Monday, 30 May 2016

A tough day...or at least for my poor derriere; 60 miles from Thirsk to Doncaster. Having said that it has not been a difficult ride. We left in very misty, damp weather, setting off in the direction of York ( we hoped). The plan was to go off piste and try to use the Route 65, the Transpenine cycle route. However, this was not programmed in to the Garmin....who naturally sulked and was given a rest. This meant we were pedalling on trust and indeed found ourselves taking a wrong turning as we faced the very steep climb to the North Yorkshire Moors.Luckily we were still at the foot so that was quickly rectified. From then on it was a lovely ride through very quiet roads and through little villages, many with attractive old houses. We passed Newburgh Priory - a gorgeous looking stately home that had once been a priory until the Dissolution ...but no time to linger. Then Crayke Castle rather incongruously perched on the top of its hill. Arriving in York in time for lunch was a success and the opportunity for a breather. However, we decided that getting to Doncaster without too much delay was important. This did not prevent us following Route 65 to Selby..well worth it, a smooth cycle track away from the traffic of the A19. There were other cyclists and plenty of families out walking; a social route. It also meant we reached Selby in good time then pushed on to Doncaster, this time following the main road. And here we are on time and on the way. Tonight we have gone "basic" for our stay. Nothing can fault the welcome but I certainly feel the hotel website is optimistic in its descriptors. Never mind. A glass of wine and all will seem fine!.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear that you're starting to navigate on "feel": much more fun! And wouldn't a trip over the North Yorkshire Moors [not Dales] been wonderful, with Scarborough a far finer destination than Doncaster.