A very cold but sunny day's ride was enjoyed by ten of us earlier today, I was joined by Jenny, Yvonne, Barbara, Glenys, Bernie, James, Mike, Peter Bradley and Richard.
We set off from Brompton Village green and rolled north easterly over the undulating (see ride profile) roads towards Crathorne. We were not the only cyclists out enjoying the fine weather as we came across several riders in the opposite direction.
We had a lovely day for the ride. Monday was awful, Tuesday was nearly as bad and Wedesdaay could not have been better. We met at the cafe in Hurworth and everyone got there early enough for a pre ride drink. A few of us had cycled in, From Darlington or Barton and we had 14 people for the ride.
Dufton was a weekend of two halves. The Saturday was glorious and we managed a 60 mile ride from Dufton to Talkin Tarn and back. The outward journey was into a cold headwind but we were blown back to the hostel.
The autumn colours were wonderful and the roads very quiet.
In thinking of ways to celebrate the Club's 50th Anniversary, Peter B came up with the great idea of 50 people cycling 50 miles on the anniversary of the founding of the Club. This was in addition to visiting 50 different cafes during the year which we easily achieved.
Cyclists arrived at Roots from Richmond, Northallerton and Darlington for a coffee stop before heading in a north easterly direction towards Hutton Rugby and Ingleby Greenhow to Kildale for a lunch stop. Before arriving here there had already been two mechanicals - Johnny with a snapped chain and John with a puncture. Suitably refreshed we knew the cycling was now going to get harder as we headed into the North York Moors - our planned destination being the Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge.
The first visit of the second round of Fifty Shades of Café got underway as part of the published ride I led on Saturday October 8th.
Fourteen members joined me in Northallerton (James, Barbara, Bernie, Mark, Jill, Yvonne, Jenny, Richard, Keith, Judith, Ken, Steve, Lyn and Pauline) and we set off up Scholla lane and out towards Kirby Sigston passing a unicyclist!! (We offered reduced membership)
The last time I led a ride to Thixendale only 3 people came on it so I wasn't expecting a great turnout. To my surprise 14 people arrived at Coxwold including Judy and Keith who we haven't seen for some time. We had to jostle for parking with the local football team and the Stcokton ramblers.
The unlucky number of 13 left East Layton, at the appointed hour. The bad luck had already happened by then as we would have been 15 but John and Maura's car was hit by a tractor emerging from a field on the way to the village. Thankfully no injuries but the car and one o