Being the last in the rush to the toilets when Graham sought a volunteer to write the ride report I was nominated, so here it is.
Eleven riders met as normal at the Shambles in Wetherby on a grey and somewhat cold morning, jackets, arm warmers and Gillet being the order of the day (Mike Bosomworth not being present flashing hairy chest, arms and legs).
The group comprised me Pete D, Nick, Graham, Greg, Glyn, Kathy, Steve W, Steve P, Phil, Sean and Mick, our destination as the title would suggest was Leyburn, a round trip from Wetherby of approximately 82 miles.
Heading North on the A168 towards Boroughbridge hoping the clouds would part and allow the sun to shine through and warm the cockles of our hearts, those that have one that is.
We passed through the usual places on this route heading straight through Boroughbridge to our first stop being the cafe in the business park at Melmerby. The potholed and rutted road after the A1M crossing, Green Lane was a pleasant surprise as it had been resurfaced and made a nice change from the bumps and holes previously encountered on this stretch.
As we pulled into the cafe Greg left us as he is taking part in the Calderdale Round at the weekend and he only wanted a short ride saving himself for the cobbles and hills, maybe wearing an extra pair of bib shorts will cushion the nether regions, Greg.
Following refreshments, “onward, onward rode the 600” sorry now 10 to Bedale but as we had stopped at Melmerby it was decided not to stop but continue straight onto Leyburn. The sun was at long last making a subdued appearance bringing a smile to our faces.
Lunch was taken at the usual stop, the Posthorn Tea & Coffee House, outside as there was not enough room inside to cater for ten hungry cyclists. The sun was now in full heat mode the usual fair being consumed and digested thoughts of our return journey were imparted by Graham.
The return leg was via Thirn, and West Tanfield into Ripon for our final refreshment stop.
Mick left us prior to the feeding frenzy and disappeared off towards Knaresborough.
Mr Wippy ice cream with toppings and chocolate flakes was popular, I think Sean’s feeding habits are catching on. You would think with all these refreshment stops we would all be wearing
“Fat Lad At The Back” cycle shirts, only kidding guys, I know you are all athletes.
The final leg of the day’s ride back to Wetherby was via Knaresborough but just before Little Ribston we had to stop due to an accident involving a scooter/motorbike and a car, the Police having stopped all traffic while the injured scooter driver was placed on a stretcher and taken into the ambulance.
Without further delay we made it back to Wetherby and parted company, Pete D and Glyn heading off back to Leeds, Steve P heading for Morrisons for more refreshments to sustain him on his ride home in Leeds, Nick having turned off earlier, left Steve W with his drive home and the rest no doubt contemplating their tea.
A good day was had by all and thanks to the Road Captain Graham for another great ride.