With four regulars missing due to illness or other duties, it was nice to see four turn up for the planned ride to North Walsham. But, we cancelled last week’s run on safety grounds, and with our planned leader missing and Alan present, we decided to take the opportunity to ride to Food Lovers in Aylsham, leaving the run to North Walsham for later.
Off we set in blustery but sunnyish conditions. It was Saxthorpe, Wood Dalling and Themelthorpe before starting to explore some new lanes (are there any left?) taking in the Witchinghams and approaching Aylsham via Marsham. We had a significant puncture delay en-route and this, combined with the 32 miles to the cafe, meant we arrived later than anticipated.
We were ready for some sustenance and the helpful folk in Food Lovers responded well to our bespoke orders. Wonderful!
Given the time, a direct route was chosen for the return to PC, but the wind, that had been fairly neutral on out outward ride, was now quite troublesome.
It was a wonderful ride with quite a few new lanes in taxing, yet rewarding, conditions. A real treat to be out.
Alan, many thanks for stepping-in and giving us the opportunity to ride the route that was planned for last week.
4 out. 42 miles PC to PC. 2 punctures (one self-inflicted!)