The promised rain didn’t start until 10.35, right on cue as four North Norfolk Wheelers left the pick-up point on Itteringham bridge. In worsening conditions it was decided to follow a fairly straightforward route to Pensthorpe via Heydon – (where one of the skilled artisans in the grupetto delineated the niceties of rat trap bond brickwork), Tyby, Nethergate, Hindolveston, Fulmodeston and Kettlestone. In stark contrast to the last trip to the Courtyard Cafe, when a large group of Wheelers sat in the courtyard sun trap, the quartet sat around a radiator drying out gloves and hats. A rather longer than usual refreshment break was taken, discussing ‘club runs’ and giving the rising north west wind a chance to clear the band of rain, which persisted for a while on the return leg, but cleared through 2.00. The route back took in Stibbard, Wood Norton, Foulsham, Hackford, Whitwell Common, Reepham and Cawston, en route to the split at Oulton Street.
Barry, Brian, Harvey and Trevor all had a decent run out of between 60 and 70 miles.
Next Saturday, depart Pretty Corner, 10.00 to pick up at Banningham, 10.45.