It may seem strange to begin at lunchtime! Malcolm, who was not able to make the start from PC, waited for the group to arrive but as they had not appeared by 12.45 decided that he should order some food. Having enjoyed both a mud free ride to the café and a good lunch he didn’t mind the prospect of a lone run in the afternoon but then just as he was about to collect his bike the bunch arrived, mud splattered and hungry!!
Alan’s well planned runs often involve a longish pre lunch leg followed by a shorter route back to PC; and so it was today, 31 miles to the café.
Five met at PC and headed to Briston by way of Baconsthorpe and Edgefield. Southwards and then westwards to Hindolveston and Fulmodeston. A left turn at the crossroads took the group in the direction of Stibbard, John S suffering 2 rear punctures (one thorn one very sharp stone) en route which accounted for the later than planned arrival at the café. Undaunted by this experience (a lesser man would have crumpled under the pressure) John and his fellow Wheelers continued via Wood Norton, Foulsham, Themelthorpe and Reepham to follow the road past Booton Hall and then a left turn just after the Booton Clay Pits (now used and looked after by the Cawston Fishing Club) up into Cawston.
Around the table conversation was as lively as ever and ranged from who was going to the Wheelers social in January to Robin’s adventures, not to mention grunts and groans, with the much feared Cawston Tug of War team – not sure which era – we didn’t ask!
We left together as a group of 6 and followed the straight route to Oulton Street at which point Malcolm, Robin and Trevor headed off towards Aylsham and home (eventually) while the remainder continued on a similarly straight course via Itteringham and Little Barningham back to PC.
Thank you to Alan for leading today’s ride.
Alan, John S, Kevin, Robin, Trevor and Malcolm (clean bike) at the café.
43 miles PC to PC