All day the weather in Harrogate had been gorgeous, but by 7pm the skies were darkening and as 7.30 arrived and 8 of us were chatting outside the gates of St Aidans, the rain was starting to fall, albeit only a little bit. The plan was to head to Wetherby for a reverse trip around a familiar route.
We set of out of Harrogate over Forest Moor, down into Calcutt and then right along Abbey Road to get a bit of shelter. By the time we emerged from Abbey Road and headed past St James Retail Park, the rain was now fairly heavy, but we continued at a reasonable pace along the road towards North Rigton and on through Kirk Deighton to Wetherby. From Wetherby we took a detour in to Linton before heading back towards Sicklinghall and the steady climb up towards Kirkby Overblow.
By now all the talk was of getting home and into warm baths or showers. The pub was certainly not an option, despite Karl talking about Irish Coffees. In Kirkby Overblow, Martin “Pothole” Procter nearly had an off as he yet a pothole disguised as a puddle, but thankfully he remained composed and kept his balance to continue with us up Walton Head Lane.
We past the Swan at Burnbridge and finished the ride by heading back down along Leadhall Lane.
24 very wet miles, but good to get out!