Wetherby Wheelers Christmas lunch and ride, Crooked Billet, Sunday 11 December 2022

Twenty two Wheelers had starved themselves ready for a festive feed. Those who had ridden to the Crooked Billet parked their steeds at the rear of the pub, with one managing a more festive appearance. 🎄The others had driven there, sharing the car space, to enable a modest intake of alcohol.
Some of the non riders had indulged in improving their appetites on the indoor trainer, Kathy, and turbo, Bob L before arriving.
Those of us who had braved the elements set off at varying times and locations to coincide with a noon arrival.
With Pete Dack coming from Leeds and Steve P from Garforth, putting in a loop of their own prior to arrival.
The forward scouting party set off at 9.30 from the Shambles with Bob J leading Mike B south through Tadcaster on a Christmas circuit taking in the A162 down to Brotherton before a return via Fairburn Ings to observe the wildlife.
One other early starter chose a route out to Copmanthorpe crossing the river at Naburn and then heading to Cawood and Church Fenton. I didn’t have time for a snifter at the Fenton Flyer.
This left the main platoon to commence proceedings from the Shambles at 10.30. The delay could have been down to wanting to visit Wetherby’s Dickensian Market. The riders were Graham, Sean, Steve W, Geoff , Phil, Simon, sorry if I missed anyone.
They also headed south via Tadcaster but took a detour through Ulleskelf and Church Fenton before finishing at the pub.
The remaining nine being Jean, good to see you, Glyn, Bill, the Organiser, Nick, Stuart, Gavin, very dapper, Pete C, Paddy and Kenn, looking very fit after his recent cruise.

I have to say the meal was very enjoyable with excellent portions, I could only manage two courses. It’s always a treat to get a decent pint as well.
With everyone choosing from a menu displaying plenty of options the only thing missing were the crackers. Or was that me and the rest of the riders!

Despite thinking we could settle in for a full session it was time to leave.
I decided to be first away to allow a steady ride home and work off some of the meal. I’m sure the remaining party were not far behind. A great lunch, good company and a fine, largely sunny day, even if a tad chilly. Thanks to all and a merry Christmas 🎅🏻

Steve B