Wetherby – White Horse Bank, Sunday 14th April 2023, 64 miles

4 Wheelers met in the Shambles for the ride to White Horse Bank, Bill, Nick, Geoff and myself (Kathy). Previous club members Dave and Nina Burnell popped by to say hello and it was great to see them both but sadly they are unable to make it out on any cycle rides at the moment due to family commitments.

After a discussion as to who was up for riding up White Horse Bank and various excuses being made, we set off towards Walshford down the familiar A168, turning off towards Cattle and crossing the railway line, heading on to Whixley and then to Great Ouseburn. We said fond farewells to Aldwark Bridge until the Autumn and double-checked with the tollman that it was definitely still shutting for repairs from Monday 17th April until October. He confirmed that it is.

We carried onwards to Easingwold with the sun trying to break out and extra layers being taken off. Coffee in Easingwold was at a new (to us) cafe – The Olive Branch where we met up with Bob who consumed his first sausage sandwich of the day. It was lovely to be able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. We discussed who was up for White Horse Bank and Nick said definitely, Bob and Geoff said definitely no and I wavered. Bill was avoiding the decision altogether and heading straight back to Wetherby. In the end the 4 of us decided to stick together and have a nice rolling ride to Cotswold, Kilburn and Bagby. Nick being club chairman was able to change the published ride at short notice and still award us all maximum points for the ride.

We had lunch sat outside at the Old Barn coffee shop near Bagby where Bob had his second sausage sandwich and generous portions of beans on toast were consumed by Nick and myself. We were glad we didn’t have to go into Thirsk and it was nice and quiet at the Old Barn and the food was good. We decided we should use this cafe more rather than going in to Thirsk.

For the return ride we headed towards Topcliffe, then Asenby, Cundall and Boroughbridge. On the way to Topcliffe we met up with a tractor rally and had the benefit of their windbreaks for a while as we were sandwiched between the tractors, but after a mile or so they turned off back to Thirsk leaving us heading into a light southerly breeze.

From Boroughbride we made our way to Knaresborough where we said goodbye to Geoff and Bob. I said goodbye to Nick just outside Little Ribston and “glided” into Wetherby.

Kathy