cowdray Park, near Midhurst. We saw where the cyclist and novelist HG Wells lived. We saw the memorial window to the cyclist and war poet Edward Thomas at Steep Church. We enjoyed the ups and downs of his cycle route through Hampshire, as retold in his “ In Pursuit of Spring”. The route now includes Tour de France hills and roads, which some of us rode at great speed fuelled by caffeine gels, as well as cake and tea.
Thanks to everyone for a great cycle touring day.