Posted by: brendaintheboro | October 26, 2014

We are into the dark days of winter.

Where has this year gone. The clocks changed last night and I realised I hadn’t posted in a while so here is a little catch up.
In September, while DS2 was away with Autism Matters, a charity group to give autistic young adults social activities, we took the chance to get away.
We didn’t want to go to far and as the days were getting shorter, we used our car to take our cycles and camping gear to the Camping and Caravanning club site at Mablethorpe. This is a lovely quiet site, on the outskirts of the town but about 10 mins cycle to Li*l supermarket. The area around is flat so makes for easy cycling unless you want to go up into the Lincolnshire Wolds. DS1 and I used this site last year on our August Bank holiday tour.
So DH and I left home on Sunday afternoon after church and had a pleasant drive down in dry but overcast weather. We pitched the tent just as dusk fell so it was an early bed.

Monday dawned bright and dry and so we decided to cycle to Alford, a flat ride on a reasonably quiet road. Alford has a 5 sail windmill which I was keen to visit so here are some photos.

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Its a restored working mill that grinds wheat and sells the flour.

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here is DH looking after the cycles while I climbed the stairs.

Setting off again, we cycled out of the town but followed very minor roads across through Claythorpe and Withern and then down to Trusthorpe where we picnicked in the lovely little community garden that is looked after by volunteers. Then we cycled back to the campsite and enjoyed the time resting in the blazing hot sunshine.

In early September, I sewed an awning to go on either of the tents I’ve made and we still use. It was lovely to have the shade it offered but also the space to sit with table and chairs.

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And in addition , it gave a space to sit before going to sleep

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The temperature had plummeted so DH was glad to don’t his pertex pants and insulated pertex jacket, also home made.
He had forgotten his medication, so DS1 posted it for next day delivery so we knew Tuesday was going  to be an interrupted day , as we would have to await the postman.

Tuesday dawned with gentle rain falling on and off. So not to be put off, we ventured out through Mablethorpe and onto the promenade. A 7 mile cycle track follows the coast all the way to Anderby creek. The visibility was poor as the haar rolled in from the North Sea. The haar is thar very fine moisture that hangs in the air and soaks you. So reaching Anderby Creek, we left the prom and picked up the A52 back through Sutton on Sea and Trusthope and back to the site.
We waited for the postman who didn’t show up and found he had walked on to the site and as the manager wasn’t there had taken it away. So out into the rain again and up north of Mablethorpe this time.
By Wednesday morning, the rain was falling in torrents , so after a drive to Alford for his medication, we decided to make for home. We had only cycled 60 miles in the course of the 2 days but we enjoyed the break.
Since then, we’ve only been riding our river route and I’ve been stitching both clothing and quilts. Hopefully, now we are nearing  the very short, colder days, we will still get out and about.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 25, 2014

August Bank Holiday Cycle and Camp day 4.

The rain came after a sunny day and we heard it drumming on the tent through the night. The dawn zephyr started blowing and  the weather forecasts were all different, from heavy rain to it staying dry but cloudy. The Magnificent Seven became the Fan Four as K had to drive the caravan home and M and L decided to go home as a family.
We talked over the route and decided to go for a slightly longer but less hilly ride which suited me. I’m not brilliant on hills as my regular readers know but I have stamina.
So we headed back through Stillington, and on to Easingwold. From there we headed on to Raskelf,  Brafferton Helped by, Cundall and Asenby before the sharp bank into Topcliffe. Then we headed along the A167 to Northallerton where we stopped for lunch. I was pleased to note we had cycled 32 miles in 3 hours, which on a fully loaded touring cycle is great going for a “mature” woman.
Then it was on for home. I have to say that there was an event in Preston Park and Stockton Council didn’t put up a diversion to say the cycle route through the park was closed. Ggggrrrrrr. After negotiating the holidaying pedestrians complete with pushchairs , dogs etc, there was no way we were going to get access. So we had to go all the way back . Why couldn’t we have been redirected at the entrance. There were events people employed but no diversion sign which would have been a simple matter. Note to self – send in a letter to the council to suggest better diversion signage.
57 miles today. Feeling epic haha! Actually tired now.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 25, 2014

