Posted by: brendaintheboro | July 2, 2012

Transpennine day

We had a very early start. DH was u and showered before the birds were even awake! I got up at 3.45. Yes you are reading that correctly. It was a sunny but breezy morning and we set off at 4.45am. It actually wasn’t too bad and the roads were so quiet so we got over to Yarm and then on to the quiet roads to Northallerton where we made a brief stop . We then rode along the main road to Thirsk where we stopped for 2nd breakfast at about 8.15am in a small park near the river. We breakfasted well on strawberries with pcereal and yogurt. Strawberries do not even travel well for 30 miles but we had them at home and they would have been wasted .
Leaving Thirsk,we made the decision to go down the A19. It isn’t the nicest road to pedal but saved about 20 miles on the day’s journey. Just before Easingwold it started to rain enough to need to jacket up, so we went to the market square and used the facilities as well. However, it wasn’t long before the sun came out so it was into a lay-by to divest ourselves. Once down at the Rawcliffe park and ride , we picked up route 65 which is a very nice off road path. The only thing I didn’t like was the cattle grid style barriers, which almost shake your teeth loose. York has a large ferris wheel at present.

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We found the route easily and stopped near the Millenium bridge for lunch. We knew it was about another 15 miles to Selby so not too far for the afternoon . The track is an old rail line and has the solar system marked out along its length . Once at Riccall we found the South Newlands campsite which was very quiet . The wind is fairly strong but there is some shelter so we are quiet cozy. 67 miles today

Saturday 30/6/12
After a wet night, we were pleased to have a relatively dry pack up of the tent . We for on the road at 6.50am and rose along the path near the A19 into Selby in sunshine . However, it was short lived once we got onto the canal towpath when we got our first of many soakings today.
From the canal , the route leads onto an old airfield from WW2. There was an new monument unveiled to bomber command this week so I thought of those young men who have up their lives for us .

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After this it was off to Snaith across the road bridge and along to Gowdall where we found a nice bus shelter for 2nd breakfast . The sun came out again for the next part of the journey which took us down the New canal towards Doncaster. That was when the trouble began, a combination of torrential rain and poor signage. Why do all big towns have sign problems? Anyway , this delayed us so we took more time than was necessary getting out but this gave us the chance to get some more food at Morrisons. We rode on the roads up to Sprotborough and eventually got back on the TPT. It was extremely muddy along through Adwick upon Dearne and along to Old Moor where there is an RSPB centre. Again, poor signage had us going round in circles a kind lady phoned a friend who was able to talk us through how to get onto the Elescar greenway. Once in Elescar we asked about camping and are wild camping on a small park area. 54miles.
1st July 2012 day 3 TPT

another fairly early start on a dry but very damp morning getting away just before 7am as there were morning dog walkers on the field. We went back to the heritage centre bit couldn’t find the path so used the road to Wentworth but even there we had difficulty locating the route as signage was missing or damaged . Once again delayed we choose the road to Thorpe Hesley even though the way was hilly with a strenuous climb after a sweeping descent. Then came some rough track before crossing on a bridge over the M1. After that route 67 is good but I did get a puncture and Joe changed his brake blocks. So we got to Meadowhall after 10.15 with only about 8 miles. The stove has problems so I bought gas to run it on. As is so usual , we had to find the route to Chesterfield and a road angel came along.
Steve had local knowledge and guided us through . Unfortunately, he mountain bikes and after he left us we came across steps and restricters.

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However, by unloading the bikes we got through and then cycled through Rother Park which was busy with all sorts going on including waterskiing on a wire.

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After this we picked up the Chesterfield tow path and cycled along into the town with its twisted spire.

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We cycled on to Barlow and camped at Mill Farm. Today, has been sunny , if a little overcast at times. I was pleased with myself for riding all the hills that we came to. 155 miles

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