Short Ride

Bravo to our five takers for the short ride on such a cold January morning and once my hands had thawed I was able to enjoy the lovely winter landscape.  We kept on the move, maintained a steady pace and all was perfection until Karen picked up an unwelcome but strategically well placed puncture as we headed into Ripley. Margaret, Alison and Mike pushed on home leaving Janet, Bridget, Karen and me to enjoy coffee & chocolates at the Grindhus cafe, a very nice way to pass the time waiting for Karen’s broom waggon. Thanks everyone.  Helen B

Wednesday Wanderer’s

With no scheduled route this morning seven of us blindly followed Mike Wills an a magical mystery tour(well almost). Lesley, Liz P, Derek, Steve W, Mike S, Mike W(the younger) and myself. Meandering through the streets of Starbeck to the start of the Greenway at the end of The Avenue. A swift ride to Ripley then through Nidd to the Mountgarret Estate. Nobody was prepared to ride through the ford but many hands made light work lifting bikes over the style. Into Burton Leonard and down to Bishop Monkton. Right at the church and on to Roecliffe and Boroughbridge for coffee at Homesteads(I think its called). Great services and banter with waitress and the usual laughs whilst we ate a wide selection of grub. Warmed up we were ready to return home via Bishop Monkton, Markington and back to Ripley and the Greenway. We said our goodbyes at Bilton Lane. The weather whilst chilly had been kind . Bit of drizzle as I departed for Knaresborough but all in all a very good ride. As always great company. Well led Mr Wills. Thank you. Home to home – 41 miles for me. Colin B


Wednesday Ride

On a bitterly cold morning there were seven for today’s Wednesday Ride: James, Yvonne, Tim, Sarah, Colette, Kevin and Paul. It was decided that we would do a short ride with some opting to add an extra loop towards the end. It was all going very well as we went through Burnbridge and Kirby Overblow. We stopped at the mid-Wharfedale viewing point to regroup and to take some selfies. But we were pleased to get going again trying to generate some heat.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before Colette felt the dreaded thud, thud that signalled a puncture. Luckily the cavalry were close behind (James, Paul and Kevin). As my bike was turned upside down, I had to hang my head in shame at how very dirty it was! And cold hands make it hard work to fix a puncture on a rear wheel but we persevered and finally got the wheel back on. Thank you SO much for all your cheerful help in the freezing cold and with a very dirty bike.

At this point we decided to part ways with James, Paul and Kevin planning to meet up with Gia – and the rest of us wanting to get to a café to warm up asap. So we raced to Wetherby and received a very warm welcome at Pomfrets.

The puncture had taken so long that we all decided to head straight back to Harrogate. Our return journey was uneventful except for our ascent of the Showground Hill where two dog walkers had an estimated 20 dogs between them! Luckily they were all very calm, well behaved dogs and so we could easily negotiate our way passed them.

A lovely ride (slightly type 2 fun at times…..) with good company. Colette