Wetherby – Hebden, Thursday 11th November 2021, 69 miles

Seven riders today: Graham, Michael, Peter, Steve, Mike, Dennis and myself. At 9:30 on a fine bright day with no rain and little wind forecast, we click-clacked through the Wetherby market stalls and set off for Hebden, North Yorkshire, via Kirby Overblow, Burnt Bridge, Beckwithshaw, Thruscross and Greenhow. None lost, dropped or otherwise missing, we arrived in good time at the Old School Tea Room in Hebden where we found a perfectly sized, heated little outdoor hut (bookable, if you’re interested) and cosied ourselves inside.

Over a good lunch the serious issues facing Yorkshire Cricket, the country in general and other less serious stuff were debated – it wasn’t heated but the guinea pigs in the pen next door couldn’t get a squeak in edgeways. And Mike (our resident medical scientist): since you mentioned it, are you sure ovulating guinea pigs, injected with women’s urine are a predictor of pregnancy? Sounded like quackery.

Back to the ride: weather still good we headed south to Burnsall, Bolton Abbey and Ilkley. On through Askwith, were rainy skies over Otley threatened but never arrived – surely the rain couldn’t outrun us! At the end of Leathley Lane Michael and I split off to Leeds and the others returned to Wetherby.

No punctures, breakdowns and all home safely. A fine companionable day out on the bikes.