Well, again we had another Atlantic storm sweep in from the west, causing difficult riding conditions earlier in the week. This one was called Imogen and it mainly hit the south of the country but its effects were not quite so bad here in the north east. Surprisingly, we are still seeing all sorts of flowers blooming at the same time – much earlier than usual, I have noticed trees in bloom too, blackthorn, a few cherry and other shrugs I can’t identify. When I was riding on Wednesday, it was petals on the ground that drew my attention to the trees.
On Friday, I had a whole day off work and by chance it just happened to be a decent day weatherwise, so it was decided to take the whole day for riding, Earlier in the week, J de B had mentioned that she had ridden over to Brafferton and went to a small café there. Now, we don’t usually go to cafes but because it was a cold frosty day, I decided to head for there. It is called Coffee Cozy.
What a delight!! Rosie, the sole proprietor, has had a traditional Shepherds hut constructed by her husband Stuart. This has a metal chassis with wheels and a wooden hut type construction on top. One end has a fully fitted but compact kitchen including a full size oven and sink and a tiny little hand washing sink to comply with catering regulations.
In front of this is a serving counter, to separate it from the 3 little tables and a tiny woodburning stove in the corner and a lovely little round stained glass window in one end.
When were arrived , it was almost full with 5 people in there!! It was very friendly and we were invited to sit at a table with 2 ladies and we had a good bit crack with them and laughed and laughed the whole time we were there. They are local people and go there regularly as everything is made by Rosie and is delicious. We has beef and onions with gravy in a bun , hot chocolate and I had home made chocolate cake. The other ladies had Victoria sponge cake but there were other cakes and home made scones too.
Over in the corner of the field , is a very nice toilet but only accessible with a code that Rosie supplies . She also has hook-ups for people who want to stay there campervans but allows tents too. Also outside there is a covered picnic table and some other tables and chairs so there is plenty of room for more to enjoy Rosie’s beautiful, tasty food and drink.
We were there about an hour before leaving and cycling down through the village and on to Coatham Mundeville and up on to the main road. I was delighted to find that a cycle track has been installed all the way down through Harrowgate village and down into Darlington. We didn’t continue down North Road but turned left and rode down Whinfield way on the road but then in Great Burdon village, the cycle track commences again and took us along to the turning for Sadberg, alongside the A66. In Sadberg village we turned right and down the hill, under the A66 and on to Middleton St George and then through Middleton One Row. I was a bit apprehensive because of the climbs going that way, but I needn’t have worried. I cracked both hills without getting off to walk – woohoo.
We stopped to look at the new entrance to friend C’s field. Not content with riding the shortest way home, we returned along the river resulting in a 48 mile day.
Saturday’s forecast was for wintry showers, so we decided to have a short ride only – just along the river and back. It was dry and sunny at first but as we retuned the cold rain began to fall and then became heavier so we arrived home damp and chilly. So this week’s cycling has resulted in 103 miles