Posted by: brendaintheboro | June 25, 2017

Solstice Week

After the heat of last week, it has been much more comfortable here in the NE of England and so with the very long days I have been able to get out  and achieve more than a century this week.

On Monday morning , we got up to wake the birds , well at least the ducks who were sleeping on the cycleway though Albert Park.

 

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Let sleeping ducks lie

As you can see , the geese were awake. The 2 white ones make good guard dogs and squark like mad but don’t wake the ducks. It took me a couple of days to get some decent shots of the rapidly growing goslings who are now nearly as big as their parents. They are loosing the downy feathers and adult plumage is starting to show.

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So most of the riding has been our usual river rides or nearby home  and the profusion of wild flowers is a delight. I don’t get time to photograph as many as I would like but I see that in Albert park, the hill with cowslips has now got these blue beauties growing instead .

I also managed to get a couple of photographs of these gulls. When I stopped to get the shot, they went further away across the field but I could use the zoom to snap them. One had darker wings than the other.

Yesterday , with 60 miles on the clock, I was out to do another 40 . We set off for Darlington but saw a chap that looked like a cycle tourist and then a short while later saw him again. He was lost in the Teesside conurbation. So we changed our plans and rode with him up to NCN route 1 at Thorpe Thewles and set him on his way. He was an interesting chap, originally from Germany but cycling around , the last place being Columbia in South America. He teaches English and was on his way up to Edinburgh to teach French youth for a month and then come back south for another stint teaching Italian youngsters. He works about 6 months of the year.

Once we had left him, we headed through Carlton and picked up the way through Redmarshall and Bishopton and rode to see Rosie at Cozy Coffee. She seems to know all her customers by name and said ” the usual, 2 hot chocolates?”  of course and we had some of her delicious ginger cake too.

Then we rode down into Darlington and I went fabric shopping. Eventually I want to try making my own swimsuit, and they had a lovely purple and white paisley. I wont get it done before our next trip, but it will be there for winter time sewing.

We came back through the Whinneys nature reserve and I did get nettled as the paths are so overgrown. Its like being in the jungle . Stopping in Elton for a short break, I snapped the lovely bus stop complete with seating.

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We then took the longer way home along the river and this is my attempt at a panoramic photo.

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It was very blowy but fortunately on our way home we had the wind on our backs. I do hope we get a few more weeks of summer. The forecast for yesterday , didn’t show this sunshine , so we got lucky.

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/15538538 .

This week 106.2 miles  1735.8 YTD

Posted by: brendaintheboro | June 17, 2017

I got my wish

What was I wishing for? Sunshine? Well we got some this week whoopee!!

I have managed to ride almost every day this week. Mostly just near home, along the river or the long way to Albert Park. Still that added up to a tidy 60miles. There are flowers blooming all around and young birds are fledging everywhere. I can photograph the flowers but the birds are a bit more difficult.

 

This is the mass of daisies blooming along the banks of the local beck. It is humming with bees but I didn’t really get to catch one on the flowers.

Along the river, there are lots of seabirds including the black headed gulls and the larger Herring gulls. However, I cant find a photo of one of those that I took.

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Today, Saturday, was very warm even at 8.00am. We decided to not go too far but I had in mind to get in 40 miles to make a nice round 100 for the week.

We headed off up through Great Ayton and then along to Easby. It was really starting to heat up and there were some lovely clear views of the Cleveland hills which we kept in sight of but didn’t climb today. I took photos of Roseberry Topping and Captain Cooke’s monument.

Captain Cook, he who sailed to Australia, New Zealand and never returned from Hawaii, was  a local boy  who went to school in Great Ayton.

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I do like how I can zoom in with this new camera but I still keep forgetting how to use it.  I tried to take some panoramic shots but couldn’t remember how to do them.

We rode around through Battersby and along to Ingleby Greenhow. We had a short break and DH donned his hat under his helmet . This was liberally doused with water to keep him cool. I already had a hat on and was going to water it, but it was already soaked with sweat. DH hardly sweats at all, me I was drenched.

