Thursday Ride Report

Thursday (04/04/2024) Ride Report – Richmond – Mike B

And so it was that eight Wheelers Mike, Steve P, Pete, Dave, Graham, Nick, Phil and Sean F set off for Boroughbridge, along the A168, on a surprisingly cold spring morning. In Boroughbridge, we were joined by Dennis and Kathy and made our way, along our usual route, to Melmerby for a welcome coffee break. From there we headed for Bedale, again on our usual route, but with far more than the usual amount of water on the roads. In Bedale, Dennis and Sean decided to head for Masham and then home, whereas the rest of the intrepid group set out for Crakehall, Catterick and Brompton-on-Swale, before arriving for a lunch stop in the Market Hall, Richmond. After a convivial lunch the world was a much better place, until we discovered that Pete had punctured. His front tyre was surprisingly difficult to remove from the rim, but once repaired we rode on to Catterick Garrison, Scotton and then hit the pleasingly long descent along Craggs Lane towards, but not into, Patrick Brompton. Not long afterwards, having practised our inner tube replacement skills, we changed Graham’s punctured inner tube in relatively quick time. To our surprise we found that the puncture had been caused by an animal tooth. After much deliberation and discussion, informed by our resident dentist Nick, we decided that the offending tooth was probably a squirrel incisor. Onwards then to West Tanfield and the main road to Ripon. From there we headed along our traditional route via Bishop Monkton and Copgrove to Knaresborough. Riding along the road from Knaresborough to Wetherby, the group separated a little, but most of the group said a fond farewell to Nick just after Little Ribston and then made for Wetherby. It stayed cold all day for a relatively long (about 90 miles), but nevertheless enjoyable ride. Thanks to Graham, as always, for his route planning and to the group for their company.