Wetherby – Raskelf, Saturday 16th October 2021, 48 miles

The Club continued to roll out the big guns with the Treasurer leading this week’s ride. Alec tried to tempt more of us with his Marley’s magical mystery tour to his favourite coffee shop even though it had closed. 😊 At this point we were enlightened our destination was Raskelf.
Well there was a 50% increase in the numbers from 2 to 3 !
Arriving full of vim and vigour were Pete C, our leader Alec M, and me Steve B for a 9.00am start.
Off we went towards Walton taking the new pathway next to the road from Wood Lane onwards. From Walton we cut across to the Rudgate road and down to Cattal and on and across the A59. Breathing hard, no time to talk we charged up the drag to Whixley and turned to Thorpe Underwood. We had time for a brief discussion on squealing disk brakes and how to clean them.
Our route took us over the Aldwark Bridge and through Aldwark, Flawith, Tholthorpe to Raskelf. However the last two miles involved drizzle which was not on the forecast.
Alec lead us to the cafe which we had passed before on previous rides but never stopped, well no longer the Purple Partridge presumably because there were no purple partridges. Now called the Sun Beck cafe with no Sun to me seen and didn’t see the beck either. Despite all, the indoor seating was comfortable and the service good plus very reasonable.
With wanting to be back no later than 1pm we remounted our steeds ready for the return. Alec informed us his Garmin suggested we would be back by 12.47 precisely, which meant we needed to crack on at over 25 kph. Spit spot and we were off towards Braffeton , Thornton Bridge and then Boroughbridge. Taking turns on the front we boldly rode onto Minskip, Staveley and Knaresborough digging deep as the mobile roadworks conspired to delay us. The final run took us through Little Ribston and into Wetherby and while I peeled off first I am sure the guys made the 12.47 ETA .
Thanks to Alec for a great route and ride, no photos though. Need a lie down now after trying to hang onto Pete’s wheel.