Tuesday 7th May 2024 – Boston Spa-Easingwold-Thirsk – 70miles

Steve B is still not well so I (Keith) stepped in again to lead the ride. The turn-out was low with Neil on holiday and Stuart being a recent addition to the injured list. Anyway, five riders (Pete C, Pete D, Fred, Dave W and me) left Boston Spa shortly after 09:15 heading North towards Rudgate into a colder and stiffer headwind than expected. Nick was waiting for us at Cattal Bridge and the six of us made steady progress over Aldwark bridge through Alne to Easingwold. Pete D, Dave and I left the other to head for Thirsk while the others went for a coffee before turning back. The route from Easingwold is almost all on quiet scenic roads going through Coxwold which has to be one of the prettiest villages in the area and then to Kilburn, often with a good view of the White Horse as we rode.

We had lunch with very attentive service at Upstairs Downstairs trusting that the proximity of the police station would keep our bikes secure. We left Thirsk on the Sowerby Road which is a lovely road with old houses in a mix of styles. After that we passed through Dalton, Topcliffe and Cundall before reaching Boroughbridge where we turned off for the oft-ridden route through the Dunsforths. The final stretch was up Franks Lane then across Scate Moor Lane and the railway crossing before we hit the A168 for the final stretch. Conversation was in short supply on the way back because the pace was a bit higher than normal but with three ex-rugby players there was some chat about rugby. Pete was trying to remember the colours that Selby played in but, as Dave and I pointed out everything was still in black and white when Pete played!

The weather improved as the day went on so it turned out to be a better day than we expected – the company was good so it was another good Tuesday ride!