Well today has been the best day of the week. I have cycled in wind , rain, freezing fog and frost but today the forecast was for cloudy with a bit of sun. So as I had only managed 41 miles for the week , DH and I decided to ride across to Northallerton. I even had to take off one layer and wear sunglasses as the temperature rose to 9C which for January is more like spring.
The ride across to Northallerton was our usual route through Yarm and then up to Kirklevington and along Forest lane towards Worsall tollbar where we turn left and follow the road through Appleton Wiske, Deighton and Brompton before riding into our destination. The fields still show signs of flooding and standing water and the roads are potholed and water logged in places and so we had to take care often riding in the centre of the road. We noticed that many of the hedge bottoms had been cleared to try to have somewhere for the water to drain away to. The wind was blowing from the SW and it was a slog in to a headwind the whole way. Usually the ride takes us about 2 hrs but today it was more like 3. Still not to worry, the roadies buzzed past us , whizzing along on their lightweight road bikes. We were on our solidly built Koga Randonneurs. Not fast but are bomb proof.
I also called into Boyes and got some cotton to back a quilt I am working on. So onto the return journey and we decided to just retrace out route. We stopped in the bus shelter in Brompton and unfolded out wonderful Helinox chairs and I had intended to make cheese toasties but discovered I had forgotten the frying pan, duh! So it was cheese sandwiches and hot oxo – very frugal and its lovely to chat to local people. So it wasn’t much of a picnic but we almost flew back with the wind behind us and we had fun.
So my mileage for the week was 88.6 miles and I am pleased with that .