Our first tour during the Easter holidays we will be doing the Hadrians Wall Sustrans route. This route starts at Ravenglass goes up the west coast to Carlise and then moves inland across the country to Tynemouth on the east coast. Our only plan is the train from Sowerby Bridge, we are not making any other plans and taking each day as it comes. As it is only April the weather can be hit and miss so we are not taking camping gear and stopping in B&Bs, inns and guesthouses. We have a seven day window so we can be really relaxed about our daily mileage for 170 mile trip. For the first time Rachael will get a taste of the laid back trip I have promised her on our other jaunts. Since touring with Rachael we have always found ourselves having to make up time and on our last trip on the Danube, one hundred km days in over 30 degree heat were not uncommon. So I am really looking forward to this trip. For this trip we will use our Tout Terrain – Silk Road bikes that I have just built up. Rachaels a 10sp triple and mine with Rohloff. If you want to see the route and buy maps click on this link
Another trip I am doing during Easter is a section of the Pennine Bridleway. This I am doing with my buddies, Nic, Robbo, Rog and Jerve. We did the Mary Townley loop last year on our mountain bikes. So this year we are going to do the first section from Kirkby Stephen to Hebden Bridge. This first section will be between 90-100 miles. The second sections is a similar distance and I think the plan is to do that next year, it finishes in Middleton. Then we will of completed the whole trail. We are again getting up to Kirkby Stephen by train with the bikes. It is all on the Northern Line so no booking required. We are going to ride the section over three days, two overnight stops. One in a bunkhouse and one in a hotel. A different type of trip using mountains bikes and travelling very light. If you want to see the route click on this link.
Coast to Coast 4 (C2C4)
We also have our student coast to coast ride in the summer. Thirty nine students are riding fully laden the Sustrans Way of the Roses route. They are doing this to raise money for their school. They also have the added challenge on the penultimate day of the ride they are going to walk the Dales Three Peaks. A twenty six mile walk over Pen y Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. They will be carrying their own gear and cooking their own food during the trip. If you own a business and would like to sponsor the jerseys in return for advertisement space on the cycling top please contact the school and ask for the Marketing Coordinator. Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation you can do that through the Money Giving link below. On the three previous trips the students have raised over £10,000 each ride. The money goes towards school equipment and resources.
Then our big one this year is going to be four weeks in Finland. No plan, just a plane in and plane out that is it. We are wanting to do a lot of wild camping whilst we are on this trip. Finland is perfect for wild camping as it is quiet and the access rights are very free. You can camp anywhere as long as you are not on farming land and you leave the place as you found it. Eva will be on her own bike for this trip and I have built her a beauty, I am really jealous of it. It is a Surly Disc Trucker. In black with funky 26″ wheels, it just looks the business. I have heard about the mosquito problem but hopefully we might miss it as I plan for most of the trip to be on coast. The mozzies are at the worst for a period from the end of June and last about four to six weeks. Either way, I think we will be packing our midge nets just in case. But I think a coastal route will be the best action to take to avoid as many as we can 🙂