With a beautiful, warm day forecast, it was a fairly safe bet that we would have more riders out for Robert’s run to Erpingham than we had last week! And so it was, with 8 meeting at PC. These included returner, Trevor.
Erpingham is an interesting venue in that you have to “weave” your way there to create a meaningful run– and Robert had planned some “weaves” for us. The route took us to Gresham, Sustead, Roughton and on to Southrepps, Trunch and Swafield. We then cut back to Antingham to head for Felmingham and Aylsham before turning north for Erpingham.
On the approach to Erpingham, Malcolm warned of a spot in the lane that is nearly always flooded. Surely not in these dry conditions? But flooded it was. The group split roughly 50/50 on how to deal with this. Those wishing to keep their bikes clean opted for a walk along the verge and braved the nettles. Those planning to clean their bikes later (maybe) rode on through, successfully avoiding the potholes that lurk beneath the surface.
After just a tad over 30 miles we arrived at the pub to find that Trevor had ridden out to meet us. Alfresco dining was the choice.
Robert had offered us a choice of routes home, but given the hot conditions, we opted for a directish run to PC, parting with folk along the way.
A very pretty route with some seldom-ridden lanes – made all the better by the delightful, summery conditions. Many thanks, Robert.
9 out. 39 miles PC to PC.