Well this has been a bit of a warmer week and indeed we thought summer had arrived – for one day- then that was that.
We have had a good week cycling as the weather was mild and not rainy as a contrast to the previous week. We mainly rode the usual river circuit and so by Thursday morning , my mileage was over 40. I am pleased to report that the swans have built another nest , next to the old one, and there is an egg in there that the pen is sitting with the cob being next to her most of the time.
Due to circumstances in my work changing on Thursday morning, I was able to take advantage of the warmest day of the year. By 11.00am , we were off. By chance I had asked a blogging friend if she would like an old magazine I was disposing of- after about 25 or more years. She said yes , so we knew the direction of travel – Darlington. The lack of precipitation during the week meant we could use the route through The Whinnys nature area. The water levels in the ponds were still very high, so it must have been impassable earlier in the year.
We also met a group who I know from the CTC sat under the trees in Long Newton having cycled over from Great Ayton.
It was a delight to cycle in my sandals with bare arms and shorts as we entered Darlington. I couldn’t resist a trip to the fabric shop and bought a couple of meters of jersey fabric before finding my way to the address.
My phone has a sat nav facility but I can never hear it. DS1 got me a wrist worn speaker at Li*l for the princely sum of £4.99 and it works a treat. I can see me using it in future.
As we returned I stopped to take a couple of photos as the fields are now full of sheep and lambs – so lovely to see them bouncing around playing together.
On our return journey , the cold north easterly wind started blowing and we had to stop and pull on our jerseys for warmth .
By Friday morning the temperature had dropped by 10C from 18Cto 8C and never got any warmer and there was a grass frost for the morning ride.
Saturday dawned sunny but chilly . Undeterred, off we set and cycled up around Hemlington lake following Sustrans route 65 at first then into Stokesley.
Next weekend will see the 2nd Tour de Yorkshire cycle race and on Sunday 1st May it will lave from our town and go up through Great Ayton and Stokesley, so everywhere is being decked out in blue and yellow for the occasion. I think every old bike that could be used has been painted for decoration. Schools have been involved and I saw 5 being wheeled along into position.
Even private houses are getting into the spirit of the event.
In Great Ayton, I took a wrong turn and ended up seeing a small weir I have not seen before, so it was a nice detour.
As was getting much colder, we decided to ride straight home , going down through old Nunthorpe and Marton and arrived home by noon. In total this week I have cycled 131.25miles but DH topped that riding 148 miles. I just hope bad weather doesn’t scupper plans for next week.