Our cub ride was on September 1st, the first day of Autumn according to the Meteorological definition (not the Astronomical), but as it was sunny and 20 degrees plus, it still felt like summer! So, ten Wheelers met at 9.30 am, bound for Pickering, led by Graham B and including Michael B, Steve W, Mark L, Glyn F, Bill K, Steve C, Pete D, Dennis M and me, Phil W.
We set out from Wetherby towards Deighton Gates, turning towards Walshford on the A168, then to Hunsingore, Cattal, over the A59 to Whixley, Little Ouseburn, over Aldwark Bridge towards Alne but turning right to Tollerton beforehand. The wind against was quite a challenge so we took turns at the front. We wound our way through the beautiful countryside and the villages of Huby, Stillington, Marton in the Forest before stopping at the lovely village of Sherrif Hutton for the first stop. We sat outside Quarmby’s Cafe for refreshments, the staff were very friendly, we all enjoyed a jovial half hour in the sun before cracking on.
Michael, Dennis and Bill planned to return after the first stop, but not until they had cycled up Terrington Bank before heading home. The remaining seven cycled through Terrington, past Castle Howard and through Amotherby. As we climbed to the top of the hills, the view of the Yorkshire Moors was spectacular, as can be seen from the photograph, (though I think we were trying to locate Pickering……}.
Proceeding through Kirby Misperton we arrived in Pickering and a lunch stop at a cafe called the Caffe Stop (?!) at about 1.30pm. The food and service were great, again we could sit out and enjoy the sunshine and the chat, before heading back with the wind in our favour. We cycled through Marton and Brawby, turning right at Barton-le-Street towards Hovingham. The next ten miles towards Easingwold were quite lumpy, Glyn developed a slow puncture which failed before Crayke, so Mark and Graham provided pit crew support to get him going again.
In Easingwold we stopped to buy drinks from the local store, before pressing home via Alne, Aldwark, Little Ouseburn. Several members split from the group as we got closer to Wetherby, with several doing well over a 100 miles as they cycled home towards Leeds.
It was a really enjoyable ride, with an inspired choice of route, excellent company and wonderful weather.