Day 4 Sunday 5th May 2013
The day dawned with beautiful sunshine but we weren’t having a very early start as we wanted to go and worship at church in York. Thanks to the sat nav we were able to cycle past the race course and up into the Acomb area of the city.
We met some people we knew, quite a few who were children of friends that have moved down to the York area. It was really good to connect with them again as we worshipped together.
After the sacrament meeting, we cycled down into the city so that we could find route 65. However, not all cycle routes are cycle friendly. It was a good job, my DH was with me as I would not be able to negotiate this myself.
It took both of us to get the bikes up and down this lot of steps. It might be alright with an unloaded bikes but this is on the route to the railway station. Doesn’t make cyclesence to me.
When we finally emerged , I recognised we were at Lendle bridge and could access route 65 on the riverside. As it was so lovely the riverside was packed with tourists but most were only in the first half mile from the bridge. It’s a lovely ride through greenery and there were many other cyclists about, some with children which was good to see.
The route passes between Rawcliffe and Nether Poppleton before meandering up past Beningbrough Hall and into Newton-on-Ouse where we stopped to eat. This is a very pretty village and the trees were bursting with blossom.
Sorry this isn’t such a good photo but you get the idea of the typical English village green. Setting off again we cycled on through Linton-on-Ouse , over the toll bridge at Aldwark(free for cyclists) and into Great Ouseburn. There were more people than I had ever seen there before. Open garden days in small villages have become very popular and this was the reason. Furthur along we came across a classic car display of Morgans and MG’s.
She lives on a very isolated farm and I asked if I could use the image on my blog. I had to explain what a blog is as she has no idea about computers. Such a lovely lady.
When we nearer Aldborough, a racing cyclist came up and cycled with us. He was very interested in the Kogas. He said he was a bit of a bike geek and has 12 of his own. He had been out interval training up a hill as he does some racing for one of the cycle shops.
We declined his invitation to have a cup of tea at his place which we passed in Boroughbridge. We wanted to get pitched as soon as possible as the cloud was building. We camped at the site in Roecliffe and the assistant manager gave us a lovely spot just near the river.
Day 5 Monday 6th May 2013
Here he is packing our home made quilt. We were on the road by 7.15am and headed up towards Norton-le-Clay, Asenby and Topcliffe before taking the A167 to Northallerton closing the loop.
We had 2nd breakfast and cycled home the way we came. Home by 12.45pm, a fast ride for us and 240 miles completed. I felt like Queen of the road.