We carried on though Great Broughton and in to Stokesley . I phoned a friend who has a farm on the other side of the A19 but she wasn’t home. We decided not to go quite as far over and  rode along through Skutterskelf ( I do like that name) and into the outskirts of Hutton Rudby. where we turned on to NCN52 which undulated across the countryside to Seamer. As it was now 11.30am , we decided to stop under the shade of a large sycamore tree and eat. We were wondering about the age of the tree and DH thinks it could be as old as 400 years , judging by the  girth of the tree.

 

We rode down through Hilton and Ingleby Barwick  and down to the Tees and into Stockton before finishing off our usual riverside route. Success 40.3 miles today.

The weekly total was 100.6miles  and YTD is 1629.6 miles.

Hope you can view this record on Ride with GPS.

 

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/15366398

Posted by: brendaintheboro | June 11, 2017

Flaming June – I wish

What a week it’s been here in the NE of the UK. The weather has been more like autumn than summer with high winds and heavy rain, indeed  there has been twice the normal rainfall in about 36 hours . This is a long winded way of saying I haven’t been out cycling much,

I have had a few early morning rides but it hasn’t added up to much. As the rain pelted down and the winds blew the trees all over the place, we stayed home on Saturday and got our stuff organised for our next trip away. We hope to drive up to the north of Scotland and then get across to the islands with our folding bikes and camping gear. Its meant altering our pannier attachments from the Koga settings and DH will tow my trailer. We had a practice pack and then had a short ride to see how we rolled. Seems fine and everything will go in the back of the car, so roll on next month.

The early morning rides have seen us dodging showers but it was lovely to see just how the goslings are growing. They are obviously used to people bringing food because as soon as I stopped , they came waddling towards me at speed.  Comical to see when I didn’t have food. They looked dejected.

Anyway, my mileage this week is a measly 26 miles so that is 1529 YTD. Still it could have been worse – I might not have cycled at all. Hope next week is better.

 

 

 

Posted by: brendaintheboro | June 4, 2017

Mileage update

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some of the wildlife we  saw last week. This week I haven’t ridden more than 22 miles in one go, mostly short 5 miles to town and back. To be honest I was tired after Tuesday’s ride and its taken a bit of recovery time. I have to remember I am not 16 anymore, even if my spirit still is.

So YTD total is 1503 miles . Not as much as this time last year but then I had the whole year and wasn’t injured .

Posted by: brendaintheboro | June 2, 2017

Missing Photos

Aldwark Church

 

 

 

Tents at the Festival

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DH getting ready to leave the festival

 

It would appear that if I caption the photos,then they are not visible to some people on some devices. I really don’t know why  but I wont caption in future

Posted by: brendaintheboro | June 1, 2017

Cycle Touring Festival 2017 Part 3

Friday 26th May 2017

Another beautiful morning for our ride to Clitheroe and we didn’t have a very early start as we didn’t need to be at Waddow Hall until 4.00pm. This was a route , I rode last year with others who were going to the festival, so I had checked it out. We had ridden into town the previous evening so I could make sure that I wasn’t taking us off on a wild goose chase. It is strange though how memory can be distorted and you can think that a particular item is on one side of the road and then there it is on the other. This was the case with me, as I thought the canal would be on the right when in fact it was on the left.

There was a relatively flat ride along to Bank Newton before climbing and then a fast run down to the A682 as there is a 14% hill. The A682 isnt too busy but there were a few large agrivehicles  that past by quite closely. However, fortunately it is only about 1 mile along here before turning onto the Helifield Road and crossing a bridge over the river Ribble. Then there is a long climb but as long as descent into Bolton by Bowland.

 

Last year the weather was hot and so we stopped at the same small tea rooms and had a sandwich and a sit. Then it was the last bit and I knew we should go through Waddington but we missed the turning and ended up going through Sawley and on to the A59. Now that would be really scary to ride but there is a short cycle track section that takes you off the road and on into Chatburn. Another ice cream stop was called for and DH wasn’t about to offer any resistance.

