Wetherby to Terrington, Sunday 2nd April 2023, 72 miles

On a lovely sunny but chilly morning six wheelers set off towards Terrington via Easingwold. Bill made it his first Sunday ride of the year and was accompanied by Nick, Geoff, Kathy, Pete Dack and Graham. The usual route through Cattal and over Aldwark bridge and into Easingwold marketplace and The Fika cafe. The cafe was amazingly quiet but we had a good chat before Bill decided not to push his luck and headed for home. Nick had planned a scenic route through Crayke, Bransby and Whenby before we had to tackle Terrington Bank. The cafe thankfully was open and not too busy and we all managed to sit together. The soup apparently was excellent and Pete seemed to get the best deal with soup and a sandwich. Geoff however wasn’t so pleased with the price of his Scotch egg.

Bob Johnson had been in touch and the plan was to meet him in Sheriff Hutton. As we left, we were made aware of a car rally passing through the village but thankfully most had already passed by. So, it was back down Terrington Bank and on to Sheriff Hutton where we passed a well-attended point-to-point event. We picked up Bob and headed for Farlington but were soon stopped in our tracks by Geoff’s rear tyre exploding. Geoff knows his place and of course watched while Bob got to work fitting a new tube and patching the big hole in Geoff’s warn-out tyre. Once back on track we turned left in Farlington and onto a new road for me that took us to Sutton on the Forest. I then messed up Nick’s route by telling Geoff to turn left. Sorry Nick. However, the new route did take us through the grounds of Beningbrough Hall and the along the Ouse back to Aldwark. Bob and Geoff left us at Great Ouseburn while the rest of the group headed back to Tockwith to drop Nick. It was then back to Walton where Pete headed south and Kathy and I turned for Wetherby.

Graham