The weather forecast for Tuesday the night before and the early morning conditions deterred a few of the members with the risk of ice.
Despite the cold three of us arrived at BS church albeit without our usual Road Captain. They were Keith, Steve P and me Steve B. Alec had said he might be there but despite giving him his 9.20am rise and shine telephone call he had decided to save his energy.
After a brief discussion we decided on a visit to Easingwold. We set off over the Wharfe up Wood Lane and took the cycle track to Walton. From there we headed to Rudgate and onto Cattal with Keith setting a steady pace to keep us all warm. Once over the Whixley hill we took the usual route via Thorpe Underwood and on over the Aldwark Bridge. Turning left we took the alternative route via Aldwark, Flawith, Tholthorpe, Raskelf and onto Easingwold.
Settling indoors at cafe Fika gave us chance to thaw our fingers and toes. Keith had his favoured Brownie while the two Steve’s opted for beans on toast. After having a second coffee we made the effort and took the usual route back via Alne and over the Rickety Rackety bridge again.
The ride had been enjoyable but uneventful at this stage until we got to Little Ouseburn where Keith caught the kerb and had a spill onto the pavement, thankfully no damage done other than our cyclists pride. The cycling gods were to intervene again when we reached Walton where heading to the cycle way I suddenly realised no Keith or Steve. Turning back Steve was busying himself resolving a puncture. The two guys suggested I crack on rather than hang about as we were nearly home, but not before ensuring Steve had an extra tube in case lightening struck again as he still needed to ride to Garforth.
Saying our goodbyes I took the cycle way to Wetherby something I hadn’t ridden for along time and was pleasantly surprised how it had all been finished in tarmac.
All in all a good ride and top company.
Worth the effort.