The club run leader waited a bit long for the early ice to ease on the lanes, was consequently late and in the black books* of the three Wheelers waiting patiently at Erpingham. The quartet took an unconventional and rather longer route than usual in cold conditions*, but suffered a puncture* on the corner of the Bluestone Plantation, so were late* arriving at Walsingham. Waiting at the Norton Centre was Ian S, who had walked from Antingham, putting to shame the traditional pilgrims to the Shrine of Our Lady. Ten minutes later we were joined by Geoff, who had ridden straight down from home.
So, five riders headed back into the easterly by way of Hindringham, Sharrington, Thornage ford (dry today), Hunworth and the drag up to the Old White Horse for the parting of the ways, from where three continued over the ridge and back to Erpingham for the final split. A second puncture* held up the group in the upper Glaven valley.
Malcolm; Ian S; Harvey; Graham J; Geoff and Brian were at the cafe.
All the original diminished bunch were up around or over the 100 kms mark, with a maximum distance of 110 kms (68 miles). One Wheeler managed only 25 miles, although he was disadvantaged somewhat by being on foot. He left home well before dawn, at a time when yours truly was still abed!*
*But it was still a good day out though.
As David C was otherwise engaged Malcolm offered to lead today’s run and met with 4 other Wheelers at PC. The forecast promised wind and showers with possible sunny bits and that’s what we got although the latter only really broke through in the final stretch!
The route: Gresham, Lower Gresham, Metton, Thorpe Market, Bradfield, Swafield, North Walsham, Tungate, Skeyton, Burgh, Aylsham. Robin had things to do etc so left the four of us to it.
The Conservatory served up good food in their usual friendly way and after forgoing the tempting cakes on offer we set off for Oulton Street hoping that the (forecast) heavy showers would arrive once we were all back home enjoying a cuppa!
The route from Oulton Street was a straightforward Itteringham to Little Barningham (let the sunshine in!). Just after The Church of St Peter there was a split with Malcolm and Robert heading off towards Gresham and their respective ways home while the remaining pair completed the circuit back to PC.
Thanks to all for the company. Just after M arrived home there were a series of showers that probably helped with the bike cleaning!
Alan, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Robin
36 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)
Everything is now booked. If you haven’t yet paid can you do so as soon as possible as I need to pay for the catering and hall. Thanks and look forward to seeing you all on Saturday 26th January.
Six Wheelers met at PC for Alan’s ride to Coltishall.
A helpful tailwind took us swiftly to Itteringham and carried us up the hill to The Blickling Road where we bade farewell to Robin.
Although dampness was in the air we were optimistic that conditions would remain favourable as we passed through Oulton Street, Southgate and on to Cawston. Our route continued through Brandiston, Haveringland, over the busy B1149 and on via Shorthorn Road and over the A140 Cromer Road to Stratton Strawless. Just before Buxton a not so Sandy Lane, in fact more like Straw Lane, led us to the Coltishall Road and Horstead before arriving at our destination after some 27 miles.
Just after settling down at our table the threatened rain shower arrived which made our excellent lunch at this great venue even more pleasurable. Particularly so as the rain had cleared away by the time we were ready to leave!
John S left us to head eastwards while the remaining 4 went back through Coltishall up to Great and Little Haubois and on to Badersfield and Skeyton. After negotiating a tractor and a section of muddy road the group split again with one heading off towards North Walsham and just 3 taking the following route; Tuttington, Dunkirk, Erpingham , Calthorpe, Aldborough and Gresham where Andrew and Kevin headed west and Alan back to PC.
Many thanks to Alan for leading today’s ride.
Alan, Andrew, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robin
PC to PC 44 miles
Words by John S
Seven riders met at PC for the first Club Ride of the year. These included Andrew on his first ride with the club and Sue on her first Wednesday run. And they had chosen an ok day to join us. Wintery–ish yes; chilly, yes; damp, yes, with a hint of moisture in the air, but not too bad at all for a day out on the bikes.
John S had planned a modest ride to Reepham to allow any post-festivity sluggishness to be gently dealt with. He had also not cleaned his bike from his last outing knowing that things were going to be a bit on the mucky side!
A more westerly outward leg saw us take in Baconsthorpe, Edgefield, Guestwick and Kerdiston before settling into the Old Railway Station at Reepham for lunch where Geoff joined us.
The track back to PC was more easterly so as not to repeat any of the lanes used on the outward leg. There was the usual phased break-up of the group. Andrew C left us just after Wood Dalling, Geoff just before Saxthorpe, Robin around Irmingland and Sue and Graham just after Thurgarton. New rider Andrew turned for home in Gresham, which left just John S and Alan to return to PC. A finish by riding up Gibbet Lane seemed just the way to start the New Year!
At 36.2 miles, it was a shortish route, but a pleasing one.
8 out (nice to see some new faces).
Alan, Andrew, Andrew C, Geoff, Graham, John S, Robin, Sue
Here’s to 2019 and many convivial and pleasing days out on the bikes (with not too much post-ride cleaning required!).