…and so to York
The CTC Birthday Rides once again beckoned, to be staged this year in York. This is an annual festival of all things to do with cycling, and this year it celebrates the Cycling Tourist Club’s 136th birthday. I know exactly how long I’ve been a member, because I joined during its 100th year, back in 1978.
So once again, there was a fond farewell to my dear wife, but only after a self-indulgent coffee at the George Hotel in Stamford….which made the parting a tad easier.
But the journey north today threw up a few surprises….I’ve heard of boy’s toys, but surely this is a bit OTT….
…and when I stopped for a rest in the tiny village of Ropsley, I discovered in the church that the famous Richard Fox had been born there……Famous you might ask? Well, apart from being the Bishop of Winchester, he was also the founder of Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, and a couple of eminent schools to boot.
But what really astonished me about south Lincolnshire is how hilly it is. Fens there may be in abundance, but it’s not all tame.
Distance: 52 miles. Stopover in a campsite in Lincoln. Wind direction: from the SW…..delightful!