Posted by: brendaintheboro | October 16, 2016

It’s been a good week.


Well, I have managed to cycle nearly every day and in the early mornings the rain has held off – it hasn’t come until later in the morning when I am back home.

I continue to resemble a Christmas tree and have 9 lights about the bicycle and upon my person. I want to be seen so that no one can say they didn’t see me. As an example , I was crossing a light controlled crossing and there was chap coming towards me. He had a flashing helmet light on and was clearly visible. What I didn’t see  until the last minute was a man in front of him, dressed in black with no lights and without any helmet. This is only my opinion, but that is an accident waiting to happen and he has no thought for hs family, friends and the driver who may one day hit him.

Anyway, riding along the river in daylight, I have noticed these purple, daisy like flowers and they are in quite an abundance. I have no idea what they are called but they are an autumn flower.

So Monday to Friday riding I amassed 45 miles  so we were all set to go out riding Saturday morning and then it started raining. Bummer. I don’t mind riding in the rain , if it starts when I am already out but if I have to leave a nice, warm house , I can be put off. Luckily, by 11.00am , it dried up and we were off by 11.30am. We decided to ride over to Cozy Coffee and see the delightful owner Rosie.

So it was down to the river  where we saw a canoe slalom event taking place. it went on all day and I took a photo of the automatic ramp that takes kayakers still in their boats back up to the top of the course. Dodging competitors and crowds we rode  along through Stockton on Tees and up across the market place, avoiding  shoppers who had come out because the rain had abated. We rode on route 14 up to the crossing near Norton road and through Carlton and Redmire to Bishopton. I was really pleased with myself and was riding well. Then comes the steeper hill out of the village and I admit that DH did give me a bit of help , but I didn’t refuse his hand on my back.  Once in Great Stainton , we turned right and then left  signed Newton Aycliffe and rode along before turning off towards the village of Brafferton.

Rosie was delighted to see us , as we were her only cyclists on Saturday but the week before , people had to sit outside. We were snug inside her shepherds hut and had scrambled eggs on toast and hot chocolate. Then we rode down Harrowgate Hill to the outskirts of Darlington. We turned left and rode down into Great Burdon  and got onto a cycle track that runs along to the A66. Here we went down under a tunnel to cross to the other side and then rode along to our usual way home, through the villages of Middleton St George, Long Newton  and Elton where we had a brief stop. By now it was nearing 4.00pm so we made the decision to shorten the ride home as it was evident that the sun was dropping .  I thought that if it was summer and we were cycle camping , I would be getting ready to pitch a tent. How I enjoy cycle camping and touring.

So that was 37 completed on Saturday and a total for the week of 84 miles.

I have worked out the year to date total and it is 3642 miles so I am edging closer to my target.  Sorry I haven’t been able to post any photos. I don’t know why but I cannot get any photos to come through.




Posted by: brendaintheboro | October 9, 2016

Back on my Koga

Well, this week I decided to try riding my Koga again. Because of the knee injury, riding the much lighter Dahon seemed a sensible option and that’s what I have used since I started riding again. I enjoyed last week and was pleased with the mileage but do like the larger wheels, so I started off on Monday and cycled just over 6 miles. Not a great distance but it didn’t cause any aggravation of the knee but I have noticed a little swelling , but no pain.

The mornings are seeing a lot of fog and mist either rolling up from the river or arising from the ground. In fact sometimes it looks quite eerie in the half light of these dark mornings.


It is also noticeable how the trees are turning russet and gold and the paths are showing signs of falling leaves more and more. We really are in the season of “mist and mellow fruitfulness.”

I was able to get out every day this week and amassed about 36 miles in total. Not huge but a start and all on the heavier Koga.

We decided to try a longer ride and were making plans to ride over to Cosy Coffee near Brafferton, to support this small business. However, we checked the weather forecast and our usual winds coming from the west reversed. There is a high over Scandinavia and the wind was forecast to come from the North East. Well that warranted a change of plan.

