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.
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.
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.
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.....
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