Snug in our beds tonight – then to Brid

It was good to arrive home in York as the three of us cycled along the Ouse Cycle Path from Skelton. We agreed to meet up again at 9am ready for the last day of the ride from York to Bridlington. It’s not too late to sponsor us
We’ve taken a few pictures along the way – here are a few of them.


Setting off in Burnsall

Ed arrives near the summit of Greenhow Hill

Joan isn’t far behind


Leaving Ripon after lunch – the fine weather didn’t last long.

Ed at Home Farm Coffee Shop Beningborough

The intermittent heavy rain this afternoon seems to have put off anyone who intended to ride with us from Beningborough. It didn’t dampen our spirits though and the excellent hot drinks at Home Farm Cafe on the estate were just the ticket as we took our afternoon break, just 9 miles from home – even though we are 69 miles from the end of our ride which continues tomorrow.

Camera cannot capture what my eyes can see from here

It’s lunchtime. Your intrepid cyclists are in Ripon – just about half way between Morecambe and Bridlington.

The first view from Brimham Rocks

There have been some great climbs and long descents on the way here through Pateley Bridge, passing Brimham Rocks and Fountains Abbey.
It rained as we sat down for lunch but the sun’s shining now ready for our afternoon ride to York, via Boroughbridge, and Beningborough Hall.

On our way to York

After a fabulous breakfast Ed puts a few strokes of air into his tyres before we head off for Ripon and then York. After a few miles we stretched our muscles and prayed and turned our bikes towards the ascent of Greenhow hill. We’re half way up now and a few layers have been removed. The spectre of Stump Cross is ahead. Keep donating.

Arrived in Burnsall

Arrived in Burnsall wet cold and weary. The rain came down in torrents for the last 12 miles or so which made the last few hills seem very long. The cottage we are staying at is very comfortable. The heating is on, loads of hot water. Showers, bath, dry clothes – they all contribute to the revival of our spirits.
Earlier today as we reached the top of the long incline out of Settle the sun caught the distant hills. It’s moments like that that make the climb worthwhile.


Lunch in Settle

The Way of the Roses is strewn with thorns – and one of them punctured Ed’s front tyre – thankfully just as the rain stopped. The rain had siled down for the first few hours of the ride and we navigated our way along wet country lanes where hawthorne hedges had been recently flailed -littering the roadway with thorns.
So we fitted an inner tube, pumped hard and carried on our way.
The rain had already caused a diversion. An angel stood in the road and warned us to go to Wray a different way because the fields were flooded a few miles ahead. If not an angel then she was a local cyclist who was driving past saw us and guessed where we were heading. She stopped and advised us to take the main road instead.
So now we’re sitting down in the warm of the Naked Man Cafe in Settle waiting for hot food before tackling the toughest climb of the ride. 20 miles from here to out night stop in Burnsall.
We’re all doing well – in fact we’re loving it.


At the wet start

We’re in Morecambe. It’s raining and we’re already very wet. Now to head east to see what’s in store for us.


Training finished – now let’s head for the hills


The last training rides are complete and Ed, Barrie and Joan will be heading off to Morecambe by train early on Saturday morning to start The Way of the Roses. The 170 mile bike ride ends in Bridlington and by the time they arrive there they will have added the contributions of many sponsors to the coffers of Restore.

The weather forecast isn’t good. There will be winds and heavy showers on the day they set off, so the waterproofs will almost certainly be out. The wind may be a blessing as they are riding west to east – that’s with the prevailing winds.

They will be updating this site and Facebook along the route – so keep coming back – and if they sound weary perhaps a quick encouragement on Facebook or Twitter or even few extra pounds on the sponsorship will keep their spirits up.

Thank you for your interest in our work – keep up the support – people who are housed by Restore will thank you too. —

The First Restore Charity Bike Ride

The route

The Way of the Roses

Ed, Barrie and Joan have accepted the challenge of the long distance cycle route called The Way of the Roses. It winds 170 miles across Lancashire and Yorkshire from Morecambe to Bridlington. They set off on Saturday 17th September 2011 and plan to reach Bridlington by the end of Monday 19th.

You can speed them on their way by sponsoring them on their ride. Click here to give.

Find out more about The Way of the Roses route [Read more…]

Be part of it

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