Boston Spa – Copmanthorpe, Tuesday 25th July 2023, 37 miles

8 club members met at Boston Spa Church: Kathy, Steve P., Stuart, Nick, Bill, Steve B and myself although Steve B had forgotten his bike! He arrived by car as his knee is still playing up, so he nominated me as ride leader.

We needed a short route as the forecast was iffy with rain by lunchtime. As Steve B waved us away, we set off through the village towards Tadcaster, turning right up towards Toulston picking up the road to Stutton. Then on to Ulleskelf and over Cawood Bridge where Stuart bade us farewell due to family commitments. We then headed to Riccall picking up the cycle path to Naburn and Little Acorns cafe at Copmanthorpe for refreshments. Steve P must have been opening Xmas crackers as the jokes he was telling were corny but we pretended to laugh so as to not offend! (Sorry, Steve!). My plan was to leave Copmanthorpe and go through Askham Richard, Long Marston to Tockwith to keep Nick company, but as the sky darkened we decided to take the shorter route through Healaugh and Wighill saying farewell to Nick at Rudgate and then Bill at Walton, leaving Kathy to pick up her car in Boston Spa. Steve P came back to my place for coffee and Ann’s cake and just as he was leaving the inevitable happened ….. rain! I guess Steve was the only one to get wet. Probably only 40 miles for me but 55 for Steve P. An enjoyable ride for me as I haven’t ridden for a few weeks.

Pete C