With Michael self isolating again, I agreed to cover the Saturday ride. Not sure how many times you can use this ruse Michael 😀
I arrived at the Shambles before nine thinking if no one turned up then I could nip home and have an extra hour in bed. Steve P put paid to that having specially driven over for the ride.
Well it was left to the two of us to fly the Saturday flag, clearly the Christmas lunch ride on Sunday trumps Saturday.
With the weather uncertain as rain forecast for late morning and the possible risk of icy roads early on, I decided to make use of bus routes which would have been gritted, plus we would take a steady outing and have a shorter ride.
We set off to Walton where we both donned our rain jackets just to help keep the heat in while riding. We headed to Wighill, Tadcaster and onto Bolton Percy. At Appleton Roebuck we took the Bolton Selby road before turning to Acaster Malbis and then Bishopthorpe.
Steve needed a bottle of water so we stopped at the Coop where making a purchase proved near impossible due to the long queue and no one on the till.
We made Copmanthorpe and the Little Acorns for a coffee stop. Outside there were stalls in front of the pub (Xmas fare) and the cafe was full plus a queue. However we stayed patient and with a table clearing we got a coffee and a warm seat to enjoy it. I can report the mince pie was as good as I remember them.
We set off to Askham Richard with Steve P leading the way with me loaded down with sausage roll and mince pie.
The route home via Long Marston, Tockwith and Cowthorpe was largely straight forward despite the occasional rain shower.
We were passed by the pink jerseys of the Contrarians from Harrogate, presumably an awkward lot. 😀🚴♀️🚴♀️🚴♀️
Best not argue with them.
Parting our ways at Wetherby we both agreed it was an enjoyable ride in the fresh air for a change.
Ready for tomorrow 🚴♂️🍺🍗🥮