Ride Reports

Saturday 3rd August 2019

A Ride - Kirkby Lonsdale -Paul Baillie
Due to low numbers and a request for an earlier start, 3 of us, me Rick and Michael left Scorton at 9.15 in warm sunshine for a nice long day in the saddle.

We scooped up Steve near Lancaster then headed on towards Wray and the Benthams. Steve left us near Melling and after a quick stop to buy more water at Bentham we were soon at Clapham where Mick turned round and headed back for Dad duty. Rick and I rode on through Horton and up to Ribblehead, then Newby Head before plunging down to Hawes. The benefits of being heavier meant 46mph without pedaling!

A left turn just before Hawes saw us on the road to Garsdale. After a few miles of up and down, we turned right for a mile or so of climbing before a long, long, long descent into Kirkby Stephen where we were pleased to see the PInk Geranium cafe had re-opened. Under new ownership now but eager to please and very chatty! Decent amount of beans too!

Full of beans, we tackled the long drag out of town without too much fuss and were soon on the fell road which takes you down to Sedbergh. Rain was forecast for later on and we could see dark clouds further South.

The bridge at Middleton was open so we cracked on to Kirkby Lonsdale and this is where the rain started. Only an isolated shower, but it seemed to be isolated just above our heads for ages! We were held up by a farmer crossing his cows on the main road somewhere near to Tunsall and it was here that Rick's mileage ticked over 100 meaning he had completed 100 miles 100 times! Pretty impressive!

By the time we were at Hornby, it had dried up so we just kept rolling onto Lancaster and along the Cockerham road where I turned for home.

Cracking day out and a top achievement for Rick. 100 100's is a cracking effort!

Garmin stats for me were 120 miles with 6700ft climbed at an average speed of 16.5mph

Top day out. https://www.strava.com/activities/2587447535

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