Well folks, it is almost here. Friend W had this brilliant idea that today the two of us would drive through Wensleydale, Bishop Dale and Wharfedale to Skipton, following the Tour de France route in reverse.
What we had not anticipated was that every cyclist in the North of England would be out today, presumably following the route. Between here and Skipton we met about a thousand cyclists. This is no exaggeration - I counted 100 in the space of about three minutes and they just kept coming. Every village has its yellow bunting out, every spare field along the roadside is beginning to fill up with camper vans, tents, burger bars, coffee bars and the like. There is already a carnival atmosphere everywhere - I just hope the weather is better for them tomorrow as it was a wet day today.
We enjoyed our day out - coffee at Kilnsey Trout Farm, where somebody had rigged up a bicycle and a mini-water-wheel which kept the wheels on the bike moving by means of a long chain. Lunch in a nice little cafe down one of the alleys in Skipton (Scampi, chips and salad) and then back along the same route but with only a few cyclists this time. So thank-you W for thinking of the idea - a jolly good one; at least I can imagine where the cyclists are going when they do it for real tomorrow.
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