4 Abbeys ride
Whirr,Weeze and Wet ride
Whirr of the electric bike.
Wheeze from the other cyclists on the hills.
Wet because it always rains when we cycle.
I had the plans all sorted for
the ride, sent them round our whatsapp group and everyone was happy with them Ian sorts and collects hire van on Saturday,
arranges to collect 8 cycles and overnight bags over Sunday ready for Monday AM
This year we were using two cars to get the riders to the start locations and the original Mr Map my brother Graeme had been missing his cycling so also joined our group, making ten people nine cyclists and Ian our support driver
2023 Cycle ride Day 1 Kielder Loop 27 Miles
Ian uses van to Collect Colin
N, and Dave. Peter uses his car, collects Conner and Bob,
Graeme B uses his car, brings his bike and collects Glen and Trevor
Meet at Lay by opposite Witton
Castle Exit road 8:00 AM
So I can walk to the meeting point
Drive for Approx 2 Hours 66
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre Car Park 2 Castle Drive, Kielder, Hexham NE48 1EP Arrive 10.00 am
Cycle approximately half way and stop at Tower Knowe visitor centre Café 12.00
After Tea stop Carry on Clockwise back to Start point Approx. 2 Hours 3.00pm
Load Cycles into Van and Head for Jedburgh
Park in Jedburgh where there is 60 hours free parking so cars can be left for duration of the ride
Hotel Cannongate TD8 6AN B&B
Expected arrival time 4.30 - 5.00pm
Only one place available to dine on an evening so
Evening meal booked for 10 people at 7pm. Taj Tandoori , 51 High St, Jedburgh
Day 2 Tuesday Jedburgh to Melrose 35 Miles
Saddled up ready to start by 10 am
Cycle Jedburgh to Kelso 18 Miles 3hrs arrive 1pm,
Lunch stop 1pm-2pm.
Cycle to Melrose 17 Miles 3 Hrs arrive 5pm
Overnight Stay booked at Kings
Arms Hotel, High St, Melrose TD6 9PB, B&B
Evening meal booked for 10 people at 7pm in the hotel.
Day 3 Wednesday 27 June
Melrose to Jedburgh 20 Miles
Saddle up ready to start 10am
Cycle to Jedburgh, arrive for 1pm
Lunch stop 1-2pm
Head off home, arriving back in Bishop 4pm.
Grame B drops off Trevor and
Peter Drops off Bob and Conner
Ian drops off Dave and Colin N
Ian hired van until Saturday as It was as cheap for a week as it was for three days hire.
That was the plans all sorted or so I thought.
Peter got in touch suggesting we all chip in and hire Trevor an electric cycle for first day around Kielder as its quite hilly and not an easy ride.
We decided not to tell Trevor so it would be a nice surprise for him on the day.
Saturday before the ride Graeme rang me to say he was having car problems so
could not use his car.
He could get a lift through with his bike but that was all.
Quick call to Glen and he agreed he could take his car so problem averted.
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