‘The best laid schemes o’ Mice and Men, Gang aft agley, An’ leave us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!’
The weekend club run bunch have enjoyed a long streak of good luck, so were due for day of misfortunes. They say that bad luck comes in threes and today’s run seemed to substantiate that superstition:
One Wheeler suffered a défaillance that seriously affected his performance.
Another rider punctured unknown to those in the vanguard.
One rider vanished without trace, leading to a long wait and then two of the bunch turning round to look for the missing person. It was then logically assumed that the vagrant had nipped down a short cut to make up lost ground and, while the others waited, had vanished unseen in the direction of home, assuming that he was still chasing the bunch.
These three events combined to delay the club run to the extent that individuals started looking for the quickest way back to base, resulting in only four of the original eight completing the course.
Which is a shame, as the King’s Cafe, Shipdham (aka the ‘King Billy’) is a good venue and the afternoon weather was the best we have enjoyed for some months.
Group: Trevor; Robin; Malcolm; Harvey; Graham A; Geoff; Brian; Barry.
From the Aylsham starting point and back was 59 miles, although two riders put in about 82 miles, including Graham, who ended up taking a more complicated route than he anticipated from Cromer to the start.