Well, I have managed to cycle nearly every day and in the early mornings the rain has held off – it hasn’t come until later in the morning when I am back home.
I continue to resemble a Christmas tree and have 9 lights about the bicycle and upon my person. I want to be seen so that no one can say they didn’t see me. As an example , I was crossing a light controlled crossing and there was chap coming towards me. He had a flashing helmet light on and was clearly visible. What I didn’t see until the last minute was a man in front of him, dressed in black with no lights and without any helmet. This is only my opinion, but that is an accident waiting to happen and he has no thought for hs family, friends and the driver who may one day hit him.
Anyway, riding along the river in daylight, I have noticed these purple, daisy like flowers and they are in quite an abundance. I have no idea what they are called but they are an autumn flower.
So Monday to Friday riding I amassed 45 miles so we were all set to go out riding Saturday morning and then it started raining. Bummer. I don’t mind riding in the rain , if it starts when I am already out but if I have to leave a nice, warm house , I can be put off. Luckily, by 11.00am , it dried up and we were off by 11.30am. We decided to ride over to Cozy Coffee and see the delightful owner Rosie.
So it was down to the river where we saw a canoe slalom event taking place. it went on all day and I took a photo of the automatic ramp that takes kayakers still in their boats back up to the top of the course.
Dodging competitors and crowds we rode along through Stockton on Tees and up across the market place, avoiding shoppers who had come out because the rain had abated. We rode on route 14 up to the crossing near Norton road and through Carlton and Redmire to Bishopton. I was really pleased with myself and was riding well. Then comes the steeper hill out of the village and I admit that DH did give me a bit of help , but I didn’t refuse his hand on my back. Once in Great Stainton , we turned right and then left signed Newton Aycliffe and rode along before turning off towards the village of Brafferton.
Rosie was delighted to see us , as we were her only cyclists on Saturday but the week before , people had to sit outside. We were snug inside her shepherds hut and had scrambled eggs on toast and hot chocolate. Then we rode down Harrowgate Hill to the outskirts of Darlington. We turned left and rode down into Great Burdon and got onto a cycle track that runs along to the A66. Here we went down under a tunnel to cross to the other side and then rode along to our usual way home, through the villages of Middleton St George, Long Newton and Elton where we had a brief stop. By now it was nearing 4.00pm so we made the decision to shorten the ride home as it was evident that the sun was dropping . I thought that if it was summer and we were cycle camping , I would be getting ready to pitch a tent. How I enjoy cycle camping and touring.
So that was 37 completed on Saturday and a total for the week of 84 miles.
I have worked out the year to date total and it is 3642 miles so I am edging closer to my target. Sorry I haven’t been able to post any photos. I don’t know why but I cannot get any photos to come through.