So Saturday saw us leave to ride up across to Norton and then up the hill at Beaconsfield Road. I was a bit uneasy as at the best of times , I have to drop my gears fairly low. However, with encouragement ie. DH’s hand on my back occasionally, I made it up , no problem. That made me feel better and I even managed the swoop down and up and across the road to the Castle Eden Walkway. The sky had was grey and overcast as we set off and there had been rain overnight but the track was mud free so it didn’t appear that it had done so further north. It got so warm I had to take off a layer and the sun shone dappling the path ahead. We met a chap riding a black Moulton. I haven’t seen on in the “flesh” so to speak and he chatted for a while but surprisingly we were a bit fast for him. He had just missed out bidding for a Koga Randonneur on E-bay much to his disappointment. We  continued up to Hurworth burn but lost sight of him. He had left his wife waiting in the car while he had a ride. It was a delight to see the cows near the water.



Once we had come through Station  Town and onto the fields , I could see the trees beginning to put on their autumn coats so stopped to take a photo.


Once down at the bottom, in these trees we turned onto route 14 Hart to Haswell and started to descend towards Hartlepool. It was so delightful  to be riding along without pain and I said to DH that I almost felt like I was away on a tour.

Once in Hartlepool, the clouds stated scudding in but fortunately we had made a correct decision and had the wind on our backs.


We cycled along the promenade to Seaton Carew  and you can see it had turned into a grey sort of day. Sheltering in the 1930’s bus station, we drank hot home made soup we had brought in a flask and ate bananas. I had brought the latter wrapped in bubble wrap in my handlebar bag as they don’t travel too well but they were perfect.

With a tail wind we soon reached Saltholme. I hoped to stop to take photos of some seals just before there but the traffic was too busy , so sorry I didn’t get any. There were at least a dozen seals on the creeks edge as it was low tide.

There were road works and so we had to wait to get through but this made me see this sign I haven’t seen before.



Sometimes we just don’t always see what is around us. I just love the quirkiness of their signs. It makes you read, laugh and take notice. The bird reserve was full of flies. Great for insect eating birds but an irritation to us. I had to put spectacles on to keep them out of my eyes. Still, we all need to live and let live.

So we journeyed on home completing 39.8 miles ,making my total for the week 76.7 miles so I am very pleased with that. Hopefully next week will be as good.





Posted by: brendaintheboro | October 1, 2016

A Few Days Away

We are very lucky to have support from a great group called Autism Matters who take a group of young people with various autism spectrum disorders out and on holidays. DS2 is very fortunate to be part of this group and he went away last Saturday for a week. So that gave DS1 and DH and myself the opportunity to get away.

As we are into Autumn and the days are much shorter I was a bit reluctant to go off cycle camping and came up with a solution.  We have belonged to the Camping and Caravanning club for more than 25 years and for the first time, the club  have introduced Ready Camp glamping tents. More on that later.

We set off on Monday morning  and I had arranged to go and visit Ilona aka Mean Queen. She writes the blog  “Life after Money” a really good thrifty blog. A few years ago , we hosted her as she walked from the River Tyne back to her home on the other side of the Humber estuary. Ilona makes the most stunning art works from rubbish the rest of us throw away. I had a bag of fabric to pass on and as I know she makes lovely bags to sell for an animal charity she supports ,I thought she could make use of some of it and pass on what wasn’t suitable.

She also won her category in this seasons Shed of the Year and it was great to see it in person although she has had to move her art work into the house now that the cooler weather is coming. We also got a look at her garden.





Just as we left Ilona’s the rain started falling and continued all the way down to Sandringham in North Norfolk. I was so pleased that I had booked a ready erected tent and didn’t have to start pitching in the rain.

I was so pleased to see the size of this tent.

What a beautiful, roomy interior.  Two bedrooms, sleeping up to 6 and great cooking facilities with full equipment. All we had to take was our sleeping bags and washing up stuff. Mind you I did take a slow cooker and that was a great addition.

Tuesday dawned bright and warm for the time of the year and so we decided to have a ride Hunstanton on the coast. I have been trying to post a link to the map but it wont do it today. Basically, we rode NCN route 1 which conveniently passes the campsite entrance, up passed Sandringham House and on through Sedgeford to Ringstead. Here we turned left towards Old Hunstanton and visited the stripped cliffs there.

These cliffs are different sedimentary layers and apparently the colours are different because of the water levels in the shallow seas where the sea creatures lived and died. It almost looked as thought the cliffs were built on a red brick wall. The colours vary from red to orange and are not the result of oxidizing iron.


