Tuesday 29th November Almost no wind
sunny, cold, 1C maximum. Very deep overnight frost, early fog.
Thick freezing fog has left the trees white and I await the Sun before setting off for York. Breakfast at The Vale of York guest house in Thirsk is ample and the waitress, Rosie kindly gives a donation to the charities I am supporting. Her cat Bob is present during the meal. Poor Bob! Run over twice, Bob is lucky to be alive and has no tail and a crunched in face as souvenirs for his narrow escapes.
The cycle to York is as easy as yesterday; easier really, fewer miles. York Youth Hostel is soon reached and an afternoon of relaxation listening to good Rock music; Free, Rory Gallagher and Blind Faith.
I meet an Australian woman in the hostel's kitchen, Ros. She has been travelling for a few years and she shows me a heart-warming video of her daughter and Aboriginal son-in-law receiving an award for the best Western Australian small business. The video tells of how he overcame discouragement, especially from one of his teachers who told him that he would come to nothing. Tears as Ros' daughter relates this to the award audience. As usual, great people met when in a youth hostel.
24.30 miles 462 elevation feet up 515 down