This morning we were up early to take DS2 to catch a coach for a weekend trip and so weren’t too sure what we were going to do today.
We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and , as I had a pain in my calf for a few days we decided not to have a long ride. However , it did feel so much better, so we decided we would ride over to Thornaby and Stockton and then decide how I was doing.
We had only got to the end of Cambridge Road , when I spotted a couple of obvious cycle tourists. Well being an inquisitive, nay nosey girl, I had to stop and chat. They had been staying in a nearby hotel and wanted to get on a road to Whitby. They come from Belgium and are cycling from Inverness to London. Yesterday had been a bit of a trial for them, as they got lost trying and failing to get through Sunderland following NCN1. It can be a bit complicated in Ryhope and they found themselves in Seaham with no more signage. They were thinking of riding the A171 but on a sunny Saturday morning, that road can be filled with fast moving traffic and as they had a map we were able to show them NCN52 , a much quieter and scenic route.
However, we weren’t going to just leave them to find the way , so, as others have done for us , we rode with them taking them on cycle routes up to Nunthorpe and putting them on to the route to Great Ayton.
Good Luck Isla and Pete.
We then went down through Thornton and Stainton before heading in to Thornaby and buying chicken and leek sausage from a lovely butchers and then along to Stockton market for our locally produced eggs.
Unkown to us, Stockton was having a cycling festival and we saw a couple of friends who had taken part in a Sportive.
When we got home , we found we had cycled more than 25 miles , so for a short ride we had a lovely morning and my leg feels alright.