The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

One big world, 2 bikes, 6 grandchildren many postcards…


Way of the Roses – Le Tour et Fini

Throughout Yorkshire, we have been enthralled with the number of yellow bicycles displayed on our route outside houses, establishments and alongside the roadside. The city of York was no exception as the imminent Tour de Yorkshire is advertised to celebrate the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France. Luckily, we were two weeks before… Read More

Way of the Roses – Snails Pace

Some of you may think we are slow coaches, but we believe in the concept of slow is best. Head up to us is preferable to head down. Then again, we have little time constraints. Q So, after a tremendous Yorkshire breakfast at the White Horse, we left Ripon and its wonderful cathedral and market… Read More

Way of the Roses – We’re Wilting!

To coin a phrase, there are hills and there are damn hills. So it was as we left Settle. The steep ascent left us wilting as a rose in Autumn. The weather matched such a season. Once high on the moors though, the views more than compensated for the efforts. Our descent into Airton was… Read More

Way of the Roses – Cycling for Thistlethwaites

My mother really disliked her maiden name, yet Thistlethwaite for Hetherington was hardly less of a mouthful. For the first day of our Way of the Roses cycle ride, my brother told me that the route passes through important places of our Thistlethwaite ancestors. So, it was a wet, miserable morning as we set off… Read More

Way of the Roses

The photo is not as bad as it looks! We are settled into the Travelodge Central Lancaster hotel ahead of our Way of the Roses bicycle trip tomorrow. It was a leisurely start from our hotel near Heathrow to Hayes & Harlington station for the 9.30am train to Paddington. Despite an empty train, it didn’t… Read More