Glad to hear that fasih made it back safely after the unlucky tyre explosions, apart from that a perfect night's riding in excellent company. Good to catch up with old faces and meet some new. That is a brilliant route, great work from Dan organising and leading - getting us to the Stones 15 mins before sunrise and sorting a clear sky, what more could you want? Once a little light had started to come through, the countryside in the last hour or so's riding was just lovely - a real buzz of anticipation in the air for the last few miles, unlike the normal night ride 'just get me to the finish' feeling.
Great photos Dicki, mine were rubbish. Would definitely like to have a cruise around the area post sunrise next time - but will the weather conditions ever be that spot on again? Was chatting to a couple of the pretty chilled out police team who were looking after things - one had been on duty there for 20 years plus and this was the best sunrise he had seen.
After an amble around the site, rolled back to Swindon with Howard on empty roads in bright sunshine constructing a fantasy breakfast in my head, with maybe a cheeky pint on the side. Hitting Swindon at 6:45 reality struck - no 24 hour cafes, no Brick Lane Beigels, no nothing.... just a train station. Fair enough really for a small town. A fine breakfast in Paddington with the Chris Martin lookalike compensated perfectly, followed by tramp beers and talking bollocks outside a nice pub. We did eventually put some money their way, so didn't feel too bad about taking liberties with their facilities.
Looking forward to Dunwich now...