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  • On the hybrid today.

     Gunner updated 11 years, 6 months ago 5 Members · 7 Posts
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  • Gunner

    29 June 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I decided to ride into work this morning which meant that once finished I could take a “long” ride home. 😀

    Only downside was that I was on the hybrid, which I haven’t ridden for a while and seemed a bit ” 😕 😕 ” after so much time on either the OCR or the CR1.

    Did I say the “only” downside. 😯 😯 😯

    Surely not!!!!

    The other downside was that on a whim I decided to follow one of the local Cycle Routes, in this instance Route 14, to see where it went, what it was like and whether at a later date it may be worth following for a greater distance.

    What a mistake. 🙄 🙄

    Sorry if I offend anyone, but this route took me through some damn depressing areas, over some damn poor road surfaces, through some damn poorly signed areas and over some damned awkward and dangerous junctions, most of which were in Hartlepool.

    I must admit to being glad on the return route after going through Billingham to taking a different route and follow the cycle route alongside the A19, to take me to Stockton and Tees Barrage.

    The most amazing part of the ride was how pleasant by comparison the cycle track through a section of Middlesbrough was, and this was through a notably “bad” part of the Boro.

    Still, 37 miles in the bag I suppose. 🙄 🙄

    I shall forget all about the National Cycle Network. 😉

  • HarryB

    29 June 2009 at 8:56 pm

    The obvious question Gunner. Why?

  • ShinSplint

    30 June 2009 at 8:28 am

    I suspect you chose the poorer areas of Hartlepool to be honest Gunner, there are some nice parts, honest 🙂

    Some lovely cycling routes in and around the villages of Elwick, Dalton, Hart (where I grew up 🙂 ). Its nice down the Marina as well, and there’s a coastal route which takes you up to Seaton Carew from there, which would have probably been ideal for your hybrid venture.

  • hugo15

    30 June 2009 at 11:36 am

    The obvious question Gunner. Why?

    I was thinking the same thing 😕 ?

    So where did the route take you?

  • Gunner

    30 June 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Why ❓

    1) I had ridden into work in M/bro so it seemed “right” to head off in that direction for something “different”. I certainly wouldn’t have ridden from home over there. 😯

    2) I have been toying with the idea recently after perusing some maps of travelling up to Sunderland or thereabouts via the Cycle Network I have seen on these maps, seemed an oppurtune time to test part of the route out.

    3) I wanted to see what the Cycle Network was like.

    Well, from M/bro I headed over the Newport Bridge, then into the industrial bleakness of Haverton Hill and Billingham. I then travelled to Cowpen Bewley where I took a God awful track to Greatham via West Meadows. 😯

    This part of the trail was a very mixed variety of surfaces varying from pothole riddled tarmac to cinder trail to mud.

    Crossing the A689. 🙄 I rode through what can only be described as a nightmare of junctions, barriers, roundabouts, up pavements, down pavements, through Owton Manor, Oxford Road to somewhere near Dalton Piercy I believe. 🙄

    It was here that I about turned, thinking that enough was enough, and returned by the same route to as far as Billingham, where I “joined” the A19 and made for Tees Barrage, then Teesside Park, then “rejoined” the A19 to follow the best bit of cycle network I had seen all day through Whinney Banks and Acklam.

    One interesting and very confusing part of the Route 14 was this, as captured in the photo’s below.

    I just had to take some images as I could not believe it, there was no way I was riding thorugh that, and so decided to follow the “bit” of road I was on and see where that would lead me.

    This photo was taken on a blind hairpin bend.

    On following the road round the bend, this track met up with the road about 150 metres further up, though this was not apparent from where the photo was taken.


  • Jez

    30 June 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Why ❓

    2) I have been toying with the idea recently after perusing some maps of travelling up to Sunderland or thereabouts via the Cycle Network I have seen on these maps, seemed an oppurtune time to test part of the route out.

    NCN route 1 up the Castle Eden Walkway would probably be better as it used the old Railway line, I’ve gone as far as Peterlee on it but think it continiues on

  • Gunner

    30 June 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Yeah, I had been looking at that Jez, and was talking to Colin and Vince about it on our evening road ride last week, but that seemed a bit out of the way to get to from Boro and also they put me off that route a bit, due to the surface and the fact that as a old railway line it may be monotonous.

    I suppose I am spoilt living right on the edge of the Moors with so many relatively traffic free roads and routes to take advantage of, that enable me to just get out and blast along.

    😆 😆 😆

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