Area monthly rides are a full month apart and planned around the two types of national rides, so, you only have to miss one ride from calendar due to weather, outside circumstance etc......and, the rides seem AGES apart.
I share your pain.
Things are a tad quieter but no less busy in the background. My achilles heal is sundays, i can do maybe 2 out of 4 in the month but work or other stuff can hinder just as easily. I will ride when possible though even if it's local challenges and suchlike.
I've had hawardian hills on my scope for a while now, in particular castle howard. The parking and bun shop sorted
as for the route...just havn't had time but, it is still in the cross hairs for a monthly ride next year.
I have tipped vern off about my intentions for rides next year and they represent a mixed bag that can be hand picked and dropped in around vern's plans and the in-house national series....IF...I start recon missions now!! wink, wink..
The better i know these areas the more flexibility we will have in future months, as i can throw rides in at reasonable notice to members and less recce work for us, thus combating quiet spells.
My personal aim is battle this year out doing what i can and attending rides when possible. This will provide a kick ass selection of rides to contribute to verns offerings for 2014, with fun to be had on national rides too.
Melton jumble is a good x-promoter(bargains for retrobikers) and, i have another two routes in mind that will benefit the north west.
Ride yorkshire on an old bike.