Two girls plan an Adventure…
The Way of the Roses.
I like to plan my own rides and where I cycle having already ridden several Sustrans routes since I began cycling in 2007. Tina knew someone on the island who had ridden the new Sustrans route – Way of the Roses and she wanted to do this ride. Well, why not? It will be a good start for Tina, a ride to cut her teeth on so to speak.
Initally we were cycling it in one direction, but no... that isnt much of a challenge simply to ride from A to B and train it back. As we were cycling Way of the Roses in 2 days, we might as well ride back to the boat too. That way, Tina gets her wish – to ride a C2C and I get my way, to plan the return trip. Err.... and of course its an opportunity to get my April Audax GPS done too....
I have been caught out before by some of the 'off road' sections that Sustrans offer, and it was decided that we would miss the 17 miles of 'off road' on the Way of the Roses. I was taking Hettie-Hetchins, and there is NO way I wanted to cycle her for 17 lumpy, bumpy, puncture filled miles. Hetchins is, and always will be a road bike. No half measures. So when I found the route directions on the Way of the Roses site, I copied it into my SATMAP, and found lanes that by-passed the rough grassy bits.
The web site, has a very useful list of accommodation, and in January (I do plan these things early!), I set about finding B&B's. Not that easy, as there were few that would take bookings for just one night. The general cost of living I know has risen since last summer, and I was a bit surprised at the rates these days for B&B as well. But thankfully, I found a place at Pateley Bridge that would give us twin accommodation that we could afford for one night. The second night's stop we are cycling beyond the end of the Rose's ride, by completing the stretch across England to Flamborough on the very very east coast. Why end the ride in Bridlington when for another 7 miles we could get to the most easterly point from Heysham docks.
The return ride, is going to be beautiful. I purposely chose to ride to my brother's house in Cumbria, and we would be doing this via Herriot Country, staying near Leyburn for the return break, before tucking into a hearty Cumbrian dinner at my brother's cottage, before the ferry journey back to the Isle of Man.
Well. We have a week to go. That is just 6 sleeps! Can you tell how excited I get? Not slept well for the past two nights and we still have 6 to go! Butterflies in my tummy going round and around. I do look forward to a cycle tour.
Hettie had a total service yesterday, wash and polish, brakes checked, nuts and bolts tightened, lights checked and new batteries pushed into place. She is now locked up ready to go until Saturday morning when I cycle off to the ferry to meet up with Tina. My bags are nearly packed too, (cycling stuff is at least).
Well, I will publish a nice blog of the trip once Tina and I are back. Fingers crossed Mr Sunshine comes along to join in the fun too (and hoping he does not bring along his side-kick Mr Strong Winds, unless he's behind us of course).