Dean, thanks for that encouragement.
I really would be glad to know before we set off though, as we'll be doing a loop ride, continuing from Reeth over to Marske and then back round to Leyburn.
If the road was closed, we would have to ride west to Aysgarth and head north to Reeth over Greets Moss.
A few years ago we rode over the Eppynt range and had confirmation that the road would be open for us.
However, we heard lots of firing to our left as we reached the peak.
Coming down the other side, on the tandem, I was a bit desperate for a comfort stop and slowed the bike ready for a dash into the bushes.
Just as we came to a halt, three of the bushes jumped into the air and said "good afternoon folks, lovely day for a ride."
Mrs. Copy was absolutely terrified and we pedalled on frantically.