Brompton: Training for the E2E
An early start from home saw us at Brompton on time. Just as we were about to leave Keith arrived and joined us for the convoluted route to Bedale via an aborted attempt to get along the Aiskew lane at the A1 road works. The traffic was very heavy all the way since the main Northallerton-Leeming road was flooded. A coffee stop was required to recover, to which no objections were raised even though the Richmond set had just had one. The route to Ripon was sunny all the way through Masham, Grewelthorpe, etc and still warm when we got to the Spa Gardens for lunch, where James joined us having cycled from Harrogate.
We got lost on the way out of Ripon and ended up cycling along the A61 main road for a couple of miles before picking up the route again at Hutton Conyers. We decided to bypass Bedale and go straight to Leeming where we caught the end of the 1940's weekend, a very noisy demonstration of a Spitfire engine and another cup of tea. Here we parted for the returns to Richmond and Brompton respectively. Keith had a puncture and insisted we leave him behind, but he must have taken the main road thereafter as he had gone when Lyn, James and I got to Brompton. Back up the hill to Osmotherley and we had done 85 miles - good training for our E2E.