Seven Wheelers met at the Reservoir for Kevin’s ride. As we sailed through East Beckham en route to Lower Gresham we were stopped in our tracks by a cement lorry about to dump its load (so to speak) but all managed to scramble through a small gap between it and the hedge and onwards and upwards we continued.
With a helpful tailwind we seemed to fly along Cromer Road, where we were joined by David, through Metton and eventually reaching an extremely busy B1436. We waited and waited and waited a bit more and were grateful to a more than decent motorist who stopped and allowed us all out to continue our journey in the direction of Roughton, A left turn into Old Mill Road took us via Carr Lane (again very busy for some reason) the A140 and New Road to Northrepps at which point it only seemed fair to carry on to Southrepps.
Just after Lower Street Robert hit something sharp and his front tyre rapidly deflated but it was a good place to have a short break and in the very pleasant sunshine we chatted while Robert toiled but we were soon underway and reached Trunch via Brewery Road. On to Mundesley, past the Windmill, then Paston, around the back of Bacton Gas Terminal and then a great route which took us via Witton Bridge and Ridlington Street to Walcott Green. After an interesting loop we recrossed the B1159 Walcott to Stalham Road only to find our approach to the Butchers Arms had been sabotaged by the dreaded North Norfolk Surface Dressers. The tar was still wet and the gravel loose which made the riding conditions hazardous to say the least.
Having enjoyed a fine lunch we decided not to proceed to Honing as the NNSD had gone as far as that at least and instead plotted a route that took us back towards Ridlington and then in the direction of North Walsham (Dyballs Lane, Crostwight Road, Heath Road, Broom Lane) to Ebridge Mill then taking a left off the Happisburgh Road along Meeting Hill Road.
On reaching Worstead we were back on track and then a familiar route through Swanton Abbott, right at Skeyton where we said good bye to Robin and Peter and on towards Felmingham. At rapid pace (that is eyeballs out and speechless) we reached the Suffield junction where Malcolm and David headed home and that left Kevin, Andrew, Alan and Robert to return to Pretty Corner via Hanworth, Lower Gresham and East Beckham.
Thanks to Kevin for leading the ride and to the Sun Gods for giving such a lovely day for cycling.
Kevin, Alan, Andrew, David, Malcolm, Peter, Robert and Robin
PC to PC 52 miles (Some did a little more but what’s a few miles between friends)
(Good luck to Robin on Sunday 4 June when he will raise funds for charity cycling the Norwich 100)