Boston Spa – Bedale, Tuesday 30th August, 78 miles

Another week with a revolving cast albeit with fewer changes than we sometimes have. We started out with 9 riders (John B, Pete C, Pete D, Bill K, Bob L, Alec M, Phil R, Frank T and me (Keith R) heading out of Boston Spa on our way to Bedale. We met Nick just before the Cowthorpe turn and Phil left us at Boroughbridge so for a few miles we had 10 riders. I confess to being at the back so didn’t actually see him leave! We stopped for coffee at Melmerby before John left us near Exelby. The remaining 8 riders headed to the Tandem café at the 360 cycleworx bike shop in Bedale for lunch. Service and food is excellent as is their lost property department which was used by Frank on his last trip. Fortunately, Frank had left home without his trusty bag this time so the lost property department could stand down. We headed back through Thorpe Perrow, Wath, Sharow, and Skelton before reaching Boroughbridge where the group split. Those riders on a 3-stop strategy called in for another coffee while the 2-stop guys headed back through the Dunsforths making good use of the tailwind. The weather turned out to be decent and as forecasted all day despite some very dark clouds at the start so another very good ride.