Last night, DH asked if I had checked the forecast for today. I had and knew there was to me 16-20 mph SW wind but that it would be dry. He suggested heading west into the wind so that we had the hardest bit early in the day.
So just before 9.00am we hit the road across to Thornaby, through Preston Park and on into Yarm. Usually, we would have turned off for Worsall but we decided to keep on up to the village of Kirklevington before heading across to Worsall toll bar. We wanted to check out this road, to see if they surface is better than Worsall bank. It is in better condition , so we may use this way at Easter. At the corner, we turned left and rode down into Appleton Wiske. I had been told that there is a bus stop in the village as they have one bus on a Wednesday. Bingo, there it is opposite the only shop. However, its not equipped with seats so if we want to use it, we will either have to sit on the ground or bring our own seats.
At the end of the village, where we would usually turn right to go to Northallerton, we turned left and rode along to Welbury. It was the first time, we had a tail wind and our speed doubled!! From Welbury we turned left and then right to East Rounton,across the bridge over the A19 and on to Hutton Rudby.
Unfortunately, there is a 17% hill with a bad surface so I hopped off and walked up it as there was a headwind again. There’s no shame in walking , especially at my age! The second part of the bank was rideable and as it turned again, the wind was behind and the descent through Skutterskelfe and Tame Bridge was brilliant riding in my highest gear. By now, it was !lunchtime with 27 miles completed so we stopped and picnicked near the little ford . Here is DH dressed for the wind and sitting on a metal bench.
You can see the ford in this one. There was a little girl and her father playing in the stream. DH suggested we did a bit longer ride, going along through Kikdale and up to Gibdale. I knew there would be a bit of a climb but was agreeable so off we set again along the minor road to Easby and then on to Kildale. DH thought the turning was a bit past the village near a row of cottages. That was when the adventure began. We didn’t have a map , so I wasn’t sure but off we went, turning left up to New Row. Let me tell you, DH was wrong but undeterred we pressed after talking to 4 ladies out walking. I don’t really think they knew the area too well, as they thought we could get to Gribdale. Here is DH pushing on up a very poor surface that just got worse.
The upshot was that we got to a metalled road, turned left thinking we were going in the right direction. It was only when we got to the end of the road , we recognised where we were. Percy Cross Rigg on the NCN168. If we continued on , we would have had to cross the moor on a poor surface, through Guisbrough woods and this was not what we wanted. The wind was really gusting up there and a couple of times I was blown across the road. Scarry.
So we turned back, riding down into Kildale and back to Great Ayton. Good job its predominantly downhill as we were straight into a strengthening head wind. So we decided to take the shortest way home down through Nunthorpe village, on the cycle track alongside Dixon’s bank and so home to Linthorpe. We completed 52 miles being out for 6.5 hours. A great day out.