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.
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’ 🙂
Some Guidance Advice
- 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.
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!!!!
Total Miles = 316
It nearly had my bloody leg that damn dog!!
I got up at about 0730 to make sure I caught Noreen before she went to work I had to say a big thank you for hosting me. The food she cooked was lovely, I had my clothes washed and dried and the guest room was so comfy I had the best nights sleep I can remember in a long time. I suppose the setting of the house all went to make it a peaceful experience. Bob made me a super breakfast, oatmeal, pastries and coffee, fruit for the journey. I wrote in the journal they keep of all the people they host for. We went outside for final photographs then I was on my way. I am meeting so many lovely people through this http://www.warmshowers.org experience, if the world was full of people like this we would not have any problems as all. I have got a host for the next two nights then I am camping for about seven nights.
It was one of those days which was all about getting you head down and turning the pedals. The weather was not good again, which means the wind was also blowing from the south (against me) which was a bit annoying. All the forecasts are saying that it is going to start to get much nicer which means the wind should blow the way it is meant to at this time of year.
Everybody though is talking about the weeks of 90 degree heat they have had to endure so they were quite grateful for this bit of rain they have had. Everybody is also telling me about the scenery I am going to see on the next part of the trip. “Blow my mind” they say. I say “it has already been blown”.
I have come across a few barking dogs, but normally they stop at the end of their drive or garden. As I was going past this one drive there were two huge dogs. They were not even barking, but I caught the eye of one of them and it started to chase and bark. Luckily I was in the correct gear and I got my legs a spinning. Sometimes, even on the flat, to give my arse a rest I might get into a harder gear so I can stand up for a minute of so, if I had been doing that at that point the dog would of had my leg, if I had been going up an hill the dog would have had my leg, if the dog was coming out of a drive on my side of the road he would of had my leg. He meant business! But I managed to get up to full speed quickly and I seas impressed that I could out sprint it with my luggage, but I was worried about which one of us was going to get tired first. He lost that one 🙂
I got to my new hosts in Centralia and met David and his partner Ardeth. They have been really nice. I got a shower and they made a nice meal. Looking around the house I spotted a picture of a bear and I was told that it is a photo their neighbour took of a bear that keeps on pestering the trash can……. umm, nice to know, but I keep on getting told about the other stuff that is going to me more of a pain, particularly, down south, the cocky racoons that will go through your bags and every else to get what they want. David is going to sort me out with some breakfast at about 0700 in the morning because I have a long day tomorrow, it is going to be an 80 miler with a fully stacked bike. Not many pictures today, as stated above, this was just a day about ‘getting there’.
The nice weather and the vistas are just around the corner.
Total Miles = 80
Well got up early feeling a bit rough from my beer session the evening before but just had to get up and get on with it.
I packed my stuff and loaded Lucile. This was the first time I put all my stuff on her and she weighs a ton. A lot more than what she weighed in France. The problem is I have not brought hardly any clothing items, but I have brought the laptop, additional cameras and all the leads. The bike is not that bad without that stuff each pannier is very light. But get the rucksack across the top with the expensive gear in and it is shocking. When I just put the pack on my back it weighs we down. It is that heavy I would not even go walking with it on my back. So next tour I have a few ideas to help this situation.
- Idea Number 1: Get one of those BOB trailers. If I have the cash left at the end of the trip I might get one over here and bring it back cause they are about 200 notes cheaper.
- Idea Number 2: Don’t bring a laptop instead bring a iPad or a macbook air. And maybe one less camera.
- Get some different forks that allow you to have panniers on the front wheel as well to help distribute the weight.
Total Miles = 16
Well got up quite early and got ready. Set the co-ordinates in the GPS for both MET the outdoor shop and Stanley Park. Then set off. The first time on Canadian roads. Back home I am a confident cyclist and traffic does not intimidate me. I have to admit I was not like that here until about half way through the day. To start with there is this big highway running right outside the hotel and I did not even know if I was legal to ride on it, turns out it was fine and I can ride on anything that has a speed limit of up to 80kph. Obviously want to avoid anything like that, but it is good to know.
The weather was not good, very cloudy. I stopped off for a breakfast and everything and I am trying it hard to find anything unhealthy on any menu I have seen. I went for this protein box which consisted of boiled egg, oat bread, peanut butter, grapes, apple cheddar cheese. Umm lovely my kinda breakie!
I found the outdoor store MET, it is my ideal shop! It has everything! I was trying to find a reason why I would need to dragged an inflatable kayak around in a cycle trailer. Surprising common sense prevailed and I kept the credit card in its holster, now if you know me let me repeat that….. I demonstrated normal behaviour, common sense, crazy!
I bought my sleeping bag about £100 for a duck down, less that 1kg and volume size of 5L. You got a bag with it but it did not compress it so I had to buy a compression sack as well. All the cycling stuff was amazingly cheap and could of got well and truly kitted out to look like Darran Jugroop on my bike 🙂
He fixed my bend rotor for 10 dollars and I went up to Stanley Park had a ride around the trails. It is a lovely park saw a few signs saying ‘Rabies Alert’ got to watch out for those darn Racoons. Got me thinking though, were I meant to have shots before coming here?
Then I felt like I wanted a beer. Only the one. I wanted a nice water front bistro type of place and I asked people for that requirement. They directed me to this street that was like Blackpool, no thanks. I gave it a miss and headed off back to the hotel. Whilst on the water front I saw a restaurant and people were sat out having a beer. So just like last year in France it is the restaurants where it all happens.
The one pint turned into more, but you get served a pint of water for every pint of beer, I like that idea. Whilst I was sat outside I saw lots of cyclists. I need to get used to this tipping thing over here. When I was sat at the bar the waitress who was very beautiful said those words every single bloke wants to hear. “I get off in ten minutes so” ………………. shit I thought what do I do? We have been nicely chatting, but I did not know it had come to this, did I read it wrong? But then came the put down …………. “So do you want me to transfer your tab?” I did not understand this transfer the tab, but it is all down to their tips. I should of cleared my bill, given her a tip and then started a new tab, or thats what I think I should of done. But I did not, I said “Yes transfer it please”. To be given a weird look, it was at that point that I realised I should of done the other. Or just given her a tip, but I did not have any hard cash on me. All a learning curve!
I left the bar and on the way back I got a view of the mountains with some attractive cloud cover. I needed picture so I went chasing them. Got my pictures, but on the way I found the kind of bar I was after, so I popped in and had a couple more. I was riding back on a trail so everything was safe.
I got back to the hotel, dumped my stuff and went to the food place next door for my tea.
Realisations Of The Day (ROTT)
- This city love their dogs, they are walking them everywhere
- The bigger the guy the smaller the dog
- I love this city it is really cool
- Once you are sat somewhere looking at the view, doing as you please. Trust me it all becomes very clear. I love cycle touring and if you are interested you need to jump on board the touring train! It is a really cool experience not having any plans just the open road to chew on!