TwoLegsTwoWheels

A record of my cycling trips in Britain and abroad

Nov
16

Who says it’s November?

Ok, it’s cold, and recently it’s been frosty in the mornings - but the afternoons have been really sunny for the most part. I rode up to Almscliffe Crag the other day; the photos make it look like summer! This is a really nice part of the world to cycle in, I think. There are enough roads that you can head off without worrying about either getting lost or ending up on a major road, there’s not too much traffic, and it’s just the right level of hilliness to make the ride enjoyable without being too taxing.

Oct
06

Return to cycling!

I’ve just spent a little over a month in Cameroon, on an Engineers Without Borders project. Cameroon isn’t a country noted for it’s cycling, and in any case I didn’t take a bike with me. As a result, I’ve just spent the longest time I can remember without sitting on a bike - longer than last year, after I broke my ankle; possibly even the longest break I’ve had since I first sat on a bike with stabilisers.

I went for a ride today, and it was good to be back in the saddle! It wasn’t far - just 10 miles or so around the local roads to get the feel of things again. After a month off I’m feeling pretty unfit!

I had a great time in Cameroon though, despite the lack of cycling; if you’re interested, I’m planning to write up a blog of my time in Cameroon here.

Aug
30

The Trans-Pennine Trail (TPT)

The Trans-Pennine Trail, Leeds to Sheffield section
(also known as Sustrans route 67)

Distance: very approximately 80 km from my house (about 10 km north of Leeds centre) to Sheffield

I’ve ridden this bit of the Trans-Pennine Trail (or TPT, as it’s shortened to on some signs) twice now; and neither time has been hugely succesful! It’s not that my rides have been unsuccessful, but both times it’s taken me much longer than expected. The first time, I put this down mostly to getting lost, which happened a few times, and having to stop to check the map frequently. The second time, I knew where I was going, and tried to keep moving quickly, but I didn’t manage to go much faster overall.
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Jun
21

The North East coast: Broomhill to Cullercoats

Total distance: approx. 43 km each way

My parents have just moved to Broomhill, a small village in Northumberland. It’s about a mile inland, just south of Amble, where I’ve sailed to and from a fair few times with my dad, and 10 miles or so north of Morpeth. My parents moved at the end of May, and I spent a couple of weeks helping them move: lots of unpacking, and a lot more gardening (mostly clearing weeds, and digging out space for, and putting up, a garden shed).
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Jun
21

An update

Ok, it’s been a long time since I wrote anything on here. Far too long. Sorry! I have a few rides to write about: day rides around the UK, in the North East and South Yorkshire. I’ll go backwards in chronological terms, starting with a ride from Broomhill to Cullercoats via Sustrans route 1.