Off again, we were soon into Clitheroe where we called into Lid! and bought salad for our evening meal as this meal isnt catered for. Once at Waddow Hall it was only about 2.30pm so we got our chairs out and positioned ourselves under the shade of the trees.  A new cycle tourist turned up having ridden on the A59 and nearly got wiped out. Over the weekend I believe he learned a lot about using the quieter roads.  Then what should have been a familiar face turned up but I couldn’t see it with all its face fuzz from 2 weeks away on the Outer Hebrides.

Nearer to 4.00pm Laura and Tim Moss and family  came along and told us where to pitch our tents. I have to tell you about these two. A few years ago , they went off on a round the world 13000 miles trip but when they came back wanted to do something to promote cycle touring. This was born the Cycle Touring Festival. What is different, is that it is all done by volunteers everyone donating their time for the pure love of it. NO ONE gets paid anything. So unlike other festivals that I am aware of. Sharon , Laura’s mum organises all the catering and the whole family and friends work so very hard to provide wonderful food  all day Saturday and Sunday. They deserve so much praise for this selfless service. They will be blessed. (Mosiah2:17)

 

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Ribble lodge at tea time

 

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the smallest tent on the site

There was so much choice in the way of speakers – again all doing it for the love of it – even paying their fees just like any other cyclist. It was impossible to go to every talk that I would have liked to. The range was from cycling with children in the Scottish Islands and Japan to a  wheel building workshop with Ghyllside cycles that went on most of the weekend and needed to be prebooked.  My favourite was by Thomas Ivor Jones , a nearly 9 year old who talked about his attempt to climb and cycle between the highest mountains in Wales, England  and Scotland. He didn’t quite make it but did clime Hardknott and Wynose passes in the Lake district. My cap off to him and his lovely family. I got to play aunty to the two little girls and loved every minute of it.

 

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Cuban fibre tent

 

The weather started to deteriorate on Saturday afternoon with a thunderstorm  booming down the valley bringing some intermittent  rain. There is also a place to swim in the river and after the final session on Sunday, I had a dip in the river.  I really need a new swimming costume as my old one has finally had it. Its in the bin now so I will have to buy a new one.

 

Sunday night brought a lot of rain. When I had been in Malham I got a time table for a local railway , the Bentham Line running from Morcambe to Leeds and so we decided to see it we could use it to get back across east.

 

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DH packing up and putting on rain gear – the advantage of a larger tent

 

 

So we got packed early and almost retraced our way back to Gargrave. DH pulled my trailer  and we made it back to Gargrave where there is a railway station. On the train , I found that we could buy a ticket through to Selby so that’s what we did.  Mind you, Leeds station is large with many platforms and so we spent about an hour playing musical platforms up and down lifts until we could finally board a train with room for the bikes.

Once in Selby, rain still falling, we rode up to Riccall and camped for the night. We had hoped to get B&B but Peggy and Rod were full up. Peggy was so concerned that we would be warm enough but fortunately we have good equipment and it not a problem. We also hatched a plan.

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At 6.30am DS1 turned up with his car and loaded all bags and the trailer so that we didn’t have to carry them. The morning was overcast but warm , an ideal cycling day. So it was off up the planet track and through York.

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I was going really well and we stopped by in Linton to see if our friends were at home. Unfortunately not, so we sat on the doorstep and had a bite to eat. Just as we were leaving we heard a familiar laugh and who should come around the corner but our dear friend M. She was very busy but did let me use her bathroom.

In the garden were some lovely aliums and poppies and some wild bees too.

 

Ii is surprising how you can notice something new on every trip. This is the church in Aldwark and I have never notice the brick/stone work. It reminds me of the churches in Norfolk.

Off again and up our usual route with another stop at Asenby to refuel. In Northallerton , we met another couple who were cycle touring riding from London to Edinburgh in aid of the local air ambulance. They were really packing in the miles but didn’t have much gear relying on finding a B&B each time they stopped. Braver and fitter than me.

