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.
What a beautiful day - it's good to be out on a bike.
Bernadine, Jenny, Barbara, Mick and I cycled from Bishop Auckland to Hamsterley and then by the minor road via Howlea Bridge to Wolsingham. The sky was clear, the air was still, and the scenery was magnificent radiating gold.
A great tea stop at the bakery (named after a Dickens character - Copperfield or Nickleby or the like) and then a stiff climb up to the outskirts of Tow Law.
Bernadine, Melanie, Barbara, Mick and I cycled from Richmond via Hudswell, Downholme, Preston under Scar and Redmire to Aysgarth Falls. The weather was cold, a strong wind blew against us, and the roads were icy in parts. We settled into the cafe at the National Park centre, took off several layers and were about to order when we discovered that the lavatories at the centre were out of use because of a blockage.
Carol & Steve’s Ride to Ulnaby Wednesday, 15th October 2014
Posted by Carol Charlton on 21 October 2014
Steve arrived at Nun’s Close Car Park in Richmond expecting to greet half a dozen cyclists. By the time the party left at 10.05a.m., the numbers had increased to 17 and after picking up Carol & Yvonne at Gilling West, we had a grand total of 19! Steve decided to split the party in two with James leading a faster and longer route.
The 100 Milers Charity Cycle Ride Saturday 13 September 2014
Posted by Lyn Rogers on 15 September 2014
On Saturday 13 September 2014 Pauline, Yvonne, Lyn, Peter, Steve completed a 100 mile cycle ride from Northallerton. For Pauline Yvonne and Peter it was the first 100 mile cycle ride they had ever completed so huge congratulations to them. Bernadine also joined us as far as Kirklington but had to be back home early so left us there but many thanks to Bernadine for her support and for getting up so early!!
Steve & Carol’s ride from Buttermere, Wednesday 13th August
Posted by on 17 August 2014
Our annual trip to the Lake District included a programmed ride on the Wednesday prior to our walk on the Thursday. Mark T was staying overnight to join us on both days. No doubt some were put off by the weather forecast but Anne Ballard arrived and was having none of this. In the event, we had a fine, breezy day!