Well, the Hull urban ride proved to be an absolute blast. Not extreme by any means but enjoyable in a different way. We started from Hessle Foreshore and headed east along the side of Clive Sullivan way, stopping briefly in the Humber bank docks area to take a look at the old docklands and associated buildings. It's sad to see them in such a sorry state but at least some of them are now classed as listed buildings. We then moved on to the town centre, taking some great cobbled roads in the old town area. This is a must if anyone ever visits Hull as it's the museum district. Great architecture and quite historical. The route then took us through the dirty and somewhat gritty Wincolmlee area, do not mistake this to be a sad and forgotten part of Hull however as it is again riddled with history and some great little hidden treasures, see the picture of Wilmington Bridge below. We quickly and sadly moved on to the old railway line, which I'm hoping Chris will mention. The original station and platform still stands just off Beverly Road. Great so see and in remarkable condition for it's age. After meandering through the old, I think, Victorian graveyards which begin at the junction of Princess Avenue and Spring Bank the trip took us to a little Deli at the Calvert Lane roundabout. Chris had a sausage sarnie, I had half a pork pie. The next and almost final section saw Chris become quite enthused. He has studied the old railways of Hull to a degree and mentioned a few things I'd not known. One which sticks in the mind is that this section of railway was one of the most expensive ever built in the UK. We eventually reached Willerby square and decided to call it a day, we got our heads down and took the roads back through Kirkella, Jenny Brough Lane and finally down Heads Lane to the Foreshore.
I had the pleasure of introducing Chris to the world of Cycle Speedway. We dropped in on the Hull Cycle Speedway track and found a local lad having a training session, after a quick natter and an impromptu race we felt it right to go back to the cars.
Here's a few Hull Cycle Speedway Video's for you:
Here's another Hull Urban ride I completed with my pal Nige: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=226133
All in all a very nice ride, steady, nice sights, good banter, food and a bit of a mess about here and there.
A few pictures below, not many as we were too busy talking about good old Hull and getting giddy about how good it is to ride a bike.