Hurricane Katia was on its way today, but first thing this morning started sunny and blustery. We knew the route out to Balk would be much nicer than the return, which was going to be into a stiff block headwind. Anyway, without further ado, we set off towards Knaresborough, through Farnham and into Staveley. The conditions were no very pleasant with the pace remaining reasonably high. Before we knew it we were in Boroughbridge and taking the turning towards our destination.
We were rolling along nicely, so nicely in fact that we missed our turning and without a care, we only noticed our mistake when we saw a dead end sign. Thankfully Darrell, knew a right turn that we took that lead us through Norton-le-Clay and into Cundall, where we turned right and ended up back on track at Thornton Bridge. From here the run in to Balk was a steady one. Our destination was the Old Barn Cafe, who we had warned we would be arriving and the service and beans on toast were incredible, as we the cakes and coffee.
After plenty of banter it was time to face up to the fact that we would have to battle back into the wind to get home, so we set off with Dave and Karl doing a massive turn taking the wind on the front – chapeau guys! We managed to maintain a good pace with some solid group riding with most taking turns on the front. Nick had a mechanical at Thornton Bridge, but we were soon going again and heading back into Boroughbridge. We then retraced our route back into Harrogate and the inevitable blast up Knaresborough Hill before a steady return home.
A great ride in blustery conditions.
View the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/113484107