🎶Meet the gang, ‘cos the boys are here, the boys to entertain you 🎶
Another great turn out at Manor House for today’s “concert”. “RIGHT you horrible shower” intimated the RSM “Why are you lot not in uniform?…… DON’T answer that! Just get your sorry selves in the first group and get out of my sight”
As the “jildi” “bombardier” group set off, the “Gunner” group waited a few minutes before following. “We’ll never catch ’em now” suggested Gnr Russell “We can set off slowly”. Heading off along Finchcroft Lane the “gunners” proceeded at a leisurely pace as we made our way to Etton. While continuing along the Kiplingcotes road, we were confronted by the paparazzi in the form of James yelling “encouragement” from the sidelines.
When we reached Market Weighton, we found the road to Londesborough closed for resurfacing 🚧. “What are we going to do now Searg’?” Fortunately a friendly gentleman from the work force was happy to let us through along the section of road which had not been worked on.
Now clear of the road-works, it was back to business as usual and the biggest challenge of the day on Intake Hill. Just to add to the challenge, we also had to contend with the increasing heat. Reaching the top, some of the “gunners” sought out the shade of a nearby tree while waiting to regroup. There’s never a “punkah wallah” around when you need one. Perhaps the zoom down to Burnby will create enough breeze to cool us down.
The final leg of the first half took us through Pocklington to Allerthorpe. On arrival, there was no sign of the “bombardier” group. Speculation was rife. “Perhaps they’ve been and gone already”. “Or maybe they’ve returned home with Matty, Heather & Sarah”. “There is one other possibility. They may have taken the loooonnnng detour from Market Weighton”. Sure enough just as we thought it, they appeared, sweat dripping around the back of the cafe.
The heat of the noon day sun ☀️☀️was beginning to become almost unbearable and that water looked very inviting. Brian suffered further problems with the heat as he found his rear wheel slightly buckled.
“Right you lot, fall In!…. No not the water you lovely boy” said the RSM. “Who’s in the first group? Off you go then”. The second group followed shortly after making our way to Bielby, Everingham and Harswell. On reaching the main road to Market Weighton, the traffic was extremely busy and we managed to filter in with smaller groups. Fortunately it was slightly downhill and a lovely road surface. Iain must have been enjoying it so much he missed the turn off to Cliffe Lane before realising his mistake.
The final leg of the return journey took us from North Cliffe to Common Hill then along to Hotham and South Newbald. While waiting to regroup, the heat was bearing down heavily. The thought of the effort required to tackle Trundlegate deterred the remaining group and we opted for the Walkington Heads road back to Beverley. Right, let me in that cold shower! 🚿