Yesterday , I kept loosing all the other stuff I had written , hence this being in parts.
Good Friday 14th April 2017
Sheriff Hutton to Riccall
As we awoke from a very comfy night’s sleep, a light rain/mizzle began to fall. We knew that we would only have a short ride today so were in no hurry to get packed and away.
We had brought part cooked rolls with us so I was experimenting with cooking them on a stove. I used the frying pan and a piece of heavy duty foil with our larger pan over the top of 2 rolls, turning them frequently . This worked reasonably well so I cooked turkey rashers and eggs to have with them. Its surprising just what you can cook on a single burner with a bit of knowledge from the past. Roman soldiers cooked bread in this way.
We left the site at 10.00am and turned south to ride through Strensall under dark grey clouds. There is a nice cycle bridge over the river , so avoiding slowing traffic on the old narrow road bridge. There are plenty of potholes to avoid in the road down through Earswick and there is a bit of a cycleway to get across the junction to go to Huntington.
Then the cycle track is a bit of a nightmare as it is hardly wide enough for a child’s cycle and the surface is awful so we were glad to get into the outskirts of York where we followed the river Foss into the town centre. I recognised where we were as we passed the building that used to house the Quilters Guild museum , now sadly gone due to the financial situation.
We crossed the Ouse just upstream of Lendle bridge ad picked up the TransPennine route towards Selby. We stopped near Rowntree Park and I spotted Mr Moo , the ice cream boat chugging up river.
We were saddened to see that the Trust Hut has closed down and apparently the house is being auctioned off. On the adjacent piece of land, Sustrans and other volunteers are trying to keep the area going with a Treats Trike, but there are no toilet facilities now.
Once in Riccall DH treated us to ice cream lollies even though there were showery periods, before getting to our campsite at South Newlands Farm. We were warmly welcomed by Peggy and Rod who put the kettle on while we got pitched up. 22 miles.
Saturday 15th April 2017 Riccall to Tadcaster and return
We rode through Riccall and then turned west through Kelfield and along to Cawood. The hedges have been removed from lots of the fields and so there was no shelter from the strong NW winds. Getting to Cawood reminded us of the 1st cycle trip DH and I made way back in the late 1970’s when we rode this way to Lincoln and back. That was an Easter trip too and the weather wasn’t any better. So in the past 40 odd years , I still haven’t learned anything haha!
We turned NW on the B1223 through Ryther and on to Ulleskelf. This area was past of the Dane law about 1000 years ago and the names still persist from the Norsemen.
From here there was a bit of a climb up to the A162. We saw a lot of club racing cyclists whizzing along and a lot are riding the routes that will be ridden on the Tour de Yorkshire at the end of the month. After about a mile we turned off through Stutton and on to Tadcaster. We called in to Cyclesense, our favourite cycle shop (no affiliation) and they were buzzing because Dame Sarah Storey and her team had called in.
We called in at the Everything Good Goes cycle café /wine bar and enjoyed hot chocolate and I indulged in a piece of Easter egg cake.
The bridge that came down in the winter floods a couple of years ago has been repaired , so hopes are that the Tour will bring in a lot of needed trade. The knitting shop I used to go to, is no more but its less temptation for me heehee!
So we were now on the return leg and what a difference with the wind on our backs, we were fair flying along SE to Bolton Percy. Then there was a change of direction to ENE to Appleton Roebuck with its lovely village green, and up to the river at Acaster Malbis. Turning more northerly, we crossed the river at Bishopthorpe and then had a good chat with the lady volunteers with the Treats trike. One of them had come across from Manchester and she made us very nice Malteser drinks.