Boston Spa – Leyburn, 1st June 2021, 100 miles

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.

The route:

  • 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

Other info:
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

Sean Christie