Posted by: brendaintheboro | July 11, 2012

Epic rain ride

The breakfast at the Devonshire Arms was delicious and set us up for the day. The eggs were fresh, free range and I had 3 poached eggs while DH had the full English minus the black pudding.
Then at 9.30am we set out into the world under a dry but threatening sky.
We had watched the weather forecast and it was not good with flood warnings . Consequently, we had decided we would make for home. To be honest , we really didn’t know what the distance would be, but thought it might be 80mls. Such a shame that the weather is so awful but enough is enough!

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Under glowering skies we started the climb up towards Pateley Bridge. We hoped things would go smoothly, buy it wasn’t to be. Within an hour , I developed a puncture in my rear wheel. DH was fixing it , when another couple cycled by but not loaded like we were. We used a previously patched inner tube and within yards, it too went down . Back to our spot off the road and another repair. Of course , this was when the Heavens opened. I put up the fishing brolly to give us a little shelter while this was completed.
It wasn’t going to stop raining , so off on the road to Burnsall and then through Appletreewick climbing all the while up to the B6265 and past the Stump Cross Caverns. Then comes the scary descent into Pateley Bridge. It was especially so with the rain on the road and the poor surface.Looking at the cycle computer I see I had a maximum speed of 30mph during the day and this was the steepest descent.
We stopped and had hot chocolate and a Yorkshire special , a Fat Rascal. This is a large fruit scone with the addition of cherries and a brazil nut.
There’s a steep climb following the route to Ripon but the land does become more rolling and I managed the hill climbs. We passed Fountains abbey and Studley Royal a couple of miles before Ripon. We enquirer about the road up through Sharrow to the Dishforth roundabout on the A1M. This isn’t as scary as it seems as the road descends under the north bound carriageway before the roundabout where it meets the A168.
Here we turned off to Rainton and followed the road towards Thirsk before turning off to Northallerton, in the village of Topcliffe. The A167 is fairly straight and we sped along at 15mph until reaching the town at 5pm. We stopped in a supermarket coffee shop and had a chicken fajita sandwich, chocolate chip muffin and another hot chocolate.
Just after 6pm it was out into the rain yet again. It did ease off slightly for a couple of miles but it didn’t last. Riding on through Deighton, Appleton Wiske and Worsall, we entered Yarm. All of these roads were awash with water but there were few cars or people to be seen anywhere. We rode through Preston Park to cut off a mile of the road, and a young man out jogging asked where we had been. He’s done the Coast to Coast a few times.
We arrived at home at 8.50pm having completed 68.5mls in the rainiest of weather. Was I glad to be home, you bet

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