WW Tuesday Social, ride of the Swollen Rivers, 14 March 2023, 50 miles.

Desperate for a ride, six intrepid riders assembled at BS church for the usual 9.15 start.
They were Pete C, Bob L, Neil, Keith, Steve P and me.
A special welcome to Neil who had signed on the bottom line and was now a fully fledged WW.
Kathy was sunning herself in the Lake District so couldn’t join us.
With the wind from the WNW the plan was to ride north to Ripon and then west to Boroughbridge and the Dunsforths, with a cafe stop at Plenty.
Off we went negotiating the roadworks before crossing a very swollen Wharfe heading towards Wood Lane.
Taking the cycle path into Wetherby we headed to Kirk Deighton and Knaresborough crossing a very swollen Nidd on the way out twice. We then rode on through Scriven and back to Farnham heading to Bishop Monkton and Littlethorpe. Big Buzzy Buzzard watched overhead in case there were any easy pickings. The next leg took us to Skelton and Boroughbridge but not before we crossed the river Ure sweeping all before in its swollen state and to finish off we crossed it a second time as we entered Boroughbridge. Thankfully despite being swollen it allowed us over the bridge.
Settling into our tables at Plenty, a three and three we enjoyed a selection of offerings, scrambled eggs, beans on toast, fruit scones and flapjacks. Plus the obligatory coffees.
The conversation covered all our yesterday’s of TT achievements, running performances and the benefits gained from indoor cycle trainers especially after retiring. I was concerned Keith on Zwift was spending far too much time with Miguel. Certainly retiring meant more time to train and improve.
The final miles home took us via the Dunsforths, Queen Ethelbergs, Whixley village and across the railway to the A168 crossing the swollen Nidd on o way to Wetherby. I peeled off leaving the guys to complete their homeward miles. Good to be out and we avoided the early afternoon snow and rain.
Thanks chaps.
Ps. How many times did I use the word swollen?