JD ride to Reepham Railway, Part the First.
So, in promising weather, eight assembled at PC for a ride to the Railway Café at Reepham. Our leader knew that the wind direction would be favourable for a predominantly southward journey, having already come up from the Aylsham direction.
We headed west firstly through West Beckham and despite having two riders with 200 miles in their legs, maintained a tidy pace until Edgefied, where a puncture (I should have realised that buying a tyre with a brand name “Detonator” was a mistake!) delayed us more than it should have – nearly 20 minutes, mainly due to a sticky valve and a close fitting rim.
On our way again, we headed towards Sharrington (yes, we were going to Reepham!) before dropping down to Swanton Novers to meet the Fulmodeston / Hindelveston road. It was then eastward now until going below the Themelthorpe loop to join the Trans-Norfolk Highway (without which no JD ride is complete) for the last mile or two to the café. So far it was 27.5 miles at 14.4 mph average.
A good range of options here, including a tasty looking chorizo sausage roll, well-received coronation chicken and slurpy tomato soup.
The peloton left our leader here and……..
Part the Second
After some initial confusion as to who was going with who and where, John D headed off along the TNH in the direction of Cawston leaving the rest of us to follow a direct route via Salle and Thurning to Briston. Shortly thereafter Andrew, Alban and Stephen made tracks for the North Coast and the remaining 4 pedalled north easterly to Edgefield and Baconsthorpe where there was another split as Kevin left us.
2 Wheelers went via Gresham and Metton to Roughton and then home, one on his bike the other in his just serviced car. In the end only one Wheeler returned to PC, a gallant John S who completed the run despite a pulled calf muscle.
Many thanks to John D for leading today’s ride which followed an enjoyable route and such is John’s knowledge of the lanes he seemed to be making it up as he went along – probably the best way!
Alan, Alban, Andrew, John D, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Stephen
45 miles PC to PC