WW Sunday Ride to Stamford Bridge, 1 June 2024, 60 miles.

Nick who normally leads Sunday was recovering from his fall and assigned Graham to take charge. Arriving at the Shambles were Graham, Bill and today’s Hack, Steve B. We decided Cracoe be replaced with a ride east.
Route out via Wighill, Healaugh and Askham Bryan through York.
I had not ridden through York this year so was interested in the road changes adjoining the station. It looked like they were building an overpass next to the Town Walls? Well we will see how it develops. Passing the Minster we were welcomed by the peel of bells 🔔.
Taking the Stockton on Forest road and then turning right to Holtby and Warthill we went in from the other side to Breezy Knees.
Coffee was good but the tray cakes Graham and Bill chose were barely bigger than a postage stamp! 💮
Bill was thinking of turning early but I managed to drug his coffee and talk him into the full circuit.
Riding towards Stamford Bridge we took the cycle path bringing us out at the old Railway Station, from there Wilberfoss, Sutton on Derwent , Elvington and Wheldrake.
We had been riding a good tempo as Bill was cracking the whip for a perfect lead out from Graham and me.
As we were into the wind after SB, the plan was another cafe stop. Unfortunately the Italian cafe at Wheldrake was closed so onto Pool Bridge Farm on the Crockey Hill road. Another set back, the queue was out of the door, grrr.
Third place lucky, Strawberry Fields Cafe at Crockey Hill, serious biker stop. The outside was packed with motorcycles and their owners. Despite not having engines on our bikes we were welcomed and eggs on toast (no butter on mine) and sausage sandwich accompanied our coffees.
The final route was Howden lane, Acaster Malbis, Copmanthorpe, Healaugh, Wighill and Walton. The wind had been light but clearly much stronger for the last 10 miles. We said our goodbyes as we made our own ways home.
Bill needed a Sunday Times paper, not sure riding 60 miles to get one is my thing. 😂 Thanks guys, a good day out.