Saturday, 14 December 2013

Cold days and making it up as you go...

Over the last couple of weeks demands of work, and partly the rotten weather, have stopped me getting out on the bike. This time of year it's rotten dark by the time I've finished work, so there's no evening riding to be done. Today was about 6-7 degrees but, with the forcast predicting a less than 20% chance of rain, I layered up and headed out. I didn't have a route planned, just made it up as I went along. The roads around York were pretty packed with people heading off to do some Christmas shopping at the various out of town retail parks, but once I was away from the ringroad and bypass the roads were brilliantly quiet.

These photos, taken near the top of Garrowby Hill east of York give a good indication of why riding, even on a cold day, is such a joy:

The views are stunning and the road sweeps challengingly right to left down a steep hill. At the bottom the views ahead across sweeping bends on the road towards Stamford Bridge make for an exhilerating ride. It was bit twitchy on the cold wet surface though.