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Motorcycling to Worthing in the UK
So it has taken me some time to get on and write this hub, better late than never I say!
Believe it or not I do have a day job and I do believe that when it is dry I should be outside not in! Hence this hub taking so long.
So, finally I am getting down to writing about the wonderful alternative day we had with the Triumph Solent group on the 3rd May when Mike decided to take us to Worthing.
Please remember that the photographs are taken by me as pillion on the back of the bike and some of them may be a little blurry, I am I think getting better....
The weather on that Sunday if I recall was pretty grim first thing, raining as usual and not very warm. So our journey began later than normal, away we went heading towards Worthing after a short brief from Mike our leader.
Very very cold
It is so cold, for this time of the year, with the clouds upon us and looking like it is going to pour, I finally think we have all gone mad attempting to get to Worthing without it raining!
Looking up at the clouds, my first selfie on the back of the bike!
I never thought in a million years that that photo of me would come out! I was looking up at the clouds originally and thought how cool would it be if I could take a photo of me looking up whilst riding along on the back of our bike!
I'm really impressed with the outcome!
On our way to Worthing!
So many colors in the British countryside!
I love the countryside, the colors are amazing as we ride along, so relaxing and breathtaking to the eye!
Linseed fields look beautiful even though the sun isn't shining
You can smell the Linseed as we ride this open rode, they look stunning and smell beautiful, shame the sky was so dull, the picture would have looked completely different if the sun had been shining!
Looks like there wasn't many of us but there were some behind us as well
I think there was around eight bikes on this trip remembering that the original trip had been cancelled that is not a bad turn out last minute.
A bit about Worthing Town Centre
INFORMATION ABOUT WORTHING
The 2011 Census showed that Worthing had a population of 104,600 which had grown 7.1% in 10 years. While the perception is that Worthing has an ageing population the trend in recent years has been towards young families settling in the Town.
Worthing boasts over 400 retail stores in the Centre of the town with many recognised brand names along with a very strong independent retail offer. There are over 130 places to eat and drink in the Town Centre boundaries offering a varied mix of dining experiences.
During the recession many stores were left empty but in the last year there have been improvements in Worthing with a reduction in the number of vacant units. In 2012 Worthing had a vacancy rate of 12% and now this is running at between 5-6% way below the national average.
All arrived safely...
So we are here! Safe and sound, cold and ready for a cuppa, hopefully we will find somewhere nice to have lunch!
This is the Royal Arcade in Worthing
Situated amid some of the finest countryside the south of England has to offer, the coastal town of Worthing has all the ingredients for that traditional seaside experience - sun (sometimes!), sea, sand, fish and chips, even beach-huts.
Being, as it is, on the coast, there is a wide range of water-sports to choose from - anything from sailing to kite-surfing - or you could simply lie on the beach and watch the world go by, not today though the weather is extremely cold and quite dull.
Worthing also has a plethora of open spaces and wooded areas to relax in, the sheer horticultural variety of Highdown or Denton ornamental gardens are a particular draw for visitors, as is the popular local golf course.
Full of interesting artifacts and centrally located, the Worthing Museum and Gallery is well worth a visit - it plots the town's history via Saxons and Romans back to its Stone Age fishing village roots, as well as highlighting the best of local art.
Worthing's three main theatres - The Connaught, The Pavilion and The Assembly Hall - alongside smaller local venues, offer a wide range of music, drama and cinema all year round; there really is something for all the family to enjoy, from fairy-tales to gritty realism.
Just north of the town is one of the region's most spectacular sights: the remains of the largest Iron-Age hill-fort in Britain, the Cissbury Ring, which offers views over Worthing to the sea and is home to a myriad of rare flora and fauna.
Worthing is easily accessible by road and rail from London and surrounding towns, and both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are a stone's throw away, as are many of the south coast's ferry ports.
About the Nero Cafe
Caffè Nero is a European coffee house brand specialising in the creation of high quality Italian coffee. Their philosophy is really very simple: Premium Italian coffee. A warm and welcoming atmosphere. Good food and great personal service.
The core of their brand is in their coffee. They place great emphasis and spend large amounts of time and energy finding and buying the highest quality beans, and then having their craftsmen at their Roastery roast and blend their special, classic, award-winning, Caffè Nero blend.
Had a lovely lunch at Nero Cafe
Bikers allowed! Yes, we had a nice bite to eat at this cafe, the staff were friendly and welcomed us bikers.
Rider on Worthing Seafront and the delights that he saw
Take a look at the video to see the delights of Worthing Seafront
Signs a bit deceiving isn't it!
Forgive me if I'm wrong, doesn't that sign mean No Entry? Strange that they don't want anyone to go into the shop I'm thinking to myself!
Time for a leg stretch!
Love it when they actually stop riding for a few minutes to stretch their legs! As a pillion you don' t really get a lot of say in the matter.
Doesn't matter that your bottom has got pins and needles in it and your feet and nose have gone numb, the rider's make the decision as to when they will stop for a leg stretch.
It surprises me that they don't have the same symptoms as the pillion passenger and can ride for miles more that we can before they set in!
The roads were very clear today
I think everyone stayed indoors today due to the bad weather, the roads were amazingly clear and a joy to ride on our motorbikes.
Good ride, great company, until next time.
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