The promised rain cleared overnight and left us with dull windy day. Various work and holiday commitments meant only five hardy Knights turned out today. A flat route out towards the coast was destination of choice and the Mere café at Hornsea for our midway refreshment.
Setting off from Market Cross we headed through town and along Grovehill road towards the Weel bridge route to Tickton. Mike “the rocket” was the early pace setter. With the wind on the starboard quarter, the going seemed fairly easy, at least until we reached the turn off towards Meaux. This was an early indication of what to expect on the way home as the wind turned towards the starboard bow and going got a little choppy, causing early splits in the peloton before regrouping at the Beningholme turn off.
Pleased to have the wind abaft the beam again, it was a steady ride along the country roads to Arnold. Passing through the underpass, Raymond found the wrong gear on the rise out, at least that was his excuse! From Long Riston we headed for the Mappleton road. Mike, Shaun and Chris formed the breakaway with Pugwash and Raymond bringing up the stern. On reaching the main road at Mappleton, Mike advised he had to miss the café stop and was heading directly home. The rest of us headed to Mere café. Service was quick and satisfying as was the craich.
Suitably refreshed it was out to face the head winds home. Taking the road past Honeysuckle farm was the last of the stern winds before the long slog through Bewholme to Brandesburton, Leven and back home.