August Bank Holiday Cycle and Camp day 3

After the strenuous efforts of the previous 2 days , most people elected to have an easy . We ,however, wanted to attend church in York and so it was a 20 mile round trip going through Strensall, Earswick and Huntington before picking up the orbital cycle route to Acomb. Most of it is still on road and I wouldn’t like to do it on a busy day but I suppose you would get used to it.
We had a lovely time and met people we haven’t seen in years.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 25, 2014

August Bank Holiday Cycle and Camp day 2

Sheriff Hutton to Sledmere and return. Saturday 23rd August 2014

The Magnificent Seven ride again. We set off on a bright sunny morning , using minor roads towards Malton.  Today there was to be a lot of hills, the first really big one was at Bulmer a 1 in 6 but I don’t know what it is in percentages. Needless to say, I had walk a fair bit of it but did get on and cycle towards the upper end. However, I was able to give a cheery wave to those waiting for the stragglers (me) to arrive.

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I didn’t get photos of the next superb bank but there was a great upsy downsy ride from Welburn to Coneysthorpe past Castle Howard. We then turned along to Malton passing over the A64 which was packed with stationary cars and we led the way to Huttons Ambo.
We know the way to a little chain bridge crossing the river Derwent. K was delighted to find this.

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We then headed over to Langton and saw this very old sign.

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There were apples to scrump too.

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Then it was onwards again through North Grimston and onto Sledmere where there is a lovely cafe in the house grounds.

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M’s husband and daughter met us there and we got in just before the deluge descended. We had seen wet roads and as we approached thought there might be rain about. It had stopped when we left but all the way back , we had shower after shower.
We climbed to Kirby Grindalythe and then had a great run down to Duggleby and North Grimston then through Norton on Derwent. Some people went into L*dl to top up on supplies before we headed through Malton and  back along through to Coneythorpe.
We decided to head along to Terrington which was a slow grind of a climb but they run down to Sheriff Hutton was good except for the sting in the tail just as we entered the village.
54 miles.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 25, 2014

August Bank Holiday Cycle and Camp

The Magnificent Seven ride again. Middlesbrough to Sheriff Hutton

Let’s hope I don’t loose this post, as I did earlier.

Seven of us, who rode on the Easter trip, were able to meet up for  another cycle and ride meeting up on Friday 22nd August.

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Yes I know there are only 6 in the photo but K took the photo. It was 7.15am and there was no one else about to do the honours. It was a cool morning with a northerly wind blowing but it was dry with a bit of sunshine as we headed over to Northallerton where we had our first stop after 22 miles.
Then it was along the A168 to Thirsk, making use of the facilities before heading along the A170 for about a mile before turning off for Bagby and Kilburn before having lunch, picnicking in Coxwold.
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Then it was onward and upward to Newburgh Priory.
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We got a great view of the White Horse above Kilburn
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Then there was a nice run down to Oulston and onto Crayke. Then we took a very minor road down to Stillington and then along towards the camping and caravanning club site about a mile outside of Sheriff Hutton.

We met up with M’s husband who was erecting their tent having driven there with their daughter and then K’s wife arrived a short while later. A really good 53 miles.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 17, 2014

Tandem circa 1987

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Just a photo of us on the tandem with trailer both used when our children were small. We took tools on it for the cutback yesterday.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 16, 2014

Autumn’s on its way

I close my eyes remembering the warmth of yesterday, sang John Denver on a CD today and that’s just how it feels.
We’ve had a lovely summer but the weather in the past week has had a definite autumnal aire with high winds and cooler temperatures. Still can’t grumble, I’m fit and healthy and able to cycle reasonable distances.

Today, we decided to use our Dawes Super Galaxy tandem circa 1987, as it has a hitch for an even older trailer. Destination, Saltburn by the Sea to cut back NCN1 and we wanted to carry our tools up.

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So we were first there near the caravan park but all the others arrived in quick succession and we began cutting back briars, thistles and other vegetation that was encroaching on the path narrrowing it to about half its width. There were 12 of us and we managed to get about 4-500 MTS  in 2 hours.

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The weather was very variable with sunshine one moment and then clouds scudding over the sun on a very strong NW wind. By 12.00pm we had finished our task for the day. Here’s a photo of our motley crew.

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And here is the finished product.

