Wetherby – Askern, Sunday 26th June 2022, 64 miles

Frank, Nick, Bob and myself (Bill) turned up at (9:00 am) for the Sunday ride and collectively took the decision to change the destination to Askern because the wind was blowing at 20 mph directly from the south. We wanted to have a tail wind home and were not disappointed.

In order to get as much shelter as possible from the southerly wind, we relied on Bob’s expert knowledge of the pathways and lanes between Wetherby and Askern. I would struggle to find this route again as it took us on cycle paths and back alleys which I never knew existed. We crossed the river Aire on the original Ferry Bridge, then on through the town of Knottingley, an all new experience for all but one of us. We finally got back on familiar roads just before we reach Womersley, arriving in Askern for lunch at the Park Lake Cafe about 2 and a half hours after leaving Wetherby.

We took the more usual route back home via Beal and Birkin and had a coffee stop at the Potting Shed in Hillam. The strong tail wind make the homeward ride fast and easy riding, getting back to Boston Spa at about 3:00 pm.