10 Wheelers met at Boston Spa for a ride to Ripon and Boroubridge on a scenic route devised by Steve which would have been 70 miles in total. However, shortly after leaving North Deighton the front group of 6 (Pete D, Bob, Gavin, Neil, Stuart and me) got separated from the other 4 (Bill, Pete C, Steve and John) and so we waited in a layby expecting them to catch up shortly. However, Steve rang to let us know that they were heading back as Pete’s crank had broken and told us to carry on. As we were all unsure of the route that Steve had prepared Pete D downloaded the route onto his Garmin and we set off towards Knaresborough, turning off towards Scotton and then onto Farnham. Stuart decided that he wanted a shorter ride and turned off towards Bishop Monkton whilst the remaining (not so famous) five of Pete D, Bob, Gavin, Neil and me, carried on to Burton Leonard and then Markington. Rapidly descending towards Fountains Abbey thinking I knew the way Pete shouted that we needed to take a sharp left turn uphill towards Sawley. At this point me and Gavin were in our biggest gears trying to make a sharp reverse turn up a steep hill and some extra power was needed to try and rejoin the others.
A lovely not much used route up and down a few hills got us to Risplith where we had a long fast descent into Ripon. We had a good lunch in Olivers Pantry and discussed various topics, including why Council Tax was increasing so much in North Yorkshire when the newly merged Councils were supposed to be making savings from the merger, rogue builders in Spain and in the UK, money laundering and which way we were going back. Although Steve’s planned route heading north of Ripon to Boroughbridge sounded good, we decided that given the time we should head straight back a shorter way via Knaresborough, turning off towards Tockwith after Little Ribston. As there was no-one in the group that needed to get back to Wetherby we all then carried on into Walton and then over the bridge into Boston Spa. The sun decided to make an appearance for the final leg from Tockwith warming us all up at last after a very cold day.
I understand Pete made it home safely with the other 3 Wheelers and the required mechanical repairs have been done and stabilizers fitted for next week.