Hey Billy and Gordon! Great to know there is a bivi scene in Sussex. Really keen to meet up for a bivi or a ride. I usually ride every Sunday morning around 830am from Ditchling with a mixed crew for a leisurely 15-20 miles up and over the downs (easy going, very mixed fitness levels). Please join. As for the Bivi, I am now officially doing BAM, having just completed 1/12 on the 31st January (close call).. I ended up having to commute to work fully loaded, then planned to go for a solo bivi near work, just to see what I could get away with in a woods near Haywards Heath.
In the end my 11yr old son saw me packing and wanted to come - which was a pleasant surprise. So I ended up doing a bivi right near home (Ditchling Beacon) and wife dropped the boy and bike at the top of the hill around 7pm.
"Not the warmest night dad" .... I felt guilty as he was in a 3 season bag in wet clothes and I had the full winter kit, but he slept through and didn't complain.. thankfully, as I was only just warm enough. I also tried out a DD tarp in a pyramid shape, which worked but would not have survived a downpour. Hammock is the only way to go when solo as far as I am concerned.
So, February Bivi a Month plan, for me, is currently either Saturday 10th or Sunday 11th, let me know if either work for you.. I'm doing the Wiggle Southern Rough Ride near Arundel on Sunday 11th and hope to combine a night or two on the downs. Would be good to have some company. IMG_2002
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