As the three Wheelers prepared to leave Kevin reassured us that “It’s only showers!” so cheered by his optimism we set off on today’s run to Coltishall.
After skilfully avoiding the mini lake at the junction with East Beckham Road we continued on a straight path towards Itteringham with a slight tailwind which was welcomed in the wet conditions.
Malcolm had already decided that today’s route would not include many (if any) lanes and byways and also that he would try to maintain a good pace.
After Itteringham we went straight up New Road and after turning off the Blickling Road headed for Cawston. Tempting as it was to have a quick cuppa in the café we carried on towards Buxton and received our first heavy shower of the ride but nothing too bad.
In better conditions a quieter route would have been chosen from Buxton but instead we stayed on the B1354 all the way to Coltishall and arrived at our destination just after midday. As it happened there was not a lot of traffic!
The pub was fairly quiet and as we had a choice of tables we chose one nearest the woodburner. Trevor had arrived to join us for lunch and we enjoyed a pleasant and warming half an hour or so before heading back into the centre of Coltishall and then the direct route through Hautbois, Badersfield and Skeyton.
En route we said goodbye to Trevor and shortly after crossing Church Road Malcolm asked to be excused and left just the two to cycle against a fairly stiff headwind back to PC via Tuttington, Banningham, Colby, Thwaite Common, Aldborough, Little Barningham and Gresham.
Alan, Kevin, Malcolm and Trevor had a decent run out today.
43 miles PC to PC
Still had to clean bike even though we managed to avoid the worst of the lanes!