The second organised social ride of the year to Wickenby Aerodrome and Memorial Museum was held on Sunday 26th May organised, and hosted, by Simon Wilson.
Eight bikes, two with pillions, met up at Strawberry Fields for breakfast, a pre-ride brief and outline of the plan for the day. Shortly after 10:00, the group, suitably fed and watered, set off led by Simon under grey skies with the forecast promising an improvement! The drop off system worked very effectively to keep all the group together and enjoying an excellent mix of roads. The forecast was spot on and the weather gradually improved as the group approached the first stop at the Crown Garden Centre at Whitley where an impressive array of cakes, and even pudding with custard, was very well received.
Setting off again at about 11:45 there was more excellent riding through mostly open countryside with great roads to the second stop at a pub for a quick break before setting off for the final run to the destination. The group arrived at Wickenby Aerodrome under blue skies but with a significant breeze having developed. All agreed that the ride had been fantastic, with the variety of quiet roads, and improving weather being very much appreciated by all.
Unfortunately, due to the strength of the wind the Aerodrome was very quiet, with no flights permitted, and the usual Café menu was not available but, reassuringly, there was a suitable selection of cakes for those needing more sustenance! The Wickenby Memorial Museum, which is small but packed full of great memorabilia and artefacts, served as a timely reminder of the price paid by many who flew from the Aerodrome during the war – definitely worth popping in if you are passing.
The group took their leave departing homewards just after 3:00 with the windy conditions proving an interesting further challenge to those travelling over the Humber Bridge on the return leg! A great 118 mile ride from Strawberry Fields to Wickenby, nearing 4 hours in all, which was very much appreciated by the group.
A special thanks to Simon whose planning and preparation resulted in an excellent ride for all to enjoy.
The next ride is planned for June 23rd led by Martin Dougherty – look out for further details to come.