Wetherby – Thirsk, Thursday 14th October 2021, 67 miles

In the absence of Graham, who was attending a funeral, I was entrusted with leading the Thursday ride.

Six set off from the Shambles, Nick, Greg, Pete D, Mark, Dennis and myself Steve W.

Destination Thirsk, first off a café stop at Easingwold.

Where we were treated to a coffee by Greg on his birthday.

Nick and Dennis suggested a slight detour on the way to Coxwold via a delightful single track road called Thornton Lane, we avoided the last section of this which takes you past a muddy farmyard entrance.

Nick turned at Raskelf, (no he didn’t “come out” ) he just needed to get home.

Onwards by Kilburn to Thirsk.

Here Greg headed for home as he had to get back early.

Café stop was at Upstairs Downstairs, we were escorted upstairs to the tearoom, with the panic over about locking the bikes up when we realised we were next to the police station, still, you can’t be too careful, says he who usually forgets a lock.

Service was excellent, tea arriving in a china teapot with china cups, food was good, for me, scrambled eggs on toast with smoked salmon. Mark was eyeing up the giant cheese scones in the glass display but settled for a sandwich.

We headed back the usual way, Dalton, Sessay and little Sessay into quite a stiff headwind, but we went into Team Time Trial mode and made good progress to Boroughbridge.

On the way down the A168, Dennis turned off for Knaresborough and home.

Graham had managed to head out in the afternoon and met us near the Rabbit Hill Café, we were in good time so stopped for a coffee. Pete Dack ploughed on into the wind solo, racking up another long ride.

A good day out, despite the headwind back, the main thing is it stayed dry.

Steve W