We then rode on to Hunstanton town, a typical sea side town and we stopped and had a lovely ice cream at a proper ice cream parlour. Unfortunately, the heritage centre was closed  and is only open at weekends. Such a shame as I would have liked to have had a poke about. I spoke to a young man and asked about a cycle route. He told us to cycle along the promenade as that’s the way he would cycle. So we did even though it said no cycling.  Mind you, there weren’t too many people about but I can imagine during the summer holidays it would be heaving with families. We rode along to Heasham which was as far as we could go , as the prom had a large locked gate across it.

After riding through the village , we came to the main road A149 which was very busy with lorries, cars and agricultural vehicles.There was a footpath so we got onto it and then rode along to Snettisham and were able then to take a quieter road Inglesthorpe and then back via Dersingham to the campsite. A ride of just over 25 miles.

Tuesday night was very windy and I was glad to be in a very secure tent but fortunately by morning, it had died down a bit. So after breakfast , we headed off again. We thought we would try cycling part of the Pedders Way, a 93miles walking and cycling route in Norfolk.  We rode up in glorious warm sunshine through Dersingham and then DS1 suggested taking a minor lane up to the Padders way. WRONG. DS1 and I ended up walking as it really was only suitable for mountain bikes. However , DH is much stronger and he managed it.


We met a young woman who was backpacking the Pedders Way and she told us the bridle way was just a short distance ahead. Well it wasn’t all that good and in some places was very muddy, so we got off it at the first opportunity  and rode on minor roads to Harpley where we sat and had 2nd breakfast.  We passed a house that had lots of apples on a table, free for the taking , so we picked up half a dozen for later.  Riding into Great Massingham, we had a look around as we remembered riding through this  place when we  rode the North Sea Cycle Route in 2006. Continuing on into Castle Acre , we stopped at the local shop and had ice cream. Yes , a bit indulgent but hey, its a holiday.

It is often said that Norfolk is flat but let me assure you it is not. While not like Yorkshire, there are plenty of rolling hills and there were all day.  We returned via West Acre. Here we saw a strange building. At first I thought it may have   been an old public WC but it wasn’t. It was something I have never seen before.  Any guesses?

A wheelwrights oven complete with a metal tyre rim inside. Isn’t it fascinating what lurks about in small villages.

Because of heavy traffic we turned off to Gayton Thorpe. Luckily for us,  this meant passing an area that had plenty of brambles growing with huge berries. We picked a small tub full before heading back through Grimston and crossing the A148 and on to West Newton  and passed the gates to Sandringham House , one of the Queen’s residences.  I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the gates as they remind me a quilting patterns.


Back to the site we had completed 35 miles.

I cooked the apples and brambles in the microwave and we had half of them with custard after dinner. Our neighbours could smell out meal cooking in the slow cooker and said they didn’t even think of bringing one. K and J were a lovely couple who are new to camping and we were able to pass on many tips. K has asked that I write a post as we dropped so many hints and tips into conversation so I will attempt to do that in the next few weeks.

On Thursday morning, we went down into Kings Lynn in the car as it was raining heavily but fortunately stopped by the time we had got back with the shopping. So DH and I went for a short ride.

Hope this works. It was only 6 miles but took us in a loop  back to Sandringham. We stopped for yet another ice cream and met a cycling couple with the West Norfolk CTC. We had a lovely chat with them before going back to the site. I spent some time knitting and had a lovely restful afternoon.

A thoroughly enjoyable trip away with family




Posted by: brendaintheboro | September 25, 2016

Autumn Equinox

Well, autumn is officially here and I haven’t done much cycling this week. I have only managed 16 miles but not because of my knee problem. That is still slowly getting better but because now we are having the dark mornings I don’t feel so motivated to ride in the dark. However , yesterday I added up just how many I have achieved so far this year and its 3415 miles and that doesn’t take into account the miles I have missed when the cycle computer stopped working. So I have about 600 miles to reach my goal of 4000 miles, still to go.

We will be down staying in Sandringham for a few days next week and hope to get some cycling in there. The weather forecast isn’t too promising with quite a lot of high winds predicted. Still. I hope its wrong.

I have managed to finish a pair of socks though as well as I had a very busy week working so I am not beating myself up.20160920_184404678_ios The eagle eyed among you will recognise that they are not exactly the same  but that is because I ran out of wool as this pair is just made from leftovers. Nonetheless they have been snapped up by DS1 as both he and DH love these hand knitted socks.

