Wetherby – Thirsk, 19th April 2021, 80 miles

Another cool start with the prospect of the day warming up. Eight wheelers gathered at the market place at 9am with the usual clothing dilemmas for this time of year. Myself (Simon), Nick, Frank, Mark, Geoff, Gareth, Michael Br, Steve W.

Following the A168 north we made our way to Cattal, Whixley and towards Aldwark bridge. A nice steady pace and good conversation. A slight deviation from the norm took us through Aldwalk village on towards Raskelf. At Coxwold junction there was a small altercation on the route which saw Geoff continue straight on to Kilburn via Byland Abbey. The rest of the group turned left and headed up the hill through the village to Kilburn. At Kilburn the group split again – some heading up the White Horse past the glider club and down Sutton bank into Thirsk. Here we all regrouped and refuelled in the Square. It was evident that, having removed helmets, one or two are in desperate need of a post lockdown haircut. A Tuna Crunch from Greggs or a panini from Plenty being the order of the day.

By now the day had warmed up and so, following a clothing re-adjustment, the return leg at a good pace took us to Boroughbridge via Dalton and Sessay. At Boroughbridge, whilst taking advantage of a second coffee stop, we were joined by Bill who had been loitering in the square waiting for us to turn up. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The final stretch through Aldborough and the Dunsfords allowed us to re-trace our outward leg via Whixley and Cowthorpe to Wetherby.

Simon Nadin