I turned up to the Boston Spa start and after helping Ken adjust his saddle, I was confronted by Frank barking instructions at me. It took at least 30 seconds for it to dawn on me that Frank was expecting me to guide a small but perfectly formed group (Alec, Steve P and myself) to Leyburn despite everyone knowing that I pay no attention at any point of a ride as to where we are and I’m only interested in coffee stops! Frank could tell that, despite me nodding from time to time, I was only partially absorbing his directions so he got out a paper map and started again, speaking more slowly this time.
- Boroughbridge: Check
- Melmerby coffee stop: Check
- Bedale: Check
- Turn off Leyburn Road after Bedale to avoid traffic: Check
- Don’t miss Aysgarth school: CheckTurn right before Spennithorne on hill: Check
- Leyburn: Check
All cafes were full due to lovely weather, so we sat on a bench in the sunshine to eat take out from Thomas the Bakers.
UNFORTUNATELY, FRANK NEGLECTED TO TELL ME HOW TO GET BACK TO BOSTON SPA
We all did over 100 miles
Alec got cramp pretty badly
Steve lost 2 bananas and his wallet en-route (but a kind passer-by salvaged the latter)
Ice creams in Ripon