Wetherby – Otley, Tuesday 4th January 2022, 40 miles

Four riders met on Tuesday 4th January at the Spa Church; Frank, Steve P., Keith R. (1st Tuesday ride since his retirement) and me. Frank suggested a steady ride to Otley. Onwards to Collingham and then Harewood Avenue, down Harewood Bank, Arthington Lane to Pool. The traffic was very busy at the mini roundabout and we had to wait a while to cross. Frank took his chance and went across, to the annoyance of a van driver! Arrived at a cafe in Otley Market Place and was met by Otley Phil. After replenishment set off over Otley Bridge, turning right up Farnley Lane, Castley Lane, through Weeton to Harrogate Road. Phil left us here. The usual route to Kirkby Overblow to Sicklinghall. Approaching the Linton turn off signs said ‘Road Closed’ so Keith, Steve and self carried straight on but Frank turned off, shouting that he would be able to get through. The three of us then went into Wetherby, York Road to cycle path passed Thorp Arch to Newton Kyme and Clifford where Keith went home and Steve came back to my house for coffee and biscuits.

Pete C