WW Tuesday Ride to Riccall, 42 miles, 23 January 2024.

Four members of the Wheelers SAS squad assembled at BS church ready for action. In case you are unsure of the meaning, SAS stands for Saturated and Soggy.
The four were Neil, Keith, Dave W and me Steve B.
We were honoured with Pete C in his cycling gear, he decided to not ride, and Stuart fresh from his Medical repairs, turning out to wave us off. It was hardly a six month tour from Portsmouth 😄 to the Red Sea.
The forecast had deteriorated from Monday. The weather Gods were continuing with their diet of baked beans and mushy peas with the promise of winds for the rest of the week.
In view of the weather I had chosen a shorter route and we set off to Wighill, Tadcaster, Bolton Percy, Appleton Roebuck and Acaster Malbis.
The Wharf was running high when we crossed the bridge and it became more ominous that flooding was going to affect our journey. Sure enough as we rode towards Wighill the view to the right was filled with the newly formed permanent feature of the Tadcaster Lagoons. Thankfully the crocs were hibernating.
Dave and Keith were deep in conversation busy planning the next Rugby Lions Tour. 🏉

I commented on the Lady we regularly see out running on Daw Lane, in all weathers. Special Chapeau to her.
Riding past Acaster Airfield the police were hiding in one of the openings clearly avoiding any grief. 🚔

It was obvious Acaster Malbis would be flooded yet again and that forced us to ride to Bishopthorpe in order to get to the cycle path. The Ouse had broken its banks and the whole area was flooded Again. The only thing missing was a rebuild of Noah‘a Ark. That said the area looked like a film scene from Dunkirk with the small boats waiting to pick up survivors.
The run down the cycle path to Riccall was into the wind and we were glad to make the cafe as we had endured a constant stop start of rain for the first 22 miles.
Fortunately we managed to squeeze onto two tables and enjoy a hot drink and food.
With the risk of flooding around Naburn we took the sensible option of retracing our ‘steps’ , at least the wind was with us.
A further variation on the route was to follow the whole cycle path back to Askham Bryan and then by road to Healaugh, Wighill and Walton. There we split into two groups to head home.
Two miles from home my front brake started to bind but thankfully it continued to work.
Pleased to say a new cable fitted so all should be well.
All in all a good ride despite the elements.

Ps. Kathy, any chance you can return with some warm sunny weather with a constant tailwind for us. 😄