Thursday21 March

Report by Bob

Wetherby Wheelers Thurs 21 Mar 2024

We gathered en mass at the Shambles – at least ten of us, the majority of whom were carbo-loaded from the previous evening’s curry night (thanks Steve). A footnote to this report could include that we ought to get the rice ordering sorted out, as we seemed to have enough for a whole peloton! In light rain, we dodged the early season tourists around York Minster and headed for elevenses at Dean’s Garden Centre. The café is a bit of a pensioner-fest, but then many of us are also of a venerable age. The rain grew a little heavier over coffee & cake so the discussion morphed towards who was going straight home. It left five of us heading to Malton to enjoy the rolling terrain of the Howardian Hills and the railway station café, which perhaps looks a little tired, but its prices have a strong appeal to Yorkshire folk. The rain had stopped as we left; unfortunately, the brightness heralded an increasing headwind, but we managed, taking the drag of Terrington main street and Cote de Crayke in our stride. I peeled off at Whixley crossroads, being a Harrogate-arian; but I’m given to understand that all others also returned home without incident. Thanks as always to my riding companions; I didn’t log the distance, or metres climbed, or average speed, or even energy expended, but it was certainly a very good day out.