Well sorry its a short post but back during the week I hope

Posted by: brendaintheboro | September 18, 2016

Nice September Weather

If you read last week’s post you will remember there were lost of different  cycles at the Town Meal event. I have some more photos to share.

We have had nice weather for the most part this week and so I have been cycling every day. Still keeping the distances low , but my knee is really improving – most days. I am also getting more fond of riding on Speedy and ” it ” has morphed into a “she” when I speak of her. How does that happen?

Yesterday, I was able to accomplish a longer ride and we kept it as flat as possible so I didn’t have to stress the knee riding uphill. So it was off along the Trunk Road to Redcar. It was interesting as there was a bit of a northerly wind and I didn’t expect to see sand yachts out. One had a conventional sail.


One had a kite.


I was really surprised that the kite was able to go much faster than the sail. Maybe it was a bit windier with a bit of altitude.

We rode along into Marske and then back via Kirkleatham. The Festival of Thrift has moved venue from last year in Darlington and we intended visiting but by the time we got there, the cycle path was blocked with stalls and children and people were everywhere, including on the road into the village. This is a dangerous situation as cars come along around a blind bend. Not a well thought out plan. We did venture into Kirkleatham hall site but it was so crowded and with my smell induced spasmodic dysphonia, it was too much to stay.  Shame .

Still I managed to ride 25.5 miles on Saturday.

I came home and finished off the 30″x 30″   quilt I have been working on for a few weeks. I am particularly pleased with the binding as it is a piped binding with the addition of some machine embroidery. I picked up that idea from and then Ricky Timms put his take on it on his FaceBook page.


and a close up of the binding.


Not perfect but considering its just been a play piece I am pleased to have achieved this. I am still knitting socks as well.

Anyway a good week with 63 miles accomplished so its getting better.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | September 11, 2016

More Sewing and Cycling

Well, I have to tell you my knee is still “niggling”  – not bad enough to stop me doing stuff but limiting just how much I do. I have had a short solo  ride nearly every day  and a longer 17 miles ride on Saturday . The town was having its annual Town meal and was getting set up as we rode past near the Town Hall and Mima. It wasn’t  due to start until noon and we came back that way and stopped to speak to a few people we knew and some who were new. One group even came up from York with a variety bikes/ trikes for people to try.

If you look closely at the photo on the right , near the left side you can see a bakfiets   which is a Dutch child carrying bike.  It has the large wooden box on the front. Someone else called it a great shopping bike. There was also a few tandems and a tandem trike. DS2 said he had tried it with his friend but couldn’t manage. I wonder if it was because they  were riding on grass?

The Bikehub from our town had also set up a cycle course with small sized recumbent bikes and the early children were having a great time. Unfortunately, I messed that photo up so can’t show it.

So in total this week I managed 47 miles. Not great but the knee feels better cycling than walking but I don’t want to push myself too hard and end up with a chronic injury.

On the sewing  scene, I was thrilled to be informed I have on a prize from The Quilt Show I subscribe to, on the internet. I entered a few competitions and struck lucky.

If you read last week , you know I went to the Great Northern Quilt show in Harrogate.  While there I spoke to Bruce Parr of Parrs Reel Rulers as I bought one of their sets 2 years ago and had never got on with it. After investigating, I realised it is because the  needle does not centre  in the middle of the foot. Side to side isn’t a problem because I can adjust the foot that way but not front to back. Bruce said to  get in touch when they got back from the show which I did on Wednesday. I sent him some photos to show the problem and by Friday they had sent me a replacement foot which I am pleased to say centres nicely . I am hoping to get to “play” with the set very soon.

In the meantime , I have been working on the quilt I was piecing last week. Its not finished yet but I have used a combination of ruler work and free machine quilting.


Ruler work and free machine quilting combined

The borders are still to finish but I hope to get it done in the next week.  Happy cycling and sewing friends.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | September 4, 2016

A Bit of Cycling, a Bit of Sewing

Well, my leg is still improving but still not 100% so I have been tandem riding for longer journeys and on Speedy, my Dahon for the short ones. Last weekend , was a holiday here in the UK but we didn’t get away on a camping trip .

Monday was beautiful day and a BBQ was planned at church but not due to begin until 11.00am which is a late start for us. We are not people who lie in bed, but we are up and about early. So it was decided we would have a longish ride to the chapel.

