It was a beautiful day yesterday, sunny and about 10C so ideal for a day trip to see the beautiful autumn colours. We decided to take a cycle up to Hurworth Burn , not too far but with a nice picnic bench. We set out about 9.30 am and called by to pick up our friend M, to take him out to see more than our town.
If you look close!y you can see how rutted the track became making cycling difficult. We thought we would have to walk these sections so were delighted that 2 of the places , we call alleyoops, have been repaired and tarmaced very recently. We call them alleyoops because they sweep down and then up. Look at this now.
This is a good place for bird watching and we had a chat to a group of men, bit like Last of the Summer wine , if you know the TV programme. We’ve met them before , so I was recounting our Scottish summer trip and one of these chaps is booked on a cruise round the Hebrides next summer.
On the way back , we decided to go along the part of the track we helped clean a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, we found another 2 shopping trollies littering the track, stolen from local supermarkets. This taking IS stealing. A little later we came past the piece of art work that had been painted to cover grafitti. Some Ignorant vandals have regrafittied it again!
Today, I heard of more vandalism up at the wild flower meadow site at Saltburn. Our little sign to say work is being carried out by Sustrans volunteers has been ripped off and taken . Just why do people do this? They must have very sad lives. They should take up cycling!
We had a couple of problems not long after this. DS1 got a puncture and earlier M had a fall. He was riding an old cycle of mine that had a break in the frame. This fall broke it again , but he managed to ride home. He will come tomorrow and strip the frame ready to take it for repair at Flavells in Thornaby.
Do I sound like a grumpy old woman? I did have a lovely day.