Boston Spa – Riccall, Tuesday 30th May 2023, 39 miles

Report by Pete Cartledge. I was designated to lead as Steve Booker had hospital commitments for Carol. Eight members met at B.Spa at 9.15am. The team being Phil R. Gavin, Sean, Neil, Nick, Keith, Bill, and me, but only Bill was appropriately dressed for the occasion. The weather was COLD. Because the previous four days had been very warm, the rest of us believed this day would be the same. How wrong can you be !! We set off towards Tadcaster, turning to Toulston. After only a very short time, although I did not know it Gavin was cold and decided he was turning back to his car…

The rest of us carried on through Stutton, Ulleskelf, Cawood, Riccall, and onto the cycle path to Naburn. Then to the cafe at Copmanthorpe for a much-needed hot drink The weather had not got any warmer and Keith had difficulty in taking his helmet off as his fingers were so numb. Mine were not much better. My planned route back was to go through Askham Bryan, Askham Richard, Marston and Tockwith just to get at least 50 miles in, but some of our team wanted to take the quickest way home, so it was Healaugh, Wighill, and Walton, where Bill and Phil left us. It was only 41 miles for me and I was still cold.

Within one hour of being home the sun came out and it turned out to be a lovely afternoon. Sods Law 😁.

Pete C