Posted by: brendaintheboro | May 13, 2014

Jozef’s birthday ride.

At 3.30am, Jozef said he had a bit of a sore throat and didn’t think he would do his ride, despite having his new Koga Randonneur ready. However, by 4.00am, he said he would have a bit of a ride and by 4.30 am,  he was  on the road in the dawn light. He wore his yellow gilet with a flashing light in his back pocket to be visible to other road users so early in the day.


He set off up to Stokesley and then climbed up Clay Bank where he had a brief stop to take a few photos and have a biscuit.



Clay Bank Sunrise

A beautiful sunrise as he munched his biscuit. Then it was back on with his quest. He then sped along the road until Bilsdale where he put on his rain cag, as he could see lots of mist ahead in the valley, but it was a bit clearer in the east. So the next town was Helmesly, North Yorkshire.


Helmsley market place

On a Saturday, this carpark is usually crowded with motorcycles, as it’s a very popular route. Then it was climbing up past Duncombe Park and then left onto a B road  down near Haxby, past the chocolate factory and on into York. It was busy with traffic by this time but he was able to get onto a path for safety. Once in York, he headed towards the minster.



York minster

Then he rode down to the river and into Rowntree park near the cycle bridge.


As you can see, it was still very mizzley, a good Yorkshire term for fine misty rain. By this time , it was about 9.30am , so he picked up the cycle path along the river and rode out of the city. We’ve ridden this quite a few times , so he knew the way and after passing by Benningborough Hall , he was in Newton on Ouse where he stopped for breakfast, sitting on a bench.


Newton on Ouse


As you can see, the sun was beginning to emerge from the cloud so it was on through Linton on Ouse. Here he met our very good friend Margaret, who runs  highly regarded dog sitting/walking  service in the area. So he had to take a selfie.


By now it was 10.45am and he was off again, over Aldwark bridge, where he told the keeper, he would pay next time. Its free for cyclists all the time.
Then it was along through Great Ouseburn and Aldborough and into Borough bridge where we camped at Easter. He didn’t go up to the campsite, but carried on using our same route through Norton le Clay, Cundall and Asenby into Topcliffe. Time for another break.


It was clouding over again but not enough to need his cag on. There were lots of puddles of rain, so there had been some heavy rain.
On through Northallerton, Brompton, Deighton, Kirk Levington and Yarm before going through Preston Park. He didn’t have the miles in he wanted so it was along the river and then into Albert Park where he did 2 circuits so he would have the miles in.
His quest was to ride 2 miles for every year so 2×63=126. His cycle computer read 128 and Viewranger 126 so that was it. However , we notice his track showed 125.5 mls.
He really is my Superman.



  1. He certainly IS a superman!

    • Yes but he feels tired now with an achy knee. Not surprised . Thanks for reading Julie as I know you are having it tough now.

  2. Do many locals cycle often in your area? It looks lovely with the old buildings in town.

    • Cycling is increasing in our town. It’s not such an old town compared to many in the UK.

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