Six Wheelers met at Pretty Corner, where one rider was so confident that the venue for the day would be closed that he offered to wager £5 on the outcome. Four more riders were picked up at Itteringham and so a group of ten headed off generally north westerly, assisted by a stiff tailwind, through Plumstead, Edgefield, Stody, Brinton and Bale to Hindringham, where a loud clap of thunder signalled that the oily black clouds up ahead were not an illusion. However, the weather gods were in a benign mood and the bunch managed to skirt the worst of the storm, catching only about twenty minutes of steady rain, the last five minutes of which were viewed from the haven of the Norton Centre cafe at Little Walsingham, where we were met by Guy, who was going on to Blakeney for a bit of culture. – > (As forecast by the Sheringham prophet, Great Walsingham Barns cafe was indeed closed).
Unable to relocate the storm in the afternoon, the Wheelers were forced to ride all the way home in warm sun and a refreshing wind. The route back was via the Snorings to Fulmodestone, Stibbard, Wood Norton, Guestwick, Tyby, Crabgate and Red Pits to Corpusty, from where half the bunch went east to Aylsham and beyond, while the other half headed north towards Sheringham.
Conditions: Hot sun, stiff south east wind and the edge of a passing thorm.
Distances: Ranged from 40 to 78 miles: the basic run from PC to PC was 56 miles.
Riders: Trevor W; Trevor N; Robin; Nick; Malcolm; Harvey; Graham; Geoff; Brian; Barry – (Guy at the cafe).
PS. – One rider nursed home a seriously groaning (press fit!) bottom bracket over the last 10 miles. Black’s Bikes are going to sort it out after the holiday.