The enticement of a new cafe stop, clement weather and a flat ride brought many out this morning as thirteen Knights assembled at Market Cross. Raymond didn’t have the best of starts, having to repair a puncture before we even set off.
Making our way through town to Weel Bridge the group soon spilt as some got held up by traffic lights while others were somewhat luckier. After regrouping on the Weel road, it was off to Tickton with everyone in a jolly mood, catching up with those not seen in a while.
Our route took us through Leven and Brandesburton before turning towards Bewholme. With such a large group it was thought prudent to phone ahead to warn the cafe of our imminent arrival. Stopping at Bewholme, the best laid plans however do not always pan out as expected. Our illustrious “route Master” had forgotten his phone so we were left without the number for the cafe. Not to be outdone though, Raymond came up with “plan – b”. Borrowing someone else’s phone, he turned into ET and “phoned home” to ask “‘er indoors” to call the cafe on our behalf. Give that man a medal!
Setting off once more, we soon arrived at Skipsea Brough. After passing the historic All Saints Church at Skipsea we turned North towards Ulrome. Our first encounter with the Granary at Rustic Riddle sent us into confusion as we found the doors still shut. “They open at 11am” said Raymond after checking his watch to note it was only 10:55am. Michael, feeling like a bold window cleaner, climbed the stairs to peer through the glass door. “Cooeee!” he cried “we’re here”
For the return journey, we continued north to Lisset before taking the Gransmoor road. The road surface was a bit wet and mucky along this section. From Gransmoor we turned to Great Kelk then on through Foston-on-the-Wolds. Just before reaching the Frodingham Road we passed another cyclist who’d pulled up at the side of the road. He confirmed he was OK before we proceeded onwards. Raymond however became a little confused and stopped to wait for him thinking it was one of our group. Eventually realising the error of his way he caught up with us again at Frodingham.
All together again we returned to Brandesburton then Leven before retracing our steps back to Beverley. A very enjoyable ride and a brilliant new cafe. I’m sure we’ll be back soon.