Tuesday 2 April 2024, Bedale 80 miles.

Meeting at BS church were Neil, Keith, Gavin, Dave, Pete C and me Steve B.
Bedale is generally a popular ride however we were missing a few regulars due to other commitments. It was to prove a ride of mishaps.
Leaving Kirk Deighton we collected Nick along the way as well.
Our route out was to Knaresborough initially and the first mishap occurred before we got to the A59 roundabout.
My front light broke free and bounced onto the road, fortunately after stopping we found it still worked but not much use in my back pocket.
Access to Halfpenny lane in Knaresborough was blocked due to roadworks and a detour via the Stockwell lane and road were necessary.
Once we reached the top of Farnham rise Pete and Nick left us Pete was still taking it steady following his fall and back injury, plus Nick had family duties.
This left five of us to ride on via Bishop Monkton to Littlethorpe, Copt Hewick, Sharrow, Hutton Conyers and Nunwick to Wath. As expected there was the usual surface water at Nunwick.
Coming into Wath the next mishap occurred. Dave’s bike unseated its mudflap and also his rear light.
Another stop as we recovered said items before turning onto the Tanfield road and then the Thornborough road. I had decided we might put in a few variations on the route and from the Masham road we turned for Carthorpe but then onto Snape. A village the other four had not been through. While stopping for a photo one of the locals told us tea and coffee were available at the Methodist hall, I think he said it was do it yourself!?
Moving on we came to the Masham Bedale road and before travelling into town and the Cycle shop cafe for much needed sustenance we took in the loop through Firby.
At cycleworx we enjoyed beans on toast, coffee etc while sat in the warm weather outside.
Keith had to speed back home directly as one of their dogs needed attention and he understandably did not want to leave Lisa with the whole problem. This left four of us. Yet another mishap then occurred.
I went to top up my water bottle and in the doorway saw the Muc Off sign saying top up your bottle. Excellent, I turned the tap and out came a pink fluid. Mmm!!!, below the tap it said degreaser, too late was the cry. Apparently I’m not the first to make that mistake. This meant I needed to purchase a new bottle, Doh !
£5 lighter we set off through the villages. My planned return again was to take in a few different lanes and settlements. At Burneston we turned left upto the A6055 and left again under the A1 towards Pickhill. Safer than negotiating a crossing of both carriageways.
This route, apart from a mile of poor road was to take us on a scenic run to Pickhill, Sinderby, Skipton on Swale and Catton through to Topcliffe. Our exit coming up the ride next to the Northallerton road .
A brief stop for medicinal jelly babies and we were onto BB and the A168 and home.
Great day chaps and thanks to Neil and Dave who both responded to the support on the front coming home.

Till next time.