WW Tuesday Ride to Easingwold, 60 miles, 8th August 2023.

In Bingo calling, legs eleven was our number for the day. On what promised to be a sunny day despite a stiff westerly wind we assembled at BS church for the start. Neil, Keith, Bob L, Pete C, Pete D, Steve P, Gavin, Stuart, Alec, [don’t forget your subs everyone], Bill and me.
Our ride was to Easingwold as we hadn’t been there for many weeks with a different route home.
Setting off in two groups across the Wharfe to Walton and onto Rudgate towards Cattal, it didn’t take me long to realise what a numpty! I had left my drinks in the fridge at home. This meant an extra stop at Whixley to buy a drink. From there we turned to Thorpe Underwood and onto the Dunsforths to Boroughbridge. We turned at Thornton Bridge for Easingwold and after 30 miles we arrived at the Fika Tea rooms for refreshments. It was excellent timing as both groups arrived within a minute of each other.
Tea, coffees, flap jack, scrambled egg, poached egg and scones were the order of the day. Alec didn’t let us down as he had old faithful, sausage and bacon sandwich.
Inside the cafe I had a conversation with a mother, with a very young baby alongside her parents. The little one was only 4 days old, very sweet, just like me.
Our route home was via, Huby, Sutton upon Forest and on towards Wiggington. We turned shortly before to hea to Skelton, on a road which was new to most of us. Crossing the A19 at Skelton to Overton we took the cycle path enabling us to cross the river and get past the ring road as we turned for Poppleton. It was here we had our right left interludes, thankfully no one got lost.
We crossed the A59 and took the cycle path to Rufforth and then turned for Askham Richard , from there we headed to Catterton where Pete D peeled off for home, then Healaugh, Wighill and Walton. The wind was certainly stronger in the second half and we started to get gaps in the peleton but it didn’t detract from a good day out and some fine riding by everyone sharing the load.
From Walton we all took our separate ways home.
Thanks to all.