Our ride on Saturday started at 9.30am from York Station, Andy joining us for the day as he lives about 40 miles away from York. Once again the sun shone on us as we pedalled along, visiting Yorkhenge (click) the last few remains of an old abbey, before resuming our meander along quiet lanes towards the Balloon Tree Garden Centre where we stopped for a drink and the purchase of sandwiches etc for lunch. Paul managed to visit the pick your own fruit farm and collected a large amount of raspberries - more on this subject later! Susie visited the childrens farm but was disappointed at the animals she found. With water bottles topped up we pedaled off again to enjoy excellent scenery on our way to our lunch stop at Bishop Wilton. By this point Paul's raspberries had turned to mush in the heat (probably not helped when his pannier had fallen off on route!!) - so we all had to help Paul out by eating them up! Nice ride back into York for about 3.30pm and a few of us had ice creams to cool off. Some of us found an Ice cream boat called Two hoots which sold excellent ice cream. 55 miles.
That evening we had all booked a meal at the Nags Head in Askam Bryan with some travelling there by car and others cycling (Yes Barbara did turn up on her bike in a frock and posh shoes, shame the pub was a bit further than she had been led to believe - Kevin in trouble again!). Unfortunately on the way to the pub Steve was knocked off his bike by another cyclist going in the other direction way too fast, and well out of control. He picked himself up, and though rather shaken still managed a good evening out. An excellent meal was had by all, and it was great that Sue, Andy’s wife joined us too. Page 3