Seven Wheelers met at PC for the run to Reepham. It was quite windy with a stiff south-westerly blowing – we were headed south-west! We welcomed visitor Chris from Lincolnshire who last rode with us three years ago. Shorts were still in evidence, but most plumped for long tights.
Off we set for Bodham and Holt before turning southish for Briston – the wind was now a bit troublesome. Some delightful lanes then followed for the second half of the outward leg. Robert punctured under half a mile from the café – he suggested we press on but we stayed to enjoy the show. However, Robert was actually quite speedy and we were on our way in no time.
The café was really quiet on our arrival so service was swift. Conversation turned to the as yet unfulfilled aspiration to tackle the Marriot’s Way (not on road bikes!) – next summer perhaps. Trevor joined us at the venue, taking the total of Wheelers out to eight. With three regulars away, this was a good turn-out.
With the sun breaking through, we set of for PC – the wind now generally behind us. The average speed shot up. There were again nice lanes to savour, with the highlight being the section through Heydon Estate. It was to the north for the return home. A loop around Baconsthorpe was planned to get the miles close to 40, but this involved turning back into the wind a bit, so it was dropped.
You really can really revel in the Norfolk countryside on a day like this – it looks fantastic in the autumnal sunshine; we do cycle in a fabulous part of the country!
Alban, Chris (from Lincolnshire), David C, John S, Kevin, Robert, Stephen and Trevor.
35 miles PC to PC.