Thanks to the advice gleaned in East Wittering I was soon heading home without huge lorries, and single decker buses inches behind me.
The Salterns Way isn’t the perfect for road bikes, but the twists and turns and narrow tracks include points of interest to pause and enjoy the countryside.
Here’s “The Bike” outside St.Nicholas Church in West Itchenor, a few miles south west of Chichester Harbour.
I was bowled over by this little place.
The fragrance of the Sweet Peas in the church immediately put one at ease, conjuring up a feeling of deep satisfaction.
At the time a favourite scripture came to mind;
Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:15 NLT
I was delighted that this building was open, a tranquil place where God’s word is preached, and his fragrance can be experienced by weary travellers like me!
There’s one more passage which also comes to mind;
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Matthew 26: 6-13 NIV