I think that I passed the half way mark on the journey today; another one that was wet, but the lack of wind made it better. Another very welcome mark also passed – £6000 on the sponsorship page. An article in that august publication, the Dunmow Broadcast, gained me some sponsorship (and also added to my conscious memories!), as did a post on my sister Jo’s blog. The damp today restricted my use of the camera (maybe I should have got a waterproof Go-pro), so apologies for fewer than usual pictures.
The forecast was ok for the start of the day, but then seemed a bit uncertain as to how wet it would get, so I set off as early as I reasonably could from Dave and Pauline’s in Hedon – I am still so pleased to be seeing many friends there a full 40 years after I left. The first part of the journey was around Hull on their very good cycling infrastructure – city with the biggest tick for that yet and then up to Beverley – it too has a Minster.
Onwards towards Pocklington and about 5 km short of that destination there was a loud bang from my rear wheel. I knew immediately that a spoke had pinged and a swift inspection confirmed that. It was raining quite hard so I decided to go to Pocklington which seemed likely to have a cycle shop. It did, just it was closed on Mondays – and there was no sign/no answer from another place that came up on Google. So I retreated to a café in Pocklington and studied my route to discover that it went more or less straight past a cycle shop in the northern outskirts of York, just 25 km away. Cycle Scene confirmed they could repair the wheel as soon as I got there, and sure enough that is exactly what they did. This was a really professional service and a credit to cycle mechanics everywhere. The replacement spoke would have taken me most of 2 hours or so – getting it done in less that 20 minutes, along with a gear tune up was fantastic. They also confirmed that the route that I was taking to Boroughbridge was the best and most scenic. A fine toll bridge at Aldwark was free for bicycles, but cars were paying a whole 40p to avoid a 25 mile detour. Not much later I was into Boroughbridge after a good ride despite the rain.
Today’s statistics: 113 km (new record) running total: 1482 km. Ascent: 439 m, 14902 overall. 3 tubs – running total: 69. No new bird or mammal records.