Coast to Coast Day Four: All In a Dales Work

Keld to Osmotherly   Distance: 73.4Km – Moving Time: 3:24:38 (average: 21.5km/hour) – 661 metres of climbing Rest Day!  Sort of.  We still have an 73 km ride with 660 metres of elevation ahead of us, however, if you look at the profile, barring a tiny little bookend of climb at Osmotherly at the end, it’s down hill all the way.  Trouble is, we forgot … Continue reading Coast to Coast Day Four: All In a Dales Work

Coast to Coast Day Three: Yurt Not Going to Believe This

Troutbeck to Keld Distance: 83.5Km – Moving Time: 4:47:17 (average: 17.4km/hour) – 1,335 metres of climbing Packing the bikes ready for bike packing and gorging on another Full English aside, the day started with more crisscrossing of the A66, and a short, sharp uphill.  Despite being forewarned of this during yesterday’s pub visit, it still hurt, and as we passed the pub again, its disappointing … Continue reading Coast to Coast Day Three: Yurt Not Going to Believe This

Brian and the Yorkshire Three Peaks

According to the Met Office website, on the 21st of October 2017 the resulting weather system after the Hurricane Ophelia resulted in Storm Brian being given its name by Met Éireann.  As fate would have it, this was also the weekend that the combined schedules of myself and a friend had settled on weeks before to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks.  A weekend still within British … Continue reading Brian and the Yorkshire Three Peaks

August 2017 Monthly Babble: Five Peaks and a Zip Wire

London must have started spinning. Not only that, it must have started spinning at such a rate that it is has developed its own gravitation pull to such an extent that, on Friday 3rd August 2017, it was almost impossible to break free of the M25 Orbit. I managed to negotiate leaving work a whole 45 minutes early with the intention of getting away from … Continue reading August 2017 Monthly Babble: Five Peaks and a Zip Wire

Day 9 of being a local

Reeth to Colburn (13.2 miles / 121.5 miles) Solid caravan though it was, it was clear, from the constant rattling of the windows overnight, that the wind had picked up and reports coming in from those not lucky enough to be sleeping on a sofa were that the trees sounded as if they were going to become one with their tents at any moment. However, as was … Continue reading Day 9 of being a local

Day 8 of Mountain Bikers and Caravans

Keld to Reeth (12.4 miles / 108.3miles) It was a cold night last night with the clear skies of the evening going on long in to the early hours and beyond, resulting in temperatures dropping to just below the comfort level of my two season sleeping bag.  A couple of times I had to wake up and put an extra layer on, which isn’t at all easy, … Continue reading Day 8 of Mountain Bikers and Caravans

Day 7 of Cream Teas and Yurt Gardens

Kirkby Stephen to Keld (11.3 miles / 95.9 miles) Rather than overpay for the food offerings from the youth hostel, breakfast consisted of a protein and carb rich, highly nutritional Ginster’s Cornish Pasty from the local Co-op, where I was also able to stock up on supplies for the day to satisfy my craving for the good honest flapjack, for Alicia to get her hit of Caribbean Crush Lucozade, which … Continue reading Day 7 of Cream Teas and Yurt Gardens