WW Tuesday Ride to Masham, 4 June 2024, 69 miles.

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There must be some changes within the Weather Gods since previously it was March Winds 💨💨💨, now it’s June Winds 💨💨💨 as well. No let up most of this week either.
The turn out was low, clearly the threat of rain, holidays, illness, injuries etc took its toll. Or was it me being insufferable. 😊 Three mountain men met at BS church, Keith, Dave W and you’re resident Hack.
Maybe I should report on the two Wussers on the TV last night as well. 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️
The wind was from the SW and was forecast to move more to the west and the strength increase as the day went. To be fair I wasn’t expecting too much rain.
Our route took us to Wetherby via Wood Lane and the cycle path, from there out through Kirk Deighton, Little Ribston to Knaresborough.
Approaching Farnham it started to drizzle and became more light rain, jacket on. Again to be fair it only lasted about 3 miles. The roads were wet but soon dried out. From Copgrove we headed through Bishop Monkton and into Ripon. Time to take off the jacket before we started the climb up Kirby Road to Grewelthorpe. With the high hedgerows the wind wasn’t too much of a problem. The guys kept me at it and ensured I got a PB for my efforts, don’t look as it is nothing to write home about. 🚴‍♀️😊
Once through Grewelthorpe there is a great descent to Masham, no brakes needed. Arghh 🚴‍♀️
Heading to Johnny Bagdads, Dave said its cheaper at the Border Cafe so in we went. Coffees, flapjack and beans on toast, quick service as well.
Dave said had we seen any of the TV programs on the D Day landings. No, but I had seen similar ones before and this prompted a conversation on the heroics of planes limping home avoiding buildings as they came into land. We have the plaque at Tockwith where the pilot avoided the village although the Postmaster lost his life, there is a Plaque at Norton le Clay, Nick had stopped to show us commerating those who had fallen and then there were two plaques at Great Ouseburn. Dave rolled out the tragic story of the De Haviland Flamingo carrying high ranking Russians in 1942. The British pilot managed to avoid the church but all were lost in the crash. Hence two plaques, English and Russian.

Leaving the cafe there were a few spots of rain in the wind but these disappeared very quickly and pleased to report it stayed dry all the way home.
Our ride took us to West Tanfield where a short stop for me to get my £10 note back at the shop from 2 months ago, when we were on the Leyburn Sunday ride with Nick. My change had a faulty note. Thanks ladies. Riding on.
Keith was deep in conversation on the merits of watching Peaky Blinders, not seen it so best follow it up.
With the help of the wind we made Wath, Hutton Conyers, Skelton and Boroughbridge in good time. In fact at Boroughbridge I commented on how far we appeared to have come even though it was only 19 miles.
Heading out of BB to Aldboro the warning sign of the Giant Hogweed was still there, hammer down, never mind the lady pedestrian if she gets attacked, look after myself.
The Dunsforths are always a pleasant ride and after Ouseburn and Thorpe Underwood we elected to go through Whixley village and back on the lane to the A168 and home. Dave and I peeled off leaving Keith to meander back to Bramham.