Steve led five of us from rural Appleton Wiske through urban Stockton and Hartlepool to the beautiful mouth of the river Tees.
We covered a flattish fifty-five miles of which over 60% was on designated cycle paths (some of which need further work) through the built up areas and along the river at Stockton-on-Tees where we stopped at the Tees Barrage cafe for a quick coffee. Continuing through Billingham to Greatham and the bird sanctuary at Saltholme for lunch.
Mark's ride on 13th March 2016 was the day of his 65th birthday, which turned out to be a beautiful spring day.The twelve riders who gathered at the start from Thirsk consisted of Mark, Mike, John, Paul, Mike, Peter & Pauline, Carol, Bob, Ann, Jenny and myself.
Mark managed to lead the whole route from memory, impressive for an OAP and occasionally "aided" by John referring to page 107 of the loose sheets from his road atlas.
We enjoyed a leisurely lunch at the Cascade Garden Centre at Bishop Monkton, followed by chocolate cake in honour of Mark's birthday.
On Wednesday 24th February, Liz led a ride to Scruton, with a healthy turn-out of 15 in total, including two new-comers, Sheila and Vicky. Besides Liz and myself, the other riders were Ken, Mark, Pauline, Carol, James, Barbara, John, Judith, Graham, Jenny, Yvonne and Peter C.
With all of the rides that were completed in the 1st quarter of this year included we have now reviewed 28 Cafes in total.
I know we award a prize for the person that completes the most rides each year, do we now need a 2nd award for the person that has reviewed the most cafes or do we all accept that this will be James Gravenor!
The league table is a little confusing with so many entries so I have included a top 10 for clarity. (Click on the smaller picture to Zoom in)
Nine riders met in Ravensworth and were able to enjoy a very pleasant ride with some almost dry but dirty lanes. The route took us through to Smallways where we crossed over the A66 then onwards to Whorlton. Across the A67 and a series of very nice, quiet roads via Little Newsham and Langton brought us to Piercebridge where we lunched at Sam Turners.
A short section of the busy Roman Road followed before we turned off to Manfield and Cleasby and then a short, sharp uphill led to Barton and a bit of a grind through to Melsonby.
A pop-up ride was prompted by a good weather forecast and to offer an alternative to Seathwaite for those unable to attend. Jenny also needed to get her 500 miles in before the month end and Majorca training beckons for some. Six of us set off from Masham (with 3 coming further from home), including 2 invited guests from Ripon Cycling Club to help set a faster pace.
For those hungry for the latest results please see the provisional results attached (one ride missing). Our initial round of visits is sorting out the "roasted" from the "instant" and currently we have four equal top cafes that have scored 30 out of the maximum 35.
It's early days yet but personally I am looking forwrd to the next few rounds.....
Photos from your cafe stops would be very welcome just email them to me and I can include in future updates.... (firstname.lastname@example.org)