Wetherby – Allerthorpe, Sunday 19th March 2023

Five ‘Not so Famous ‘ Wheelers comprising Nick, Pete, Graham, Bob and myself set off fairly promptly (that’s a first) from the Shambles for the trip to Allerthorpe, a repeat for mega mileage man Pete who had also gone there last Thursday.

A lovely sunny day and a tail wind on a flat route lulled us into thinking this would be easy but coming home later proved to be hard work into the wind which seemed to have increased in strength.
Heading out to Wheldrake Bob got twitchy ( well he hadn’t done his usual 200k the day before) and shot off, never to be seen again until Allerthorpe, later complaining of too much freewheeling and not paying attention to the back wheel in front.

Approaching the bridge at Sutton upon Derwent Nick said that he had written to the council about our cyclist rights when crossing but was still waiting for a reply.

After a good feed at the cafe ( bargain price of £5.50 for a sausage and egg sandwich and pot of tea) we headed home, this time pretty much keeping it together. Pete left us at Escrick and Graham just before the turn to Askham Richard. Nick had a date with his neighbour and fellow Wheeler, Simon (and family) late afternoon. Simon is moving away to live in Middleton on the Wolds and will be missed. I like his dry sense of humour, occasionally gently ribbing me on such topics as the merits of the Wales rugby team.

Bob and I got back to Knaresborough about 4pm, my longest ride for more than a year.

Geoff