Hayling cycle ride

I have heard people say that the period between Christmas and New Year can be a bit of a dead time. The answer, obviously, is to organise a Cody social event then and to start a tradition!
Hence the plan to cycle the old puffing billy railway track on Hayling Island.
The day before I looked out of the window and saw snow, sleet and a howling gale. It did not look good for a cycle.
However, there was a weather window, the first for days, forecast on our chosen ride day. The forecast was right and the day was sunny, bright and a bit nippy. The visibility was exceptional and we had great views of Langstone Harbour and the hills above Portsmouth.
Nine of us cycled to the Ferry Inn pub at the mouth of Langstone Harbour and we were we were joined by half a dozen of the non- cycling shore party for lunch. (Some of us walked most of the way! – Ed)
On the way there we broke the ice on several of the puddles as we rode through them on the excellent off-road cycle track. There was snow or frost on the fields in places and it was beautiful.
It was very nice to meet friends and to chat over lunch. The wind was behind us on the way back and we pottered our way back to the cars. This was a lovely day in a period of poor weather that was worth grabbing and not spending in front of the fire or in post-Christmas shopping. Seize the day!