When we got home I found that I had ridden 74 miles in 6.75 hours which I was really pleased with.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | June 1, 2017

Cycle Touring Festival 2017 There and Back Part 2

 

The campsite we use in Gargrave, is right next to the Leeds Liverpool canal and a good place to stay, in an enclosed  field without car access, so is mostly used by cyclists and walkers.

There was one other cycle tourer and a walker , on the field so not crowded.

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chatting in the touring field

Thursday  25th May 2017

We awoke to a misty morning.

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The fog soon lifted as the sun rose and we decided to have a short ride up to Malham Cove. We  knew we had more hills to climb but without all the camping gear it was much easier and the views are wonderful.

 

Very soon we were in Malham and continued to climb up to the cove but were defeated by the sharp rise in the steepness of the road and the unaccustomed heat. Nevertheless, we continued walking along a foot path and then DH told me he would wait with the bikes, while I continued on. I took his photo and a lady took a shot of us both.

 

Not the most flattering i know but a very good record for us.

Malham Cove is limestone country and is 230ft high I believe. Once there would have been a waterfall but now a stream comes out at the bottom.

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As you look around you can see the hillsides divided up with skilfully constructed drystone walls. These are hundreds of years old and a testament to using what you have. Recently, they have started courses to pass on the art of construction in this way , as the younger generations need education on the process, so that this can continue.

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Once back in the village we called in to a café well used by cyclists and had apple pie and ice cream. There is also a very nice visitor centre with a full car park, which was interesting. Setting off for Gargrave, I got the gearing wrong and had to walk up the hill, the first time during the day, but then it was largely a descent. However, we passed another café and had more ice cream. It was just too hot!!!

Back in Gargrave , we sat in the shadow of the wall to get some relief from the heat.

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Relaxing in the only shade we could find

I am so glad we bought these Helinox chairs years ago. I noticed others have them at the festival, or cheap Chinese copies. Whatever, they are small and light and easily packable and so comfortable.

In the evening we watched these little birds – I think a wagtale of some sort – please help TP.  They were flying into a nest hidden in the wall.

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A yellow and grey bird

Then we watched harvesting by these new machines. It was like watching formation dancing as they hurtled up and down the fields, reaping for silage making.

I also did some hand washing and used this ancient mangle to wring out the clothes but didn’t put anything with a zip through. I had the sense to know , it would ruin buttons or zips.

 

So another successful day and a call into JD Tandems who are now based just across the canal. Only looking and drooling though.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | May 31, 2017

Cycle Touring Festival 2017 There and Back

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Well, I have been waiting a year for the cycle touring festival to come around again and today was a beautiful sunny day , for our cycle ride to start touring over there. We took our usual route across to Northallerton and then along towards Topcliffe but here we turned off towards Rainton. Unfortunately, the road had collapsed causing flooding and the repair work had begun. We tried to find a way through but the workmen just would not allow us across the trench. Such a contrast to sites we have crossed in Europe where the workmen  weren’t as over safety conscious.  We did take a new to us way when we got nearer Ripon and went down through the very pretty village of Copt Hewick which has some very big houses.

Once in Ripon, we went to the Lockside caravan site and got pitched before 1pm which gave us time  to have a walk in to the town. We walked along  the canal side, grateful for some  shade under the trees as it was blisteringly hot – well for the north east of England. As we got nearer, we could see the flag flying at half mast. Just as we left early in the morning, we heard about the senseless, evil bombing at a pop concert in Manchester which we later heard had killed 22 and  injured many more. So sad for all those involved.

Here are a few photos.

 

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We were delighted to see a duck with so many ducklings on the water and tried to count them all. I couldn’t get them all in but did get as many as I could.

 

We thought 16 but I couldn’t get them all. There are 13 on this photo.

In the evening , we had another walk after dinner , in the opposite direction and could see more wild life.

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I was taken by this large bracket fungus growing on an old tree stump on the opposite bank. We crossed the canal further downstream before walking across a field and then down a road to the campsite.

Wednesday 24th May 2017

We knew today would be a hard one , crossing the Yorkshire Dales climbing to Pately Bridge and beyond, so DH decided he would pull my trailer as well as carrying his own load. He is my Superman . Once through Ripon, the climbs begin, gently at first but then getting  steeper and longer but that lead to some wonderful views.

