9 Wheelers at PC soon became 10 as we met David at the pre-arranged pick-up at Banningham for Malcolm’s Run to the banks of the Bure at Horning!
On another warm, slightly humid, late summer’s day with fairly light winds there was a relaxed feeling in the bunch even though the pace was and remained fairly swift. Our progress was interrupted just after passing All Saints Church Skeyton by a pilot car announcing the approach of a ridiculously large piece of agricultural machinery. We were squeezed to the sides but the road was just wide enough to allow a safe passing.
Swanton Abbott, Scottow, Tunstead and Hoveton Hall came and went and the Stalham Road was eventually crossed with the bunch regrouping on the other side to begin the gentle descent down Long Lane. The road does narrow considerably alongside Bewilderwood and the leader slowed to give way to a car travelling towards us. Perhaps due to a slight loss in concentration or late braking two riders came to grief as they touched wheels but all was well as they checked their bikes, remounted and continued on with the group to the lunch venue.
There to meet us were Trevor N and John S. Some chose to eat inside at the reserved table while the remainder sat in the garden and took their chances with the wasps that have seemed to be a bit of a problem this summer. The S & W provides good service and good value food and we left well set up for the return leg.
While Trevor made his own way back, John joined us for a few miles. Our route took us past the Neatishead Radar Station, Smallburgh, Dilham and on to Honing where John left us. Then Crostwight, Bacton Woods, Edingthorpe Street, Knapton and Trunch (where we said goodbye to Robin); Southrepps, Northrepps (cheers to David and Robert), Crossdale Street, Felbrigg and Metton, where there were splits in the group. Firstly Graham headed off towards Aylmerton and the remaining 4 riders decided not to wait for Alan and Kevin, the former taking it a bit easier on the homeward stretch as he was suffering the effects of a summer cold!
Malcolm paused at Lower Gresham to say his goodbyes to Alan and Kevin leaving just 3 to climb the last mile or so back to PC.
Alan, Andrew, David, Graham, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Robin, Stephen, Trevor E, Trevor N
52 miles PC to PC (70 miles for some)