With two of the stalwarts on holiday, an Aylsham start to the club run gave some of the Wheelers the chance for a maiden trip to the ‘King Billy’ at Shipdham, which is usually a bit out of normal range.
This journey to the heart of Norfolk was via Cawston, Swannington, Weston Longville, crossing the A47 at Rotten Row, to Welborne and then a lot of deserted lanes through Runhall, Southburgh, Cranworth and Blackmoor Row to the stylish King’s Cafe, formerly the King William pub, known locally as the ‘King Billy’. The food combined high quality with low price, but even Trevor couldn’t handle the mega breakfast, which includes three sausages and three eggs – (the runs leader is having no success in persuading the punters back to the tea and cake habit).
On a glorious afternoon, the return ride cut through the back roads to Daffy Green, Bird’s Corner, Clint Green, North Tuddenham, Elsing, Sparham, Eade’s Mill, Booton and back to Cawston and Aylsham for the parting of the ways.
Robin, Malcolm, Graham, Trevor and Harvey enjoyed getting a bit further south westwards for a change.
Conditions: surprisingly persistent light rain until about 11.30, when the sun broke through to a warm, bright afternoon with a refreshing north westerly breeze.
Minimum: (Aylsham to Aylsham) 54 miles/ Maximum: 79 miles.