By the time we got together, it had been raining for about an hour, soaking everything as expected, but as it was forecast to dry up, we stuck with it.
Following Al to Loomies in Hampshire, on the junction of the A272 and the A32, it was clear to me, just how good a rider Al is. Even in the rain, he was quick and smooth and appeared totally in control. It was great to watch.
So we get to Loomies, grab some food and just chat about everything from jobs to garages for about an hour and from there he took me over to Snells Performance in Alton, but as the roads were now dry, the blast up the A32 was a great blast. Snells is a great looking place and I've only ever heard good things about them. For me, it sucks as they are still the best part of a 45min fast ride away. Great as a destination, rubbish if I need a service.
Its such a lovely little place with a lovely harbour, which just gets far too busy in the summer. Victim of its own success I guess. They're building some additional flats by the looks of things down by the harbour and railway line, which are already an eyesore.
After a horrible ride back through Christchurch I got home utterly shattered. The last time I felt like that was after my first day of riding across France. I'm not sure if was the distance, the cold I've still bloody got, or a combination of both, but it still felt great to be out exploring.