Wednesday 7th Feb 2024 – Boston Spa-Allerthorpe Lake – 65miles

Tuesday was wet but Wednesday looked good so Ride Leader Steve suggested we delay The Tuesday ride. It turned out to be a great call because we had great weather – cold, sunny and just about windless. Unfortunately, Steve’s garden was being converted into a trench so he had to stay home which meant I stepped into the breach for one week only!
Regular Tuesday riders Neil P, Steve P, Phil R Dave W met at the church at the usual time and were joined by Phil W making only his second appearance with the Tuesday lot. We set off at a decent pace going via Wighill and Healaugh. Phil R left us at this point and we continued past Askham Bryan College. I managed to stop two riders (who should remain nameless) trying to take a short cut using the A64 before we reached the Planets Path to cross the river. Leaving the path, we noticed that the Moor Lane bridge was still flooded. We intended to come back that way so a route replan was needed for our return. After Escrick and Elvington we took the Thornton road before we stopped at Allerthorpe Lake for lunch being joined by Steve Ward after about 10mins.
Steve P was celebrated a milestone birthday …… although in this case, the milestone was reaching the age when a pension arrives so we helped him spend his first payment by allowing him to pay for our coffees. The ensuing discussion covered a trip to South Africa with photos of an elephant entering living quarters before switching to a potted history of George Hudson (the Railway King) who had a massive impact on so many towns in the area. Steve P then started extolling the virtues of Wetherspoons in Garforth where he was going to celebrate his birthday – fair to say he is not letting his new-found wealth change him!
Steve W rode with us on the way back taking more than his share of riding at the front which meant we made good speed. We headed back on a diversion via Escrick before rejoining the Planets path and came the rest of the way via the airfield at Acaster Selby then Bolton Percy. At Tadcaster, Phil W and Dave W left us to go back via Wighill and Steve W left us to go back to Aberford to get his car. Neil and I rode back to Boston Spa with Steve before heading back to Bramham.
Going back to the start, as we were leaving Boston Spa, we saw my wife leaving the church. Lisa and I act as a local collection point for a charity (The Clothing Bank) that collects clothes in good condition that can be used by people who, for whatever reason, are struggling so she had been there to collect some bags of clothes left by their parishioners. If any members are having a wardrobe clear-out and would like to support the charity, please give me a shout.
One final quirk, being one to notice patterns (whether useful or not!), it was odd that all the riders had surnames from the latter end of the alphabet with 2xP, 2xR and 3xW.
We had lovely weather for the time of year so it was a really good ride – two good Tuesday rides on the trot – long may it continue!

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