we found the downs link - an old rail line that has been turned into a walking/biking trail
the adur river
where might the path lead us?
special treats we found along the way
wild blackberries are the sweetest
Dillon exclaiming how awesome this bike ride was
possibly black elderberry????
this guy came to say hello
the golden glow in the afternoon sun
more wooly friends
the fishing boats right before home
we stopped on the way home and picked blackberries
nothing beats a fresh blackberry crisp - as Michael said "this is the best dessert ever"
a perfect end to a perfect day
after checking out the adur recreation center we realized we were close to the downs link. we hopped on it and found a map posted. michael suggested we try to go to henfield and stop at the old railway pub for a drink. we could not really tell from the map how far it would be but thought it would be worth a shot. we meandered through the english country side - pausing to say hello to animals, enjoy the view and spotted some blackberries. after we made our way through the town of bramber the trail began to get a little harder (the boys did not have gears on their bikes) with some hills. we stopped and asked a kind lady at her farm if we were indeed still on the downs link and how far it might be to henfield - well it was about 3 more miles but this big hill would be the last. As she said with a smile you will get there eventually - haha - not what ro wanted to hear. we pushed on and soon arrived in henfield - the boys inhaled huge adult size burgers and plates of chips. we were re-charged for the ride home. we paused by the river and picked a bag full of blackberries and continued on our way to the ocean and eventually home - arriving as the sun was setting. We could not have planned a more perfect fall day. The setting was idyllic (many times I looked around and said wow - this is just amazing) and the sense of exploring somewhere unknown to us added some excitement. I still can hear the kids saying"wow - this is cool" and "this is really fun". We finished the day off enjoying the crisp made from the handpicked berries and cuddled up on the couch with achy bodies. We are guessing it was 20 plus miles but much like a fish tale the number keeps growing. What I do know is I am super proud of the boys for pushing on and enjoying the day, taking it all in and appreciating what we have all around us. Thank you to my family for a wonderful, wonderful day.