In contrast to yesterday, which was cold, cloudy with heavy overnight rain, today was fine and sunny with temperatures reaching 15 °C. I decided to do the Seghill, Cramlington, Bedlington, Blyth route I’d done a fortnight previously. I’d recorded the route on my Garwin 800 so my first task was to convert it into a course which would give me turn by turn directions. This was important for finding my way through Cramlington which is a maze of pathways. I downloaded the .tcx file from ridewithGPS.com and installed it on the Garmin. This proved successful and I only strayed off course twice and was able to quickly find the right direction without getting hopelessly lost.
The route is a mixture of cycle paths, bridleways and waggonways. Parts of it were quite wet and muddy which was hardly surprising given the amount of rain we’ve had over the last few days.
Since I was riding on my own I took the opportunity to take my camera and record some of the more interesting features of the route. the results can be seen in Gallery 2. In particular I wanted photographs of the Wildspace Network Art Trail.
By the time I reached Blyth Quayside the sun was beating down and suspecting (correctly as it turned out) that my usual coffee stop would be closed, I chanced upon a new venue for cappuccino and cake before I headed for home.