A new starting point at the Moor Hawkhurst saw 11 riders eventually turn up,on a dry and promising to be a lovely day.It was generally decided to give a route out to Hastings a go,so with Richard leading,it started off towards Bodiam.Unfortunately Ray was still suffering from an earlier illness and quickly,and sensibly decided to call it a day.The remaining 10 carried on past Bodiam Castle and onto Cripps Corner and the pretty village of Seddlescombe,where a stop was made to see the white geese lording it on the village green,unperturbed by passing traffic,but looking very menacing.On again,and inadvertently reaching the dreaded A21. Sincere thanks to Tony Palmer and Gary,who quickly consulted their OS app on their phones,and found a much quieter country route to Battle.A stop at the Abbey to take a breather,as by then the undulations were taking their toll.Tony continued to be ride leader and carried on through Catsfield toward Bexhill,before descending to Hastings via Warrior Square.At that point Sarah and Lisa went missing,and Rachel said they had gone shopping.Little did us males know that they had popped in to buy swimming cossies!. We rode along the cycle path by the sea front towards the harbour,and found a fish and chip cafe.Sara and Lisa then disappeared. ,and we ordered our meal on the Costa Del Hastings Yeh right ! Tony asked for a de caffeinated Americano ,but that was a bit posh,so he had to do with a Nescafé and cotton wool bread.Sarah and Lisa eventually joined us having been for a swim.Totally mad. Sarah's fingers had gone white,but they said they enjoyed it!.Tony consulted the app to try and find a different way back,and the group wearily knew that it would first be a climb up out of the town.A brief walk with the bikes through the narrow shopping streets,delayed the inevitable.Anyway,it was up on the A259,then onto hilly but pleasant lanes through Westfield and Seddlescombe,before the long straight B2244 back to Hawkhurst A distance of 39 miles ,ascending 3100 ft,with alternating speeds of fast down hill and slow back up.