Yeah! The sun is shining and the wind is light(ish) but…. there’s always a but…..the wind is from the north making it feel somewhat chilly. It didn’t deter our doughty Knights from rising to the call from “gang” leader Raymond. Putting on his best impression of Constable George Dixon “Evenin’ all” he began, “Early heads up, there’s a lot of ‘trafficking’ expected this weekend, gather the gang at the ‘local’ at 10am Friday and we’ll try to get in on the action at the Travellers Rest in Millington”.
The ‘gang’ assembled at the Light Dragoon in Etton at the appointed hour including Ray, Puggy, Chad, Graham, Steve, Melvin, Matty with Michael and Colin vying to see who could be last to arrive. “Where’s this ‘Travellers Rest'” asked Graham “I’ve torn my hair out all night trying to find it on the map” he added. “Well I’m glad you spotted the deliberate mistake” replied Ray “Had to keep it a bit hush-hush. Don’t want any of the ‘other mob’ getting the ‘gear’ before us. Know what I mean ‘arry?”. There was a slight pause before the whispered reply came “but my name’s Graham”.
“Ok gang, we’ll head out to Market Weighton then Londesborough, Burnby, Nunburnholme and Kilnwick Percy. Is everyone ‘packin’?” enquired Ray. A quick inspection of our ‘equipment’ revealed that Michael, Matty and Chad were ‘unsheathed’. “Never mind, the roads are mostly dry” we all thought as we set off towards Kiplingcotes. Turned out that wasn’t quite true as we later discovered many wet patches along the way.
The outward journey turned out to be a bit of a roller coaster leading Ray to comment “I’d forgotten how many hills there are coming this way”. Later, as we turned to the KP Club road, we encountered a rival ‘gang’ heading in the same direction. This prompted an injection of pace from some of our gang determined to reach the ‘loot’ first.
With the sun still shining we opted for “dining al-fresco” with most preferring bacon sandwiches along with coffees or teas. Matty was one exception in choosing the calorie laden Creme Egg Brownie claiming it was needed to boost his energy levels. Suitably replenished we commenced the return journey along Millington Dale. Any extra energy gained would soon be spent as we faced the uphill battle to reach Huggate.
From Huggate we decided to head down to North Dalton and Middleton-on-the-Wolds. With the wind now behind us and the terrain generally downhill, Michael decided to spice things up and raced up to the front. I’m not saying it was contagious but he was soon followed by Graham and fleetingly by Colin. Puggy made a valiant attempt to catch them but couldn’t find the necessary after burners.
The roller coaster ride continued as we rode onwards to Holme-on-the-Wolds before returning home via Etton and Cherry Burton. Another fantastic ride with great weather and superb company. Wishing you all a happy Easter and look forward to seeing you all again soon.