Short Ride

This is a tale of what might have been. It’s still undecided whether it was a case of mutiny or the captain abandoning the ship.

The ride was scheduled to be less than 24 miles and it probably ended up that way but not quite the planned route. The weather was not as planned either.

7 very capable cyclists left the show ground heading for the new coffee stop at Harrogate Garden Centre between Markington and Bishop Monkton. Up the Greenway, Scarah Bank, right at the Drovers crossroads, second left at Markington. My coffee and cake were lovely and reasonably priced but it took a while to serve us all.

We had an entertaining chat and never quite got to the bottom of why one of the ladies’ iron bed had bent. Then the rain set in and there was general agreement that the group would retrace their route to avoid possible flooding at Bishop Monkton and Occaney which was the planned route. I decided that they could manage the route quite well without me so I headed off to Whixley (via Bishop Monkton and Occaney). There was some water on the roads but it didn’t come over my tyres. 

Everyone got home safely. As always, it was a fun ride. Thank you folks. We’ll do the full route sometime. Steve W 

Medium Plus Brisk

Rain was promised by both the B.B.C. & the Met. Office and it arrived whilst we navigated the top of the moor overlooking Pateley Bridge. Jackets on & a wet ride down for a stop in Wildings (they open again on a Sunday after 1st March by the way). Before then Julie & Mark had gone on in an attempt to get round Route 197 before the worst of the weather came in. Back out into a much lighter rain – Rachel & T1 taking the route back via Willsill whilst the remainder went along to Wath & up the delightful Wath Lane with it’s charming drainage gullies. Back past Fellbeck & along Careless Whisper (guilty feet have got no rhythm) Lane before bumping up behind Rachel & T1 on The Greenway. 41.0 miles

Wanderers Ride

You don’t get much cycling done if you wait for a fine day! A sentiment shared today by a host of wheeleasy members happy to set off in drizzle towards a forecast late morning downpour. The ever popular Mike Wills had attracted numerous cyclists for a favourite ride to G&Ts, Brimham and Hartwith, so Tony, Charlie, Yvonne, Colette and Tim2 broke ranks to ease congestion and let’s be honest get to the cafe first!

There was the usual dog dodging on the Greenway and the struggle up Scarah but we were soon having playtime at How Hill cycle surfing, delaying our progress such that Mike et al followed us into G&Ts. The staff coped well and judging by the noise levels and smiles everyone was enjoying a break before emerging into yet more rain. After Mike organised a group photo we five were off again enjoying the Rocks, a downhill Stripe Lane and a pause at the Toll bridge before heading home via the Greenway.  Great fun. 37 miles home to home. T2