Wetherby Wheelers Sunday Ride to Selby, 11th Feb 2024, 52 miles.

{Category Ride Report]

This is a ride I generally don’t mind missing but I couldn’t see any names down on the WhatsApp group so turned up in the shambles possibly hoping I could divert Nick somewhere else. However on arriving there was no one there except John Miller ( new member hopefully) who had done the Saturday ride and had turned up to try the Sunday one. I ignored him of course but he was quick to introduce himself and Nick duly arrived with a plan. The three of us headed off for Naburn via Healaugh. The road was incredibly wet. The road flooded in numerous places but luckily the cars treated us kindly.
Once over the river and on the cycle track we changed plan and decided to stay on it to Riccall. This is a nice section and has a good surface. However after Riccall the track isn’t much more than a narrow footpath and is very close to the main road. Perhaps we should have stuck to Nick’s original route. Too late however, so on through Barlby, past the old mills and into Selby. Nick asked for help finding the Cafe "The Hub" but I had never been. (Selby Bus Station/Garden Centre yes) When we did find it unfortunately it was closed. Nick decided to ask a friendly local for directions to another cafe only to find himself being invited into a religious debate. He might have been off his head on drugs?? Nick obviously missed the signs.
At this point Nick was very against making do in Costa and so we did a quick tour of the market place but to no avail. Finally, we agreed to head to Sherburn garden centre. So we made our way out through Bishop Wood, Bishopdyke Road and in to Sherburn. The gods were once again against us as the menu was just Sunday lunch or coffee and cake. Coffee and cake then. However, we had time to have a good chat and conversation with John and try to convince him that we were usually much more organised. The return leg took us through Saxton, past Lotherton and into Aberford. Nick left us in Bramham and John and myself headed along West Woods Road to Wetherby.
Graham