Prepared for a mild battering from the gusty wind, 5 Wheelers met at “The Reservoir” for Alan’s ride to the banks of the River Bure.
The headwind didn’t seem too much of a problem as we followed a straight course via Little Barningham, Itteringham, Oulton Street and Cawston. Then came Brandiston, Swannington and Upgate before heading east through Felthorpe and up to the A140. At Stratton Strawless Robin left us (for a busy afternoon no doubt) so just 4 turned right on to the Hainford Road then left at the T-junction for a fast paced last leg before lunch to Horstead and our mid-ride destination at Coltishall.
Now could this be the last time the sun rises for the Wheelers at Colishall? Even in a gusty wind it is still a most pleasant location but the recent takeover by Colchester Inns has increased the food prices and we all felt it wasn’t great value. As The Rising Sun is really a summer pub, for the next few months it was agreed that it will be The Red Lion (Cyclist friendly) when we visit Coltishall.
We parted company with John S after lunch and the remaining trio went first to Great and then Little Hautbois enjoying the big skies that this route provides, then Lamas, over The Bure at the Mill before joining the Aylsham Road at Buxton. We turned off to Oxnead, crossing The Bure once again and then up to Church Road and straight on to Tuttington, Banningham and Colby. Here Malcolm headed off towards Suffield, Antingham and home while 2 pedalled on to Erpingham, Aldborough, Gresham and finally PC.
Many thanks to Alan for leading today’s run which was at times challenging in the wind and it was quite understandable why several Wheelers chose not to venture out.
Alan, Geoff (not Mr P), John S, Malcolm, Robin
PC to PC 46.5 miles