Weekly News 14/03/22 to 20/03/22

HCC Sunday Social Cafe Ride

The Sunday rides are subject to meticulous planning. Every detail is considered regarding the route and the destination. And this Sunday was no exception. Steve S, Steve A, Sean, Peter and Matt where at the Golden Lion for 9:00 as arranged for the starting time, all as planned. Matt who had already done a ride up to Easington and back was sat eating his second breakfast and was now keen for his second bike ride of the day.  But just as we set off Peter got a call from Steve B, who was on his way to join us. There was nothing about that in the plan, so arrangements had to be made there and then. Which meant waiting for him on the A179. Nothing about that in the plan.
What was in the plan however was the expectation of some sunny dry weather. And with the wind behind us on the way to Trimdon and beyond the plan was coming together again.
The route went up to Kirk Merrington then straight back down again towards Old Eldon and Newton Aycliffe. But now it was a headwind and very noticeable. Matt had plotted a route on his Garmin to get us through Newton Aycliffe but Steve B was well at the front and lead us in a different direction, taking in the delights of the trading estate. However the roads were not busy that way and we got back to where we were heading and the hill up over the A1 towards Great Stainton and the planned cafe stop at Brafferton.
Sean had been asking ‘are we there yet’ all the way through Aycliffe so you can imagine his disappointment when we discovered the cafe was shut!! That wasn’t in the plan. So what to do now? Find a pub and fast as Sean was in a major sulk. Unfortunately the timing was all wrong as well, it was still too early for pubs to open. But by the time we got back to Wolviston they would be so the Welly was now to be the cafe/pub stop.
So after some beer Sean’s sulk had eased and all we had to do was get back along the A689 into the gusty headwind.
Around 50 miles at a steady average
I love it when a plan comes together.