Family Cycle Club Update


Due to that orrible weekend it seems a while since our last Family Ride out.  Just a reminder that our next ride is on the 26th Feb.  Starting at the White House pub at 1400.  The ride is about 4 miles all off road so no cars to worry about.  Below is a map of the starting point.  Below that part of the route as the google wont plot the whole thing as the footpath back is not map-able, but basically it just cuts right across back to the start for a pint.  Hope to see ya’ll there.

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Family Cycle Club Moorings to The Shears Ride 29th Jan

The next ride is a real flat route, so if you have been umming and ahhring about getting on your bike this will be a good one to ‘cut your teeth’ and to get you started.

Meeting at the Moorings car park at 1400.  We will ride the canal towards Halifax.  This section is mainly tarmac and the destination is the The Shears Inn at Paris Gates.

The route is 3.6 miles to The Shears where we can enjoy some liquid refreshment before heading back.  3.6 miles back and we will have covered over 7 miles.

Non-drivers can take advantage of another refreshment stop at the end 🙂 If you wanted a real easy Sunday you have the local businesses in Sowerby Bridge to collect a take away and bottle of wine to reward yourself once you get home and get the fire on.

If you want to attend join our group on Strava and click ‘I’m In’ 🙂

Family Cycle Club Advice Ride for Longdendale Trail on the 15th Jan

Some Guidance Advice

To see images of the trail please read my previous post.
  • Getting there is going to take about an hour, so allow enough time to get there for 1400.
  • Use the google map link below and your phone/sat nav should give you a better idea on where the carpark is located.

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  • The path is flat but does have some gradients that are shallow and short.
  • The path is very sandy so be prepared for lots of grating and grinding noises coming from your bikes and spray on your clothes.
  • The weather tomorrow is meant to be very wet.  Wrap up to keep warm and dry!
  • Halfway at the turning point we are stopping for tea/coffee/sweets from our van but feel free to bring as much food/drink and bribery food you think your family needs 🙂
  • As you will be getting very sandy/muddy/wet I would suggest bringing a change of clothes.
  • After we have finished the ride and got back to the cars we are going to drive back over Holme Moss and stop at The Fleece Inn for a drink if anyone would care to join us you will be more that welcome.

See you on Sunday 15th January at 1400.

Day 36: Canada to Mexico

Day 36:  Cycling Canada to Mexico
From Long Beach to San Clemente
48 miles
When we got to our warm showers host last night we had our showers, washed our clothes and because we had the house to ourselves and we did not want to go routing through cupboards we used our stoves on the garden table to cook our tea.
Because of the heat you really feel like you get that beautiful sleepy tiredness that only comes when you have spent a good day in the great outdoors.  Because of this we were ready for bed at about 2100.  
We were sort of turning in for the night when Karen came home and it was nice to make our introductions that night.  
Karen showed us some videos that her partner Carl had made on his trips.  He is currently touring round all the grass green bowling clubs in the USA.  He has a few more weeks to go before he is back home.  Carl is not that up on technology so Karen updates his blog and documents his trip from home.
In the morning we tucked into some beautiful food that Karen had brought home the night before, she introduced the lads to Vegimite.  Now these lads are self confessed hunan trash cans, but I think they even found their limit with the Vegimite 😉
We completed the journal for Karen and Carl and we were guest numbers 37, 38 and 39.  WOW!  Thank you so much guys!
We had our photo taken with the statue outside, it is of a 50’s health guru, I forget his name now, Jack  his is first name……..
We set off and it was hot beaches all day long, beautiful.  We went through Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and Capistrano Beach before arriving in San Clemente.  We had our lunch at a burger place in Newport it was really nice.
When we got to the campsite we set up and I had to start using up some of the food I have left because this is the last night of camping.  So I had pasta with pesto and tuna,  but with dried fruit and nuts.  It was bloody gorgeous!
We walked down to the beach to see the sunset.  Now I know we will probably see the sunset in San Deigo before we all part ways, but this one was nice.  It was just me Eugene and Gab on a rock in this small town called San Clemente.  We just stood and watched all the different colours unfold before our eyes.  I could not help think how this is just as beautiful to witness as the Northern Lights but we take it for granted because everyday the sun comes up and goes down.  We stood there not saying anything for quite a while.  Then Gab started wondering if he was dreaming because it felt so peaceful.  Then we started taking about the trip and how it seems like it is a new way of lfe.  When I think back to the first day, leaving Vancouver in the rain, wondering what the hell I was doing, that seems like about five years ago, it feels like it was a different person that set off that day.

On the way to watch the sunset Eugene asked me if I was feeling nostalgic about the trip.  I said I would probably start to feel sentimental on the last day or when I am flying home on the plane.  We made our way back to the tents over some sand dunes.  Getting into my tent Eugene is playing soothing chords on his guitar.  I turn to him and say, “Eugene now it feels nostalgic!”.  

Day 35 Canada to Mexico

Day 35:  Canada to Mexico

Leo Corillo to Long Beach

70 miles / 1500ft Assent

Well can I say “Long Beach, Baby!”

Today we set off knowing that we were going to be back to the 60-70 mile mark having done a few easy days to make sure Carl was in LA to meet his flight without having to hang around.

There were quite a few hills at first and the assent is above the virtual flat that we had been on the last few days, still nothing to trouble someone that cycles around Yorkshire.  But the heat, it was hot hot hot right from the off today, you defo know you are in California now!!!

We went through Venice Beach and people had told us about the unusual sights and they were correct, there is a right mix of people in this area.

We stopped to get some things at a supermarket for our lunch and to make tea later.  This is when Carl left us to get a bike box and head back to the hotel he had booked.

Me and the lads stopped at a beautiful beach and made our sarnies, nothing can beat food on on the road, it just tastes so damn good.  The pasta with tuna and tinned veg that I make most nights is just amazing.  And I always look forward to my porridge with dried fruit and dark chocolate in the morning.

If you look at the photos I am always impressed by how quiet the beaches appear to be.  It was obvious that would be tha case up the coast but since Santa Barbara there has always been a city right up to the beach and yet they are not packed at all and it is a Saturday and bloody hot.

We have a warmshower host for tonight in Long Beach.  Her name is Karen I met her partner, Carl, on the road and he told me I should make contact and if Karen is free she may host us.  She is busy so she told me where the key would be hidden.  She left instructions for the washing machine, WiFi etc and told us to make ourselves at home.  I will repeat, a total stranger has given us the key to their beautiful house in Long Beach and we have been provided with the luxury of clean clothes, showers and a nice relaxing place to sleep.  Murdock said that he would have to do the same as well because he is a fireman he might have to be called away, so he said he would let people in his house if he was not there.  Can you believe the trust and kindness that is in the cycle touring community, it blows my mind away.  Thank you Karen and Carl and all the other hosts I have stopped with along the route.  You are all inspirational and make me want to help others out in a similar fashion.

Tomorrow we ride to 50 miles or so to camp at San Clemente State Beach Park, more camping on the coast 🙂 then we have another 55 miles to a warmshower host called Julie in San Diego, then the trip is complete.  I will blast down to the border on my own whilst Eugune and Gab are sorting their bikes and I will meet back up with them when I return from the border to have a final meal before we all depart between the 26th and the 28th.  Gab is going back home to Uni, Eugene is going to ride further in to South America hopefully going to Costa Rica and me back to Halifax.

Five days left.  Lets enjoy and savour every moment and look at the beauty there is in everything!!!!