The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

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

Way of the Roses’

Way of the Roses – Le Tour et Fini

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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 – We’re Wilting!

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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

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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

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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

Way of the Roses

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We had a good laugh today with Andrew Sykes at Cycling Europe who is ditching paper guide books in favour of his e-reader. Nevertheless, like us, and Jenny in particular, we both will not give up our paper maps. I am very fond of my Garmin Edge and find it brilliant for short term navigation, but… Read More

Bicycle Plans England

It is only just over a week and we will be returning to England. First, we have some grand parenting duties to carry out with expectant pleasure. Then it is back on the saddles and pedals for another coast to coast. We completed the iconic C2C and Transpennine Way last year so we are now… Read More