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.
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.