Wetherby – Leyburn, Thursday 29th June 2023, 90 miles

Our normal 09:30 meet in the Shambles was proceeded by a visit by Mark Lawrence for a coffee and chat prior to going to his dentist.
Mark looked in good health although he is still not fully recovered from his cycling accident last year.
Coffees and chat done the group consisting of yours truly Pete D, Graham, Sean, Michael Brawley, Steve P, Nick, Bill, Glyn, Kathy, Greg, Geoff and Phil, a nice round dozen set forth.
Our route to Leyburn was the usual B6164 to Knaresborough and onto Boroughbridge.
As we numbered twelve riders we split into two groups, Graham leading the front bunch and a joint effort for the leadership of the second peloton followed.
Our first stop for coffee was Melmerby, one of our regular watering holes, with Graham adding an extra loop for his crew to enable a regrouping of the club for coffee, and it worked.
The proprietor of The Hub cafe took a team photo for his Facebook page that everybody was happy to smile for, one to look out for.
After a slightly longer than normal coffee break we set off north to our destination Leyburn, Bill deciding that he was going to return home and left us to continue our journey.
We turned west at Bedale and continued into a stiffening breeze to the Post Horn Cafe in Leyburn.
With plenty of tables available outside and the sun deciding to show its face, six of us decided to eat outside, three softies ate inside and two decided on a bench and sandwiches from a local shop.
The service unusually was slow for the sunshine group and they almost forgot Mike B’s coffee, not to be messed with he quickly sorted it out, the softies inside seemed to fair better.
Still, fed and nourished we prepared for our wind-assisted return home.
Our return route was very pleasant with the wind at our backs and the sun shining we made good progress via West Tanfield, Ripon and onto Knaresborough. A majority decision not to stop for coffee in Ripon was accepted without any Brexit problems and whinges.
Geoff left us at Knaresborough and a quick stop at the garage for some to refuel was followed by a swift final leg back to Wetherby, with Nick leaving us near North Deighton to return home to Tockwith.
On reaching our usual stopping place in Wetherby the remaining group split and headed home after agreeing that it was an excellent ride, well managed and enjoyed by all.
Thank you one and all for a good day.

Pete D