The above link should hopefully get you to the map. We left from home and rode up through Marton, the birthplace of Capt James Cook who sailed to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. We also rode through Great Ayton where he went to school before he was apprenticed .

From Great Ayton we rode along and through Guisborough and then up through Dinsdale before descending Yearby Bank and getting on to NCN1. We turned along through Eston and Normanby before reaching the chapel. This is me trying to do a selfie and also take a photo of DS1. Not too successful but I will use it anyway.

When we got to the BBQ , things were well underway with the fires lit and cooking just beginning. One of the other sisters has  trike and she had brought it long. I have to say that a lot of the older children and some of the adults enjoyed having a ride around the cark park. One couple also asked to try the tandem and enjoyed it.


Although, the BBQ was only supposed to be a couple of hours, as it was so unusually warm and sunny, we enjoyed each others company all afternoon.

From then on the weather hasn’t been too good but I have managed some solo cycling but only 6-7 miles at a time. Consequently, I have been sewing more. I bought a pattern from a Romanian quilter  Geta Grama and have enjoyed piecing this small quilt. I have no idea what it will make as yet but will quilt it before deciding.


I also went to the Great Northern Quilt show at Harrogate yesterday,   and had a lovely time. I was driven there by DS1 going via Tadcaster as we took his bike in to have the brakes adjusted. Cyclesense are such a thoroughly decent family firm. I have no affiliation with them but speak as I find. DS1 was hoping to ride on the cycleway near to the Great Yorkshire showground but by the time he had got his bike, the rain was pouring down so he waited somewhat patiently for me.

I was inside the new hall. I have to say the facilities are excellent with more space and great toilets but you cannot get a phone signal in there. Just as well as I ddnt receive DS1’s text messages asking if I was ready to leave. I fitted in 3 workshops. Well I had to rest my leg didn’t I?

There was a wonderful tutor called Kate Andre who lives in Tewksbury at the other end of the county. I learned about Thermofax printing using fabric paint and thickened dyes, Gelli plate printing with fabric paints or acrylics and also how to make up and thicken dyes and the various ways to use them. Here are a couple of bits that are worth showing.


I did manage to buy some  needed supplies and also to see the quilts. There were some really nice ones but I was a little disappointed to see that a lot of the winners were 2 person quilts in that they had been pieced and then sent out to be long arm quilted. However, that is what is happening now. I have realised I really love the quilting part.

If you have read this far, well done and thank you.

I couldn’t resist buying this ribbon but cyclists spot the mistake.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 28, 2016

Cycling again- sort of.

Well, its 2 weeks since I last posted and my leg/knee has improved but still isnt 100%. Strange but I forgot that I had hurt it cycling to the Cycle Touring Festival at Clitheroe in late May. It was only when a Facebook friend asked about a route that I remembered walking down a 25% hill to stop the trailer jack-knifing that it popped into my head.

Anyway, I have been icing it regularly and applying a non-steroidal gel and it is definitely not as painful as it was . Still , that has given me time to quilt and I got the baby quilt finished.

If you look closely  , you can see the quilting and I used a combination of ruler work and free machine quilting. As I didn’t have quite enough of the red fabric I inserted a plain red piece and then appliqued a circle of an owl to blend it in. You can see it on the extreme left of the whole quilt picture.

I did try a bit of cycling last weekend. DH took me on our old tandem for a short ride and then I decided to try on Speedy, my Dahon Speed TR. Mistake!! I spent a lot of Sunday with an ice pack on my knee. DH wasn’t too happy about how the tandem was going as we haven’t used it for a long time.

In the mean time , I thought about DS1 who has a birthday this weekend. He hasn’t cycled much as his bike had a frame repair, and he didn’t think it was going to last.

I made a decision to try to help him.  Although  he is at least 6″ taller than me , his inside leg measurement is 2″ shorter than mine. I phoned Dave at Cyclesense in Tadcaster and discussed what size frame would be suitable. In fact he had been to the Koga factory in the Netherlands and had brought back a model made for the German market. So I sent DS1 down to have a test ride and the upshot was , he came back with it. Dave has been very helpful so a big thank you to Cyclesense. The model is an F3 but DS1 took some of the components off his old frame and this is how it looks.

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DH then decided to use the gear shifters and replace the twist grip shifters and put them on the tandem. So off we went for another short ride.

