Boston Spa to Thirsk, Tuesday 7th March 2023, 62 miles

A chilly start to the day but a blue sky and bright sunshine 🌞.

Six Wheelers expected, Kathy, Pete C, Bob L, Keith, Steve P and me. However more importantly, we gave a very WW’s welcome to Neil who had read the Club’s website and had decided to join us as a potential new member.

Neil has only been in Bramham for 4 years and cycling for 2 years. He informed us his longest ride to date was 30 miles. I gave him the news that we were going to Thirsk via Easingwold and Kilburn and as he had fresh legs his job was to plough a furrow into the wind for the outward ride. Only joking Neil. To be fair he said he was up for the full circuit.

Our route was the usual , Walton, Cattal, Whixley, Aldwark Bridge, Easingwold, Coxwold and Kilburn.
A steady pace was set by Kathy and we took turns to keep Neil company not wanting to tire anyone too early. He was enjoying riding in company on roads he had not ridden before.

I had taken a last minute call before starting from Geoff saying he would meet us en route. As we approached Coxwold we heard his dulcet tones and our ranks swelled to eight.

Before descending to Kilburn we had the obligatory team photo. After which through Kilburn and onto Bagby and then Thirsk, not before I nearly got a lift from a Dunelms van.

The ride out was 34 miles and my reducing popularity took a further reduction as the desire for coffee increased, thankfully arriving at Upstairs Downstairs cafe in just the nick of time. Scones, cake, toasted sandwich, bacon sandwich plus drinks revived us all. It also meant that a 40-minute stop was not only welcome but didn’t put pressure on the journey time. I did say to the lady who organised the table for all of us that they were very close to the standards experienced at Downton Abbey. 😂

Heading home took us through Sowerby, Sessay, Thornton Bridge and Boroughbridge to join the A168. We took full advantage of a tailwind.
Geoff peeled off at the Arkendale turning while I left them at Wetherby, leaving the remaining guys to the final few miles back to BS. Great day all and thanks 😊.

Steve B