Melanie, Jenny, Barbara and I set off from Gilling West at 8am. We only just made the start time Barbara having set our alarm for 6.45 in the evening rather than the morning and me falling down the step in the kitchen in my hurry to get out.
It could have been the prospect of cycling through beautiful dales landscapes in perfect weather, or the challenge of climbing both Fleet Moss and Park Rash in one day, that brought out 9 brave cyclists on this Wednesday ride.
We had an excellent bank holiday at the Loch Ken Activity Centre - thank you to Dave and Anne for organising the accommodation and to Helen for organising the food.
On Friday we cycled to Castle Douglas and some of us (having been advised by Paul that the road was surfaced) cycled back along the west bank of Loch Ken on a rough but beautiful track through a nature reserve.
On Saturday we cycled to Drumlanrig Castle across lonely moors and through forests. Bank Holiday - what bank holiday? There were very few people around.
Steve & Carol’s Ride from Scorton, Wednesday 1st April 2015
Posted by Carol Charlton on 2 April 2015
The weather forecast prior to this ride was poor – high winds, sleet & snow showers and very cold. However, the weather had improved somewhat and 10 of us met at Scorton to ‘fuel up’ for the ride. Steve had the obligatory bacon sandwich at Joan’s Cafe!
Bernadine was none too pleased when we started by climbing up Hurgill Road. She had only just descended it to meet us. The ride was billed as undulating but it bordered on hilly. The wind didn't help us on the way out. After a minor revolt at Greta Bridge it was decided to pacify the troops by stopping for coffee at the Moritt Arms. They were very accommodating. Barbara banned me from eating a tea cake and took the sugar cube out of Peter's cup - what a bossy boots. The coffee was very strong and fuelled us with caffeine for our climb up Teesdale to Eggleston Hall.
Only 30 miles but quite hard. A long climb into the wind through Tunstall and up the tank road. A fast descent to Hauxwell and Constable Burton and then a stiff climb up again. The wind then blew us to High Parks Gallery and Tea Room. After lunch we had an easier ride through Hunton and Hornby Park back to Catterick.
Carol did remarkably well on her first Club ride since she broke her leg.
After the snow and sleet of the day before it was nice to see the roads drying and the temperature rising. Nine of us left Ravensworth and headed for Gilling West along the particularly muddy, narrow lane. There were a few howls of protest about the climb up to the A66 but the ride down to Melsonby and Aldbrough compensated. Through to Eppleby and Winston without hitch, but some confused riders when we turned in the opposite direction from Barnard Castle.
They say the sun always shines on the righteous and that was certainly true on Saturday 7th February for my Charity Soup & Ride. Peter & I were joined by Yvonne, Jenny, Barbara, Liz, Bernie, James & Steve Rogers for a flat(ish) ride to Thirsk Garden Centre. After a week of ice & snow we started off in dry but overcast conditions. After about an hour Liz & I left the main group & returned home to prepare the lunch. By this time the sun had made an appearance and shone all afternoon. The others continued on for a brief refuelling stop at the Garden Centre after which Peter led them home via Upsall & Borrowby.
Bernadine, Yvonne, Ann, Peter (a new member) and James met in Laurels at Staindrop. Laurels original tea room is in Gainford where Arthur Stanley Jefferson (alias Stan Laurel) went to school at Gainford Academy. Unfortunately after putting a stone on over the winter period I felt more like Oliver Hardy.