19 August 2022

Another spin around a couple of Co Durham old railway lines

 


Todays loop was a shorter one taking in two of Co Durham's old railway lines. The first line was from Broompark to Crook then the road over the tops to Willington to pick up the Bishop Auckland to Broompark line at the Coop. The lines are still bone dry and dusty. We have still not had any rain despite the forecasters keep saying its going to rain. There was a few others out about about enjoying the mixed bag of weather from sun, cloud, overcast, wind and a few very fine spits of rain. Below are a few snaps from the ride. All in 17.25 miles with 1000ft of climbing. Enjoy and hopefully more soon- 










Chain jumped off the front ring just before Brandon, oily fingers time!



17 August 2022

Ride of two halves up to Parkhead, Weardale on the C2C

 


Todays ride was back to normal conditions for here in Co Durham. The forecasted thunder storms and three days of rain never come. At the most we had some heavy drizzle which was on and off. which was just enough to dampen the ground in places. Todays ride was a lovely simple out and back taking in two of Co Durham's old railway lines. It was cool heading off up to Consett with the Garmin dropping to single figures. It warmed up a little when I was on the moors heading towards Parkhead. My feet were not touching the pedals and I was flying. Once I turned at the top I can understand why, I had a massive headwind on the way back down. The lines were lovely and quiet going up but a few more out and about on the way back down. Once I reached Lancheter on the return leg the sun was beating down and the temperature shot up to 17 degrees so I had to stop and remove my arm warmers. All in 40 miles on the nose with only 1600ft of climbing. Below are a few snaps from the ride, enjoy and hopefully more soon- 
































14 August 2022

Northumberland Classic & Sports Car Show (Corbridge) 2022

 


I found this car show on Facebook a few weeks ago and thought if it was a fine day we would have a look through as it was only at Corbridge. Angus & Arran were both working so it was just me and Jane. We had not pre booked our tickets so just rocked up at the gate. We were going to park in the public car park but the bloke on the gate said he wanted us to park in the show field! It was £8.50 on the day and followed the marshals and got parked up. We had a wander around the stalls and picked up a few tools, bits n bobs then had an ice cream. The show field was set out very well and loads of space between the rows and between the cars. There was a great display of all types and ages of vehicles. There was food and drink vendors and most were very reasonably priced for a change. The club house was also open on the show field. 
Once we had a walk around most of the show we headed back to the car for dinner and a cuppa, it was red hot and sunny with no shade on the field. I decided to open the bonnet and the amount of people looking and asking about the car was unreal. We didn't even go to show the car. After that we finished walking around the show and headed home. We will defo go back next year, very well organised and a great day out. 
Sorry for the lack of photos but just took a few, there was too many vehicles!