Thursday ride eport – 28th March – 82 miles

Following a very negative weather forecast and several members away, only four met at the Shambles at 9.30am, with the prospect of rain for the majority of the ride. And guess what, the sun shone for most of the day! So, ride leader Graham B, Michael B, Sean F and myself, Phil W set off from the Wetherby towards Walton and Wighill, looking at blue sky and high cloud in an optimistic mood, having planned to combat the fresh wind from the south with a ride eastwards to Pockington, with a cross wind for most of the route.

We headed through Wighill, Healaugh, Askham Richard and Askham Bryan, crossing the A64 at the roundabout, cycling through Copmanthorpe and on to Acaster Malbis. Turning left along Acaster Lane we joined the cycle track, past the York Marina, Naburn and joining Howden Lane towards Crockey Hill. We turned right, cycled through Wheldrake with the plan of a morning stop at Rebecca’s Kitchen in Elvington, which was…..closed! A quick plan B was formed where we bought a hot drink and a snack from the shop in Elvington village, approximately 25 miles into the ride. Here, we sat outside a pub, enjoyed the refreshments and put the world to right, which didn’t take long.

Leaving Elvington we headed through Melbourne and on to Hayton, where Sean F turned back having completed more than 50 miles from home, so for him a ‘ ton’ was on the cards. The remaining three riders continued to Burnby, through Pocklington town centre and to the Mile End Cafe, our lunch time destination.

On leaving the cafe, we headed north to Meltonby, turning south west through Yapham, along Feoffee Lane to Sutton, generally with stronger winds against us. We retraced part of the route though Elvington and Wheldrake (what a lovely village!), turning left through Escrick and Stillingfleet. The exposed road towards Cawood bridge had a strong wind against, so on reaching it we were pleased to turn towards Ryther and Ulleskelf where the breeze was a little more in our favour. We continued through Stutton and to Bramham, where Michael B peeled off toward home, leaving Graham and I to have a wind assisted ride north along the A168 into Wetherby.

An excellent ride, good weather with some challenging winds, but very enjoyable. 82 miles.

Phil W