To some extent the normal Tuesday ride had been hijacked with a planned Drive and Ride from Howden around the Humber and it’s tributories. The ride did not preclude others from having an outing from BS if they so wished.
Seven Samurai gathered at Hailgate car park in Howden at 9.00am ready for the assault on the Humber Bridge. Such promise of action had brought our guest rider all the way on her bike from Brighton looking to make a name for herself, storming the Bridge.
So on a very overcast and drizzle threatening morning the following members gathered. Pete D, Pete C, Keith, Steve P, Nick and his niece Katy (our ghost rider, I mean guest rider) and myself Steve B.
With the weather uncertain there was a few opting for rain jackets from the start. They were to be on and off at regular intervals (bride and nightie comes to mind).
The ride was meant to be a social one with the promise of history and geography stops included.
Rolling out about 9.20am we headed to Knedlington before turning south to briefly join the main road and over the Ouse before turning to Hook and onto Goole. Pete C said is that the Humber Bridge above us, to which I replied no it was the Boothferry Bridge over the Ouse and part of the main road to Hull. I wasn’t expecting to provide extra tuition for geography as well!
We rode through the old town and port area of Goole and out to Swinefleet before turning to Reedness continuing to hug the course of the Ouse. Reedness was our history stop where I can only assume the church tower clockmaker had in a drunken state added an extra marker to the twelve and created a “thirteen o clock “. We took the opportunity to cross the road and take in the expanse of the Ouse as it flowed east.
Riding on we left the Ouse and headed south now following the line of the Trent. The first available bridge to cross was at Keadby and our target, we were not alone as other cyclists were enjoying the day and drizzle. 🌧
Once over the Trent we followed it north on its eastern bank to Flixborough and our first cafe stop. Can I say this cafe would challenge the Ritz for its service without needing a mortgage. Beans on toast with poached egg and a standard coffee was £4. Beans content was excellent.
Travelling up the ridge through the villages we had a spot of fragmentation but soon we were altogether again head to Alkborough and our geography stop. A brief one to take in the view of the confluence of the Ouse, the Trent and the Humber.
School over for the day we headed to South Ferriby before dropping down to the Humber and the cycle path onto the Big Bridge. The roads had been quiet and the foot bridge lane wasn’t busy either. The usual obligatory photos taken we rode on having to negotiate the exit and main road to get us onto our quieter route back west. Thanks to Keith for leading us on to the cycle path adjoining the main road.
Travelling through Melton and Welton we arrived at our second cafe stop at Ellougton. Why is it cafes insist on closing Mondays and Tuesdays, surely a niche in the market to exploit. Fortunately an open all hours shop next door provided drinks and chocolate.
On to Ellerker and Broomfleet before turning to Newport and Scalby. The feature of this part of the country side are the larger number of dykes and the dead end lanes.
With the end in sight we headed from Scalby to Faxfleet, Blacktoft and Yokefleet. But not before another sharp shower halting the group to don rain jackets. Strangely I again resisted as it was only a passing cloud.
At Laxton we skipped the last two miles through Saltmarshe and rode straight to Howden and our cars. Thanks for all the support guys I appreciated it.