Short Ride

Five for the short ride today, mainly to follow route 37 with minor route changes. The route changes became more of a feature as we rode along. Paul had a dodgy tyre which meant he turned back at Clint, Monica headed straight back after Bishop Monkton turning down extra loops and coffee,  and James was persuaded not to try any nautical bike skills. So three of us enjoying the creeping sun, cycled our way back to Birstwith and the Kettlesings where we had to turn back twice more to avoid floods but made it to Ripley for coffee where we met up again with Caroline, Monica and Jen.
A note to send thanks to Mark Smith of HACS and Sir Thomas who have done a great clear up along Hollybank Woods. We asked them a few weeks ago and they promptly set on to get it cleared.
An excellent ride, despite the mud and the wet roads, it was a pleasant morning and we took several hours to cycle 30 miles but always good company and a good way to start the New Year. Gia

N.B.  First photo was taken by Gia: Yvonne and Tim on their way to Eccup.

 

 

                                                                 

Wednesday Ride

Just Tim2 & I opted for the less brisk, lesser known route out to Eccup Reservoir today.  So we headed off by Rudding Park, Spofforth, the Deightons, ignored the temptation of a cuppa in Wetherby and carried on to Linton & Collingham before turning off the busy A659 down to East Keswick.  Then up, up, and up a bit more between golf courses at Wike and Alwoodley where we decided to eschew the probably very muddy indeed wooded Manor House Lane in favour of mixing with the traffic on the A61 before reaching the calm of Eccup Reservoir.  The calm wasn’t to last as we joined the busy Leeds Rd through Bramhope, then Happy Days as we were at the top of Old Pool Bank ! This meant a speedy swoosh down with the Leathley Farm Shop almost within sight and a much-needed cup of tea.  And there we met the brisk group to exchange New Year’s Greetings.  Like them, we took heed of the flood warning signs and skirted Castley, opting for Weeton, past fields of filthy sheep up to Kirkby Overcast and straight on to the John Metcalf Way and back via Rudding Lane, held up going uphill by a car held up by a jogger at Crimple Beck.  Good to ride a route less travelled at our own pace covering 43 miles and 2,670 ft.  Yvonne D.

Wanderer’s Ride

After rain for what seems like weeks it was at last a day fit for cycling. Well no rain was falling from the sky at least. Underfoot or underwheel it was quite messy and we changed our route to avoid Scarah Bank and Watergate Lane due to large ponds across the roads. However, it was hard to avoid them and we had to cross at least three and a raging ford too. All part of our adventure with no mishaps.  We had a glorious descent through the deer park and enjoyed a very nice brunch/lunch and coffee at Tates garden centre. Onwards through Littlethorpe to Farnham and a last challenge up Knaresborough Hill. A splendid ride with lovely people. What would we do without Wheeleasy? NH