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Still smiling despite the hill climb

Of course, no climbs lasts forever and eventually there was a fast descent into Pately Bridge , where we stopped for 2nd breakfast. Even at 9.30am , it was so hot I had to slather on more factor 50 suntan cream. Then we had the worst climb , 25% out of the small Dales town and it seemed to go on forever. It even had DH walking and I pulled in to a farm gateway for a rest. A typical old farmer came down and had a chat about everything and anything. I think he was glad of someone to talk to but he did say to be careful going down hill as there have been some nasty  accidents resulting in a number of deaths. On that happy note , we set off again towards the summit of Greenhow hill . We could see Coldstone Cut and I had been wanting to go up there but just couldn’t summon the energy to walk or cycle up because it would have meant coming down again.

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Off and walking

The farmer said we were almost at the top but as many who don’t cycle , they really have no idea just how far it is.

 

We stopped at Coldstone cut and stopped for a quick bite to eat. DH had made a ginger cake with chocolate chips in it too. We cut a chunk ate that and then another lump. Greedy perhaps but we felt ravenous. There is also a restored limestone kiln because this is an area of limestone production in the past.

Just after this , there is a downhill that was a welcome relief from struggling uphill and we were soon at the turn off for Starbottom. This is a twisting , steep road but half way down, it is really scary as there is a hairpin bend. My heart was in my mouth as we flew down, brakes being applied one by one to relieve  the braked being overstretched. There was a beautiful flower filled meadow which had a few sheep in and I couldn’t resist stopping to take a couple of photos.

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A lady cyclist passed me and struggled on the uphill, so I shouted encouragement to her and then told myself I had to stay on and do well. Daft really, as there wasn’t anyone there to judge a hillclimb, but I wouldn’t want to let myself down.

Once through Burnsall, we missed a turning to Thorpe but rode along to Threshfield and took the road on to Cracoe. We stopped for a lemonade at the Devonshire Arms  before continuing on to Hetton and finally to the campsite at Gargrave,

 

 

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Posted by: brendaintheboro | May 21, 2017

Ne’re cast a clout

Until May’s right out, as the saying goes.

I have never really been too sure about whether this means the month of May or the hawthorn flowers which locally are known as May flowers. Whatever it  means there is a lot of blooming going on . The weather has been a bit wetter and warmer , so I am seeing blossoming trees every where. Such beauty makes my heart sing but I also know that it will soon be gone. Already, the winds have taken away of lot of cherry blossom and the discarded petals lay in heaps on the pavements . People are complaining that they have to wash their cars more often because they look unsightly as they brown off.

We haven’t been riding much away from the town or along the river this week. DH has been fettling with my gears before we set off next week for the Cycle Touring Festival. I will be working until the last afternoon before we leave , so Saturday afternoon was spent getting our gear packed and ready. There wont be much time left on Monday , except for some last minute stuff. I do love to be off cycle camping  and we will be cycling through Yorkshire and in to Lancashire.

So I bought myself a new camera ( thanks for the recommendation Nick) and have started to try to get to grips with it. My old phone keeps telling me I don’t have enough memory. How right it is, I seem to forget stuff all the time now Heehee!

So, here are some photos from last week. A mixture of phone and camera photos of blossom and birds.

 

It’s lovely to see the birds and their young. I did see 2 tiny coots but couldn’t get a photo of them but I am really pleased with  this one of the geese.

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We also went along the river early on Saturday morning and there was a rowing regatta on and I got these shots of one of the races and the rescue boat.

 

Finally some flowers on trees and the yellow flag irises that always make me think of my past kayaking trips off the west coast of Scotland. They always seemed to be blooming when we went up there in May. Being early meant we escaped most of the plaques of Midgies.

 

So the tally for this week is another 60 miles making 1257 miles YTD

 

 

 

Posted by: brendaintheboro | May 13, 2017

Not all my own write up

Today, is my wonderful DH’s 66 Birthday and here is a write up he did for his birthday treat ride earlier this week. He is my Superman.

