Wetherby to Bedale and Thirsk, Friday 25th February 2022, 79 miles.

On Wednesday evening a number of us were looking at the weather and posting Friday looked a better day to ride. Mike Bos ( who I think should now be referred to as the Gladiator) was covering for Graham , ended up braving the conditions on his own for 50 miles. Well Pete D, Geoff M and myself decided on a ride to Bedale and Thirsk. Pete and I met at the Shambles at 9.15 rolling out north through Kirk Deighton to Knaresborough. The wind was coming from a NW direction. We had arranged to meet Geoff at the Kia garage (Piccadilly Motors ) en route to Farnham. Our route took us through Bishop Monkton towards Ripon where we had a short respite from the wind as we turned east before taking the Copt Hewick lane. Geoff took the opportunity to tell us about the TV program covering the 1963 terrible winter weather, which I admit I do remember including still going to school and people still attending work. The roads had been damp but were drying nicely and the sun was steadily warming us up. Our route took us to Sharow, Hutton Conyers and Wath. Here we took the West Tanfield road but then headed to Thornborough where a left and right took us onto Well on the back lane before turning north and onto the Masham Bedale road. At this stage, it was great to finally turn downwind. We had a coffee at Bedale at the Pinch of This cafe ( the Station being closed), after which we bade Geoff farewell, he needed to be home for an appointment. Pete and I cracked on at a much swifter pace to Thirsk. Our route took us through Leeming Bar and onto the A684, after Ainderby Steeple we turned to Warlaby, riding onto Newby Wiske. We crossed the Northallerton to Topcliffe road at South Otterington. Heading east we turned onto the Northallerton to Thirsk road, but not before the cheeky ramp at Thornton le Moor. We arrived at Thirsk at 1.50 according to the Market Place Clock. Realising we still had two hours of riding to Wetherby we decided a coffee and sandwich from Thomas the Baker was the sensible option. Sitting in the sunshine was extremely pleasant. However, no time to delay we cracked on through Sowerby, Dalton, Sessay, Thornton Bridge and into Boroughbridge where I shared the emergency sugar fix in the form of a bag of Skittles. Pete then lead me back on the final stretch to Wetherby. Thanks for his support on what was a great day, great weather and top company.

Steve B