Words and picture by John D
6 riders met at PC for JD’s ride to The White Horse. The route out was firstly to Gresham where a left and a right took us through Sustead and into Hanworth (I’m sure there’s an anti-cycling activist there who keeps pushing the bars of the cattle grids further apart!). Then after a small navigational anomaly it was along Parrow Lane to cross the A140 for the road to Thorpe Market. A straight road this, but one with a deceptive incline – fortunately I’d moved my bidon to my jersey pocket to make the bike lighter and my task easier.
Now into the Parishes of Antingham and Southrepps, we passed Gunton Station and the building once housing The Suffield Arms (now undergoing further re-construction). Then it was mostly due south towards Felmingham and into the light breeze, almost pleasant to ride into as it did not have that icy bite that seems to have been with us since early December – and warmish sunshine too!
Leaving Corvette Kingdom behind we took the (obligatory) Trans-Norfolk Highway for a few hundred yards before heading south again, crossing the (soon to be upgraded?) Weavers Way towards Coltishall and Horstead
Having gained several brownie points from Malcolm for explaining that I had avoided a couple of muddy roads, these were immediately forfeited when he twigged that we would be covering the final couple of miles of the outward journey via Heggatt Hill and Granny Bard’s Lane (Hee-Hee).
Thus muddied but unbowed we arrived at The White Horse. Despite being fairly busy and there being several tables “reserved”, we were found suitable space and dined in comfort on in my opinion, good quality and well-priced food. A wide range of topics were covered over lunch; Christmas in Australia, February holidays in Morocco, Gin, Beer Festivals, Carpets and, inevitably, Mud.
Taking to the road again seemed harder work than it should have been, so after Frettenham, Buxton and Brampton, the men were left to their own devices to return to the coast/home
6 out (Alan, Graham, JD, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert), no incidents and 26 miles in just under two hours to lunch.
“No incidents on the way home, Alan, Graham and myself covered 47 miles PC to PC”
“No incidents on the way home, I covered a total of 53 miles today”
Many thanks to John D for leading today’s ride and hopefully Robert arrived home with no incidents!