Short Ride

Six riders for this morning’s “Shortie” – about par for Wednesdays in early season.  One Dennis (there is only one), two Davids, Bob and a Pete accompanied me bound for Boston Spa’s Wise Owl community café.  All went well through Spofforth, North Deighton, A168 path and Sandbeck Industrial Estate when, Dennis having peeled off for lunch at home, new member David suffered a rear-wheel puncture on his eBike.  None of the group felt confident to tackle the task of removing the wheel, with its disc brakes and e-motor and sadly David had to settle for locking up the bike at the Police Station (good thinking) and returning to HG to fetch his car, with a little help from Amber Private Hire.  So, just four rolled into the village hall in Boston Spa for a delayed coffee stop.  Having called in the previous day our reserved table was waiting – thank you kindly Christine, our caring (and cyclist) host. Wise Owl’s date slice is well worth the extra miles on a Short Ride.  All bakes are home made with no trace of a plastic wrapper anywhere!  The sunny courtyard was filled with the café’s other booking, about ten cyclists plus another lone female rider.  This was Sarah who couldn’t be with us at roll-out but followed the route and caught us.  Well done Sarah; I wish I could have got my mobile number to you somehow.  Tucking into her lunch, Sarah was happy for us to progress and if she caught us again, sobeit.  Sadly, it didn’t happen but I hope Sarah enjoyed the ride, even if as a solo.  The return leg was without incident, interrupted only by a pause at the Brian Loy LEJOG Memorial bench on the Wetherby to Spofforth bump path for a photo and a homage by me to a former Leeds Poly colleague who, shortly after retirement was diagnosed with a terminal cancer but nevertheless trained up and completed LEJOG, using the path as part of his routine.  Hopefully, the photo will enlarge to show the plaque and the end of the bench, which is a steel cut-out of the GB mainland.  A tailwind back to HG, plus some warmth from the sun certainly lifted spirits and gave us a glimpse of what might be in store for us this summer – maybe.  Thanks to all for an enjoyable “Shortie”.    Terry Smith


Wednesday Wanderers Ride












Wednesday Ride

There were 7 takers for today’s Wednesday Ride,(Yvonne, Sarah, Tim, Richard, John C, Kevin and myself) and we became 8 when Paul joined us at Ripley. Great to see Liz F back out on her bike with Pete at Ripley and after a brief word we left her with the Wanderers and headed up Fountains Way, past the Drovers and upwards in easy stages past Rabbit Hill to Brimham. The weather improved well beyond the forecast as we skirted the rocks and then plunged down to Smelthouses, Glasshouses and into Pateley for a good coffee or, in some cases, tea, and food break in the sunshine outside Wildings. Nice to meet briefly with Alan S who was out for a ride on his own and coffee with his wife.Reluctantly we abandoned to sun trap at Wildings and headed back through Glasshouses and down to Summerbridge where we opted to head upwards again to Dacre Top and then down Dairy Lane to Darley and along the valley to Birstwith and home by various routes. Those who came through Holly Bank enjoyed an amazing display of bluebells carpeting the woodland flooring and I make no excuse for including two photographs of them. Thanks to Yvonne for the days statistics which from the Showground were 40 miles and 2900feet of climbing and well done to Richard who coped with  this on his first trip out on his bike in 2023! Great company as usual and some nice weather for a change.  James G.