That's lucky!Incidentally, if you happen to notice that Mewith Lane is closed then whilst that is true, we can get through. I know this since I did so on Thursday. No chance in a car though.
It would be a pretty significant detour for her to pick me up. She lives just above Keighley so the obvious route is to take the A629 to Skipton, then the A59 to Clitheroe.If Carrie comes along, does that mean you get a lift? Oh - presumably not, otherwise the last train time thing would not still be an issue.
Well, I always encourage her to (get someone to) look after her bikes but often it ends up being later rather than sooner...I trust you'll be encouraging her to arrive with a bike that doesn't need major repairs before the ride starts this time, as well as on time! It was on the last one that she changed the entire drivetrain at 3 Peaks Cycles before we set off, if you recall .
... or suggest a DNF!I was in a group of about 30 riders on the Costa Blanca. We had just hit a small hill and were starting to power our way up it when we heard a loud noise and a stream of expletives coming from the back of the group. A rider had just tried to change gear and his gear hanger had broken, sending his rear mech into the wheel. Several spokes were broken, his mech was hanging down into the wheel and the chain was mangled. We were about 30 miles from our hotel, in the middle of nowhere.
Between us, we managed to take off his rear mech, shorten the damaged section of chain and turn his bike into a singlespeed for the ride back, and straighten his rear wheel enough to make it rideable with the back brake slackened off.
My deep cover northern moles tell me that the works, still in progress, are passable by bike - up a pedestrian path that then rejoins the road on the Waddington side of the bridge.The notice that I found about the West Bradford road closure was on the Waddington village website. The notice has not been updated so I assume that it is still correct that a temporary footbridge will be provided.
This is getting ridiculous! If the roadworks marker is correct for that one then it's just before a house on the the north side of the road and there's a wall. On the other side, it appears to be directly above a small stream, which suggests 'reinforcing culvert under road' or some such. I can't see that being terminal, but only because I'm pretty sure we can walk about 5m into the wooded area and step over that small stream. Not appealing, but hard to imagine it being actually impossible. On the upside, it's about time that road had some repairs!I have also just spotted a road closure at Marshaw Wyre after the descent from the Trough of Bowland. We know that cyclists can often get through such works, but if we really couldn't then that would be a real problem. The detour involved would be enormous and take too long. Fortunately, at that location there is a wooded verge which we ought to be able to walk our bikes along even if the road were completely dug up.
I'll think about it once this ride is over. I'd certainly like to get out there again before the autumn sets in. I would come up with a different route for next time though. It could be harder, easier, or about the same level of difficulty. Probably just over 100 km.Colin, sorry but too many conflicts on yr new August dates. How about a 3 day period in September with selection of DD at DD-2. i would take a chance on that and book travel and hotels.