Club Ride to The Olive Branch, Tunstead. 16 March 2016. Leader: Alan Fisher

8 Wheelers met Alan at PC for his ride to Tunstead.  Conditions were dry with a cold, easterly wind which we were confident would be on our backs for the return trip – hmm.

Off we set towards Itteringham but with a strange loop taking in Little Barningham – a sign of things to come?  With the sun now on our backs, it was Cawston and Brandiston before turning east for Hevingham, Stratton, Strawless.  Coltishall was the next town before we turned for Tunstead through St. James.

The Olive Branch is a great venue for us and it didn’t disappoint.  David and Geoff were there to meet us and we all dined well.

There was a puncture as we left but, being a cycling venue, The Olive Branch has a track pump which was really helpful.

Off we set towards Scottow but, again, there was an unusual loop.  And so the non-traditional approach continued as we went through Swanton Abbott and skirted Banningham, Erpingham and Aldoborough.  Alan had put in some work and crafted a route to take in lots of new lanes – excellent!

Contrary to expectation, the wind was not co-operating for the trip home as it had turned to the north, but the sun was still with us.

A super ride, longish and cold but with the sun to warm us.  Many thanks Alan.

10 out.  49 miles PC to PC.  1 puncture.