 

Jozef’s 66th Birthday Ride

 On Thursday morning 11th May I woke up at 3.15 am and organized some things to take on what I am calling my Birthday ride. I was on my way by 3.55 am. While riding along  Acklam road I saw a fox run across the road. There was very little traffic.

 On towards Stokesley , and then up through Great Broughton but before climbing Clay Bank I took off my yellow jacket and had a drink of water then off I went. The wind up to now was a bit confusing  blowing from every direction but when I turned to the steeper part it suddenly swung round and I could feel it on my back. This allowed me to achieve between 3 and 5 miles an hour. (haha). When at  top , I turned into the car park  I stopped to to have a drink and a biscuit. It was quite misty while heading along  through Bilsdale  which was actually very attractive It would have been nice to have some pictures but they didn’t come out very well . On through Chop Gate it seems to me that these roads are longer and the hills steeper than last time. Loads of rabbits running around and I noticed a bit of road kill some quite fresh On through Helmsley, Sproxton, Oswaldkirk, Stillington, Sutton-on-the-Forest and then along a busy road to York.

I stopped near Roundtree park on a bench over looking the river and had some of my all day breakfast. I make this in a plastic tub with granola and yogurt which softens up as they day goes by. I find it very sustaining but only have a small amount at a time hence it lasts all day.

 This was not a long stop , 52 miles to this point I just started riding again when  Brenda rang so I stopped to talk but only  for a short conversation  as I was eager to get on.  Along the  river path and over the race course towards  the planet track down to  Riccall and  along to Selby. It was  66 Miles to  the bridge at Selby and now  now 10.15am this was  the turn around point .

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Back in Riccall I called in to  see Rod and  Peggy at South Newlands Farm  and have a little talk and use their facilities.  In the village I bought  two ice lollies, sitting and eating one  and then eating the other as I rode up the Planet track. .  Back in  York , I again sat on  the bench near the river had some more to eat and drink. Along to Lendal bridge and over to the north side and along to Rawcliffe following the river path and then up towards Benningborough.  Instead of going thought the hall grounds,  I followed the cycle route around  the hall thinking it may have been repaired by now but unfortunately not. Its is still in need of repairing.  Passing through Newton on Ouse and along to Linton on Ouse I  saw my friend John’s van so called in to see if he was home. He was, and very kindly made me a drink.

 

Now heading for Aldwark village and remembering to turn left at Flawith, it was on through Helperby Brafferton  and up to  Cundall . By now it was  3.00pm and I  stopped  at Asenby for a drink and a brief call home. On through Topcliffe , Sandhutton, ,South Otterington and to Northallerton. I  stopped here for a drink and more of my all day breakfast while sitting on the bench just at the entrance to Tesco’s  now at  4.30pm. Another of our usual stopping places.

I must say I was  now feeling a little ache across my shoulders and  in my feet. So I pressed  on through Brompton, Deighton and down to Appleton Wiske and on to Yarm into Preston park. I decided, to get the miles in , I would ride  along to the path heading to Stockton . I saw another cyclist coming towards me and was surprised to see it was my friend Ben Willis on his  way home from work. Another brief stop to chat, and along the river crossing at the Tees Barrage  and into the town and through to Albert park, where  I did a figure of eight in the park so I could achieve my goal of 150 miles in the day and I did it.

Unfortunately , the app on my phone, Ride with GPS , had stopped working , so I don’t have full details mapped out but I did it. I was home by 6.45 pm and this was all on my Koga Randonneur. I don’t have a lightweight racing bike.

Yes this is almost the same as we rode over the Easter holiday with the exception of going to Tadcaster, for those of you who read regularly . However, he managed it in one day!!

The hawthorn trees are fully blooming now so hopefully summer will soon be here and we can ride in shorts and shirtsleeves.


For myself, I rode  56 miles this week, all local runs not going any further away than Middleton One Row. I did happen to see goslings in Albert Park though.

 

YTD 1197 miles

 

 

 

 

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