Club Run, 15/12/18

Brian and Harvey rode from Pretty Corner to Itteringham to pick up Malcolm and David for the club run to Pensthorpe, from where David was collected by car to endure the equivalent of forty lashes –> a visit to a Garden Centre followed by shopping in King’s Lynn. The complement was made up to four again when Geoff arrived direct from home to join the homeward leg. One rider lost contact after Thurning and had to be retrieved by way of the age old, trusted technique of riding round in circles until he was spotted flying along in the wrong direction: he swears that he could see the three riders ahead of him, but he looked down to see the time and when he looked up again they had “vanished”!

It was a truly starving wind today, but the threatened afternoon sleet and rain didn’t materialise until 5.00 p.m. Milder next week.

PC to PC 50 miles/ Max: 62 miles.

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Club Run to The Three Horseshoes at Warham 12 December 2018

Four Wheelers met at PC for Andrew’s ride to this increasingly popular (especially for pie lovers) venue located a short distance from Wells and just down the road from Warham Camp. Conditions were dry and surprisingly mild with only a gentle breeze – perfect!

We followed a tried and tested route through Baconsthorpe and Edgefield and on to Briston. Craymere Beck was in full flow but the first through were quick to alert following riders of ice on the other side – yes it had been pretty cold the night before and the thaw hadn’t reached the shaded spots!

We continued on to Thurning, Hindolveston and Fulmodeston at which point we turned right to take us to Croxton and Barney and up to the A148. Safely across we reached Thursford, then Hindringham, Wighton and our mid ride destination at Warham but not before an invitation from our leader to explore the Camp – which we decided to leave for another time.

The Three Horseshoes was very welcoming with its open fire, tasty menu and selection of real ales (which 3 of the 4 just couldn’t resist). After such a hearty lunch a lack of calories was not going to be an issue and we set off in the direction of Binham. On reaching this pleasant village Andrew announced that we would approach Langham via Cockthorpe thus avoiding the reasonably steep and certainly long drag up the Langham Road. However in doing so we did experience our first taste of headwind but not strong enough to slow the pace substantially.

After Langham it was a straight route to Wiveton where we said goodbye to Andrew and began the long haul up Bridgefoot Lane on to the Holt Road and then Bridge Road all the way up to High Kelling and the Cromer Road. Having crossed to the other side of this busy road there was a final split as 2 of the remaining 3 decided to take the high road (the main road) back to Pretty Corner leaving Malcolm to wend his lonesome, solitary but not lonely, way via Geoff’s Corner to the junction of Mill Road and Red Barn Lane where he pondered completing today’s route back to PC but instead descended to Gresham and thereafter Bessingham, Thurgarton, Aldborough, Erpingham, Colby, Suffield and home.

Many thanks to Andrew for leading today’s ride – a good day out and good company.

No punctures, no incidents, no (wet) mud, lights definitely needed as even on a good day it’s dark enough after 3.30ish and maybe even a bit before that.

Alan, Andrew, Malcolm, Robert

43 miles PC to PC (65 miles max)

Club Run to The Banningham Crown 5 December 2018

This run was billed as The Horse and Groom at Tunstead but such were the conditions as 4 hardy souls met at PC that it was universally agreed that The Crown (with the prospect of an open fire) was the preferred venue. If any other Wheeler did venture out and went to Tunstead to meet us please accept our apologies!

As we approached Mill Road the weather was worsening but Malcolm had offered the others a reasonably mud free route to our revised venue and John S (the original leader for the day) was happy to let him get on with it.

After Aldborough we climbed Thwaite Hill and passed through Alby. On reaching the A140 it’s fair to say that we were all well and truly soaked but thankfully not soaked through except perhaps for hands and feet. The appalling resurfacing along White Post Road continuing in fact all the way to Suffield just added to the test as we then reached Colby and our lunch time destination at Banningham.

Except that we were too early for lunch and settled instead for hot chocolates all round plus of course that roaring log fire which would probably have dried out our various bits of cycling gear had we stayed longer. However we were soon back on the road. The rain had stopped but Malcolm decided a swift pedal along the Trans Norfolk Highway in the direction of North Walsham was a good idea while the remaining 3 headed back to PC and beyond.

Last week there was special praise to 2 Wheelers for “just going” so it’s only fair to give the same accolade to today’s intrepid group.

Alan, Andrew, John S, Malcolm

Various distances covered today by each of the riders with Andrew doing the most so he gets the gold star!

24 miles PC to PC