Archive for July, 2013

A nice ride out

Posted in Cycling, GF2, Harrogate, Lumix LX5 on July 6, 2013 by sojournerphoto

Ride 6 July 2013 (1 of 13)

With a day off and nothing planned until the girls’ sports afternoon I had planned a ride out to Brimham Rocks via Knaresborough and along the bridleways. However, I was late departing and slower than I hoped, so missed out the last section from Shaw Mills to Brimham. I rode the newish cycle path though the back of Bilton and then along Bilton Lane to roll down the Beryl Burton to Knaresborough.

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At the bottom was a perfectly functional looking bike, standing on its empty forks – not sure why!

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From Knaresborough to Ferrensby, along the bridleway past the Hollies

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Then on the Occaney, through fields alive with poppy infested rape. As it comes into flower everything is fresh and pushing for its place – the bridleway is pretty overgrown and I walked one section as I couldn’t see the ground beneath my wheel.

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Towards South Stainley, as I rode away from Copgrove, a stoat ghosted across my path and a jay flew to a copse alongside.

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From South Stainley the track is easy riding and runs through some lovely country.

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Across the Ripley – Fountains road, through a very operational farm, along a track and a couple of recently mown fields to the road and down into Shaw Mills. Then home via the path back to Ripley and the Nidderdale Greenway.

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Learning to balance

Posted in Leica M9, Life on July 6, 2013 by sojournerphoto

One of the nice things about school sports days is looking around and people watching.

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Little ones preparing to join school

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Bigger ones enjoying sunshine and cake

Sunshine and cake

Sunday ride

Posted in Cycling on July 1, 2013 by sojournerphoto

Ride 30 June 2013  (1 of 4)

Had a nice ride out early on Sunday morning, taking the blue bike out for a run to Ripley and the along Holly Bank Lane to Clint and round in a loop bank to Ripley and along the ‘Nidderdale Greenway’ to Harrogate.

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Just after taking the obligatory ‘old shed’ picture I met an old friend Mark, out for a Sunday morning run. We both find that early on Sunday is the best time to get out,without disrupting family time. Mark works locally and will hopefully manage a pint one lunchtime at The Grove – Steve Phillips, Mark Knopfler and Brendan Croker played the Grove in May 1986 either as or at the start of the Notting Hillbillies project.

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After the run out to Clint I added a quick loop to Starbeck via the railway path to get the mileage up to just over 20 and pictured some more barns. Leaving the bike lying on its side, you can see the rear redeye light glowing on standlight, even after the dynamo as stopped.

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