Once again, we were greeted by some gorgeous early spring sunshine this morning and the plan was to head out to a new tea room called the Old Barn Cafe at Balk, which is a small hamlet near Bagby, Thirsk. Due to the weather, spirits were high and a few more pairs of knees were on display with a hope of developing some good tan lines!! A few of the riders had already bagged Norwood Edge on a dawn patrol, so we kept them warm and headed off in ernest.
Following a familiar route out initially to Boroughbridge, through Knaresborough, Farnham, Staveley and Minskip, we then headed on to new roads for the Cappuccino Club on a Sunday morning, and made for Thornton Bridge, Sessay, Dalton and before we knew it we arrived at our coffee stop in Balk. Unfortunately we lost one of our riders along the way. A couple of the lads went back a few miles, but there was no sign of Rob.
It was our first visit to the Old Barn Cafe, who had made contact with us saying that they were welcoming cyclists. We were not disappointed and the coffee and food were very good. Thanks Phil for the invite!! We then made back for Harrogate following the same route. Along the way we tried to re-create an iconic Tour de France shot of a peleton riding through a sunflower field. Our effort involved Alex standing in the middle of a field of Rape Seed and snapping the others riding by. The result was good and will be on our FlickR page soon.
The return to Harrogate was brisk and as a few of us had an extended pass out, we then made for a post ride drink at Cafe Rosso. This involved a few Espressos and quite a few Peroni’s. Today’s ride was a fantastic ride and really embodied the spirit of great road cycling – lets have some more please!!!
It was a shame that Martin P wasn’t there to join us after his crash and we were thinking of you (for a little while at least).
Route details: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/79839936