In a slight change to our normal programming due to a technical hitch 'Plan B' was hastily formed.
After meeting Kaya at the carpark and chatting for a bit we decided to actually pay for our car park tickets and have a wander round to see who else had turned up
Just Kaya and myself for this epic then
I unload the bike from the car and start to do up the allen key skewer on the front wheel
'Snap' followed by 'boing... rattle rattle' as the nut shears and lands about 3 feet away & off goes the spring AWOL never to be seen again...
Shit, I just snapped my front skewer
Well that's it, game over
Seen as it was only Kaya and myself we decided to still carry on with a ride, a proper Plan B of a ride.
First things first, a detour to Chez Kaya for a spare front skewer so that I can actually ride my damn bike!
Then another short journey in the cars back into the moors to actually start this ride
We started off at Scaling Dam Reservoir and did over 23 miles of moorland, farmland and minor roads, passing through Lealholm, Glaisdale, Fryup, Ainthorpe and Danby.
We also passed through a herd of rather bemused cattle, I think Kaya was a sheepdog in a previous life, boy can he can herd cattle
With over 2200 ft of climbing it was one hell of a killer loop for me
GPS route log here: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/104781395
Excellent day on the bikes all things considered
I am absolutely shattered!
Massive thanks to Kaya for keeping me going with the skewer, leading the route which was epic & also for keeping me going with the near constant conversation which kept my mind off the fact that my legs died after the near 5 mile climb up to the highest point of the route which was only 11 miles into the 23 mile route!
No pics from me, but Kaya should have some to post up later