WW Tuesday Ride to Pocklington via Kirby Underdale and Painsthorpe, 77 miles, 16 April 2024.

With a birthday (still) and Mallorca reducing the possible riders, it didn’t deter 8 hardy souls standing front and centre.
Despite the northerly wind and chilly temperatures Bob L, Pete C, Keith, Neil, Pete D, Dave W, Gavin and me, Steve B elected to maintain the club representation.
Our destination was Pocklington with lunch at Allerthorpe. Unfortunately some cafes don’t open Mondays and Tuesdays, the Mile cafe and Millington for two, so despite the few extra miles it is always worth the wait eating at the lakeside cafe.
We set off a few minutes late ⏰, Neil having been delayed, crossing the Wharfe and onto Walton. From there our route was the usual, Wighill, Healaugh and Copmanthorpe where both Pete C and Bob peeled off as they were still working back to normal fitness. Come on chaps you are beginning to wear that excuse a bit thin, similar to Mr P and his dear wife’s ongoing birthday. 😂 Fear not we men know our place. ‼️🙃
They decided on a coffee at Little Acorns to recover. Both of you seemed in good form but clearly hid the pain well.
This left 6 iron men to ride on. After Bishopthorpe we crossed the Millennium Bridge and rode through Heslington towards Osbaldwick and Murton. Not before a driver insisted on overtaking me and promptly turning left forcing me to take evasive action. I do need to express myself better 😊.
We had been working hard in and out of the wind as we headed through Warthill, Upper Helmsley towards Buttercrambe.
The first time I did this route was with our evergreen leader, Frank, back in 2020. This would be my fourth time.
The name stems from the old English of butere and crambe, the latter meaning bend. The village centres around a rich piece of land on the bend of the river, the Derwent. The water powered cornmill is still there. The single file bridge providing part of the character.
Our route took us to Skirpenbeck. A very quaint village where time seems to have stood still. On to Bugthorpe and then the climbing starts as we head up to Kirby in Underdale. Red troop with their Black Ops leader. 😊

From there through the hamlet of Painsthorpe. The name indicates a clue for the final mile. All those finishing ahead of me need a drugs test. 😝😂😫
At the top it’s down wind and downhill through Givendale to Pocklington and Allerthorpe Lakeside.
Sustenance was very welcome, beans on toast, scrambled eggs on toast, cake, scone, flapjack and even Keith indulged with an egg and sausage sandwich. Warm food and coffee much appreciated.
The weather was finally improving with blue sky and sunshine becoming more prominent as we left.
Our journey was the usual, Melbourne, Sutton on Derwent, Elvington, Wheldrake and Crockey Hill. With the wind still strong but supportive at times we made good time to Naburn and Copmanthorpe. After Askham Richard, Pete D peeled off to Tadcaster and home. The rest of us finally went our separate ways home at Walton.
Great day guys and thanks to all with the shared work on the front and maintaining a collective peloton through K marshalling the troops from the rear. Until next time. ✍️ Signing off.