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A big difference , I’m sure you’ll agree.
Some of us then went to a local cafe and enjoyed lunch before departing for home. As we battled into the increasingly strong headwind, I was glad to be stoker on the tandem. 30 miles.
Looking forward to the bank holiday  next weekend . Let’s hope the weather is kinder.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 9, 2014

Windy old weather

We’ve had such lovely weather but with a dying hurricane in the Atlantic  ocean, today was sunny after bad rain overnight and very windy. We weren’t too sure where we would cycle to but I needed to go to the bank in town so we decided to go to the river and take the secateurs with us. We also wanted to check that some fly tipped furniture had been removed.
So at 9.30am we set off.
The first cutting back place was what we refer to as the curly whirly bridge in an industrial area. There were bramble runners encroaching through the railings, so in a short while, the 3 of us had it chopped back.

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See all clear. We really need a brush but didn’t have one but DH made a reasonable job.
Then along to check on the fly tipping. All gone. We found a load of fruit on runners set well back so DH and I set about collecting them. DS1 had brought his tarp and an extension piece he’s been adapting from an old tent I made about 25 years ago. He put it up , well of the path , to check guy placements.  Unfortunately, a chap and his wife  coming along the track were a bit surprised to see anyone there. Lack of concentration made the man skid and come off. We were able to administer first aid as DS1 had his kit with him.

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About 4.5 lbs of brambles were collected before we moved on under Newport Bridge. Unfortunately, we came across some more fly tipping which I will report in.
On along to the barrage and they majority of the cutting back occurred here. Many people commented on what we were doing, favourably. The wind was getting stronger, and as we cut down the dog rose briars, we got a wee bit scratched as the wind whipped it across us. However, we persevered and got it cleared.

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Further on , nearer the Millennium bridge we cut back some more briars before lifting the bikes over the wall to get over the river. Then it was back on the north side of the river and home. Only 15 miles but feeling good.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 7, 2014

Over Gribdale Gate

Today was a great day to get out and ride. Work was arranged to be light and so at about 10.30am DH and I set off up through Margin, old Nunthorpe village, Great Ayton  and along through Little Ayton.
Its after this that the road starts to climb. Its gentle at first but then gets much steeper but there were some beautiful views across the fields to Roseberry Topping.

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The parking at Gribdale Gate was fully utilised , as its the start of a fairly gentle walk up to Captain Cooks Monument. Captain James Cook was from this area, attending school in Great Ayton. We didn’t stay but carried on along the road that leads to Kildale. Not too many cars go that way as its not a good road,  winding up and down between farms.

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You can see that the surface has deteriorated quite badly, making race paced riding not possible. At one point it was very steep and I got off to walk. DH proceeded to ride up it. A couple walking towards me, commented that I was doing it the sensible way.
When we got down in to Kildale , we saw the cafe that many cyclists use. It is closed on a Thursday so it was lucky we had brought lunch with us . We sat on the small green on its Millennium seat to eat.
Then it was back down the road to Easby and along the way to Stokesley , stopping briefly to discuss our return journey. We carried on along to Hutton Rudby turning for Hilton and down through Ingleby Barwick.
We then carried on along through Stockton on Tees and along our usual river route to home. 39 miles

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 4, 2014

Almost a week of sunshine

The weather has been good for most of the week and time and inclination allowed me to get in 127 miles of cycling over the course of the week.
I was able to ride over to Darlington and purchase fabric and sew up not 1 but 2 dresses.
We also had the opportunity to go out on a ride helping to collect in diffusion tubes which monitor pollution. Here are some photos of that ride.

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They are mostly sited high up to avoid vandalism so A was carrying along handled grabber to get them down.

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We had 7 sites to visit and then rode over to Guisborough to hand them in at the collection point.

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From there A led us to a secluded park for lunch. Its in the heart of the town but we didn’t know it was there. It always amazes me when these delightful little places are found in places you believe you know.
In the evening , I gave a talk to new Sustrans volunteers about cycling the North Sea cycling route in 2006.
We were out doing shorter rides and as the week progressed the weather started to get less hot until Saturday. Despite some rain, we went out along the river and collected 3lbs of brambles (blackberries).

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Look at this bee on a teasle flower.

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It wasn’t fazed by me and just worked away. Good to see it.
A lovely week.

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