New Year 2005 ~ UK National Tandem Rally
New Year at Fort Purbrook, Portsmouth
We unlatched large wrought iron gates and drove through an arch into the courtyard to find the majority of tandemists coming back from their rides.
Pam and Dave had prepared a special New Yearâs Eve meal for 50 people, consisting of 4 courses including wine. The food was superb. The atmosphere was brilliant; we celebrated with party poppers and tooters!
At 11:45 we all proceeded to the front gates where we had a fantastic view overlooking Portsmouth. Pam and Dave had laid on Bucks Fizz and hot Mince Pies for us to enjoy as we celebrated the arrival of the New Year, whilst watching the fireworks from the town below.
The following morning we enjoyed a full English breakfast, which set us up for the day's ride. There was a choice of a long or short ride. As we had Jake (9) we took the short ride to Fort Nelson.
As the wind was very gusty and Jake was on his solo, we decided to head back to Fort Purbrook and made it back just before the heavens opened.
On Sunday, our last day, we had a leisurely breakfast and then spent some time looking around the grounds of Fort Purbrook, again Jake found underground tunnels which we had fun exploring.
We had a great weekend and our thanks go out to Pam and Dave for all the hard work that made the weekend so enjoyable.
Report and pictures by: Liz, Mark & Jake
Pictures by: Andy Parsons