Not surprisingly the weather was the usual factor affecting the destination and length of the ride. Well on Friday the forecast was for a light breeze from the east with rain likely from noon.
Phil R had said he would decide in the morning and sure enough he messaged to say he had a late gig and wouldn’t be coming, presumably he had to stop out until he had sold all his copies of the Big Issue the night before.
Well Alec and myself, Steve B were joined in the Shambles by Phil W, who said I need to be back early as I have to be in Harrogate for 1pm. Another presumably, retail therapy support Phil?
We set off to Walton to meet the fourth member of the squad , Pete C.
With the weather being uncertain I had decided on a short loop and a cafe stop at the Grange. Our route took us to Wighill, Tadcaster, Bolton Percy, Appleton Roebuck, Acaster Malbis initially.
Bolton Percy is like many villages dating back to the Doomsday Book when its name was just Bolton. The Percy was added in the 13th century following William the Conqueror placing the Percy family as Lords of the Manor.
That completes the history lesson so moving on. We were blessed with dry roads and quiet conditions.
Pete was out for only his second ride in weeks and despite everything made slight work of the effort.
Unfortunately Phil was riding the same route as he had on Thursday. The plan was to cross the Ouse at Naburn and ride to Fulford, returning over the Millennium Bridge to Bishopthorpe and onto our coffee stop.
At a steady pace we arrived at the Ship Inn at Acaster Malbis to be faced by the Tsunami of water. This scuppered the plan so we decided to head through Copmanthorpe and onto Askham Richard and the Grange.
We recommended Phil cracked on so as not to miss his retail therapy.
The three of us settled in the cafe for their usual excellent food at extremely modest prices. I even ordered a Christmas cake, again very reasonable.
However while relaxing the rain came which made us avoid a longer loop home and we cracked on back via a more direct one.
At this time of year just getting out is great and again glad we did.