Wetherby – Thirsk, Thursday 19th January 2023, 63 miles

One Wheeler and one guest rider (Tim) left the Shambles on a very cold morning and headed along the A168 to Boroughbridge, where we met up with Dennis as previously arranged. From there we sped along to Norton Le Clay, Cundall, Asenby and Topcliffe where we joined the A167 to Sandhutton. On through Sandhutton and to the right turn on to Newsham Road towards Thirsk. Unfortunately, neither Dennis nor Tim wanted to continue along Newsham Road which was dry, but ungritted and so we retraced our tracks back to Busby Stoop roundabout and turned towards Thirsk via Carlton Miniott. Tim was unaware that the Inn at Busby Stoop (now Jaipur Spice), used to contain a chair that was cursed by the landlord, Thomas Busby in 1702, just before he was hanged for murdering his father. Legend has it that many people have died within days or even hours of sitting in the chair, which is now housed at Thirsk Museum, out of harms away. After a very agreeable lunch at Upstairs Downstairs we left Thirsk via Sowerby. It quickly became apparent that even though we thought that the road (Smith Moor Lane) was a bus route that it too had not been gritted. So at Dalton we turned for Topcliffe, from where we retraced our route back to Boroughbridge. From Boroughbridge we cycled through Staveley and on to Knaresborough where we parted company with Dennis. Tim and I then made our way back to Wetherby via Little Ribston etc. A cold day, but some decent sunshine primarily on gritted roads that were ice free. As always good to be out!

Mike B