SUNDAY 29th JANUARY
Sunday saw five Knights venturing out to the east coast for a ride to Hornsea. With a wind from the west-south-west progress was brisk as we headed to Leven, Brandesburton, North Frodingham, Beeford and Bewholme before arriving at the Mere Cafe in Hornsea.
The return journey however was a very different affair, “battling” our way back into a head wind, passing through Great Hatfield, Long Riston then over the exposed road of Kidhill Lane before returning to Routh and home.
TUESDAY 31st JANUARY
Seven (fool)hardy souls decided to risk the even stronger winds now blowing from the west at 20mph. A short hop to the Farm Shop cafe at Hutton Cranswick was proposed. Getting there was the “easy” bit with the wind mostly from the side but some shelter from roadside hedges until reaching Bracken.
By the time we’d left the cafe, the wind was beginning to gust up to gale force. Retracing our route back over Bracken we were exposed to the full brunt of the wind. Riding directly into such a strong wind was akin to wading through treacle (though not as sweet)! On turning the first corner the wind suddenly was now on the side making it extremely difficult to stay upright and in a straight line. At this point two of our group abandoned and took the train home from Cranswick. The remaining five continued slowly back.
FRIDAY 3rd FEBRUARY
Twelve Knights set off from Market Cross for Ray’s presentation ride, “Blowin’ in the Wind” he called it. An apt and “Fitling” title as the westerly winds continued to blow at a “gentle breeze”. Our destination was the Spotted Duck cafe at Fitling giving a flat ride of around 45 miles. Progress there was relatively easy with the wind helping most of the way. Unfortunately four of our group suffered punctures, one on the way out and three on the way back.