A Grand Ride-Out

Today the forecast was for sunshine (an improvement on what was predicted on Friday) so what to do?  Gloss paint our front door or go for a ride? Now much as a love seeing a DIY job complete, there was really no contest.

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Our route out was by the direct easterly path shown above, which had us in Settle by 1030.  Time for tea – and for the lactose intolerant, something in place of cake – a bacon and black pudding butty 🙂  A fresh nappy for Weston Junior and it was time to hit the road again.  Since the first 17 miles had gone well we added a loop onto our return journey.  What a good move that was.  Whilst the climb took us to around 900 feet at Tosside, the gradient was always kind to us – good news when you are towing Junior in his trailer.  This proved a good spot for lunch.  Just a hamlet but with both benches and a loo.

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The views from Tosside and from the road linking this to Holden were simply stunning. The Forest of Bowland is a truly lovely place, but this exceeded the norm.

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In total the route was 37 miles, with just 1300 feet of height gain – finding a route as flat as this around here is an achievement in itself, but the gentle gradient up to 900 feet was icing on the cake given the views it afforded.  A great day…

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Random thoughts on life and the world from the perpective of a God-fearing, outdoor-loving, technically minded, drum-thumping neo-Lancastrian.
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