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We were hoping to get away for the long weekend but it wasn’t going to be a possibility but on the whole I am quite pleased as there has been quite a lot of rain on some of the days. However, yesterday was beautiful so we had a ride to Redcar and Marske. An advantage of riding as stoker, is that I can take photos while riding. Here are a few of them.

The sea was very calm and it was beautiful riding along the promenade towards Saltburn. I did need to stop and rest a little .

It wasn’t really my knee that bothered me but an unfamiliar saddle!!



We could see cloud beginning to build and the forecast was for rain later in the day. We headed back along NCN route 1 and DH asked if I would mind calling in to the LDS chapel we attend. He did what he needed to do but as we were leaving discovered a front wheel puncture. Fortunately we had a spare tube and a repair kit so while he did the change over , I applied a patch to the old tube. Teamwork.

So then it was off home via an old friends to fill his bird feeders and @ldi to buy fruit and we arrived home just before it began to rain. We don’t have a working cycle computer but estimate with the short runs I have completed about 50 miles in the 2 weeks. Hopefully, I will be cycling on my own soon.



Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 14, 2016

Set back

Cycling took a bit of a back seat this week. First we had some unseasonably high winds, and when I did go out only managed about 25 miles in total for the week. Unfortunately, the problem wasn’t so much the winds , as a painful right leg. Fortunately though both DH and myself have had a lot of training in massage and manipulation , so have been able to realise it is a muscular problem in both the Sartorius and gastrocnemius muscles. I really think  i strained it while on my Northumbrian tour, but being the obstinate person I am, I just pushed myself. Then cycling in some of the winds , the muscles had had enough and started screaming at me. 

So on Thursday, I couldn’t cycle and decided to sew. Well that involved standing to cut out triangles and to be honest , my cutting table isnt the  correct height , so further strain. The upshot of this was I pushed myself to get the top pieced on Friday with the intention of quilting on Saturday. No such luck!

My leg was so painful by Friday night , that I couldn’t manage the stairs down from my sewing room. Anyway the top is pieced so here is a quick view.


 So I spent Saturday on the settee being ice packed every hour by my loving DH who made sure the ice pack was refrozen. No sewing so I knit instead. I finished off the blue and brown marled pair and now I have black ones on the needles . DH will get these.


Heard today that my friend N who I cycled to the Cycle Touring Festival has been knocked off his bike on a roundabout. Luckily, he was wearing a helmet so didn’t have head injury but has rib and clavicle injuries. Wishing him well for  a speedy recovery. Take care out there cycling friends.


Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 7, 2016


I don’t know if others are like me, but I can go on tour and not feel tired – until I come home and then I can sleep for England.

I had a lot of work last week and can honestly say I felt tired. I did still go cycling but kept the mileage down so I had only ridden about 20 miles until yesterday.

DH was up for a long ride – but not me- so he left the house about 5.00am. He wanted to go back up to Ryhope and avoid the section of NCN1 between Shotton Colliery and South Hetton. So he studied the map and made his way on the road. This adds about one and a half miles and a bit of climbing going north but it is worth it to avoid some unpleasant litter strewn muddy track. The road isnt too busy.

I had a sleep in until 7.00am and then did some cutting out of a child’s bridesmaids dress that is required for next weekend. Then I rode over to the butchers in Thornaby to buy the sausage I am able to eat (chicken) and returned home.

DH arrived home a little later and after a bit of tinkering with his bottom bracket asked if I wanted to ride. Well, I did so we determined to have a ride to Redcar by way of Marske. We called on Uncle R who we know from Sustrans and he was pleased to see us as he had to sell his bicycle. We had a lovely visit.

Then we rode along the coast road and stopped on the promenade. The sun was shining and there were even people swimming in the sea.


Looking towards Huntcliffe near Saltburn

After picnicking, we made out way into Redcar passing lots of families playing on the beach. The further we went , the more crowded it became. We could see people walking with numbers on and it became obvious that this was a race walk – The Redcar Blaze. I stopped to ask an official about it and it is a 100mile walking race expected to finish Sunday afternoon!! people think I am crazy but walking 100 miles in about 24 hours?????

Then it was home along the recently resurfaced cycle track but with a freshening headwind so it became a bit of a slog. DH finished up with 87 miles for the day and it was 27 miles for me. this is DH’s ride data.

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