The weather forecast for today was showing full sun all day with winds at about 12mph. I checked my appointment book and decided as I had so few for today, I would ask them to change. Fortunately, they agreed and so we decided we would go on the reccy ride, having no idea where we would be going.
So, we met up with the others outside the Southern Cross, not the Blue Bell at 10.00am. DS1 was a little late as he was helping a senior get his computer updated and sorted, so we got away about 10.15am. We headed up Dixons bank but the cycle track has been blocked off after Brass Castle lane , as there is a big housing development underway. So onto the road, around the roundabout and off up to Old Nunthorpe village. Then we crossed the A172 and off along to Great Ayton. Here we turned left and were off along through Pinchinthorpe. Just after here , M turned back as she only had a couple of hours to spare, so was doing an hour out and one back. So she was loaned a yellow jacket as her own was not bright enough to be visible because of the low sun in the sky.
So it was a climb before a drop down into Guisborough and then along through Slapewath, Charltons and Margrove Park before the stiff climb up to Boosebeck and a further climb to Skelton Green. I haven’t been there in years.
Swooping down into Skelton , I was very glad we weren’t having to climb that hill. We stopped for a break. Some went into a cafe but we chose to sit in the bus shelter out of the wind and enjoyed a hot drink from our flask and a home made fruit bun.
After a 30 mins break, we were off again , down the road passing Rushpool Hall and down to the facilities on the lower promenade.
Here we are in the carpark looking up to the houses at the top of Saltburn bank. We were able to make a choice here. Would we ride the winding 25% hill , or push up the donkey track. I chose the donkey track but DH said he would ride the hill. There were 4 who chose that option and it was the two oldest who managed it all the way. Are you surprised that DH managed it? He’s like a superman, or that’s what some said he is. Haha!
We followed along through the allotments and past the wild flower meadow and on to NCN1 to return home.
It was a lovely day, sunny but a bit windy, however considering its early February , it was great. We completed 35 miles in about 5 hours so not bad going for this (tongue in cheek) OAP.