After a frustrating few weeks dominated by Erik, Freya, Gareth and Hannah, several of the Wheelers were straining at the leash to get back on the cog. They were joined by Stuart, from Essex outfit Maillot Noir CC (69 members). A total of ten riders headed south with a cold tailwind to Attlebridge and then over the high ground beyond Collen Green as far as Welborne church before doubling back into the northerly to a warm welcome and excellent refreshments at Tabnabs. One of the more mature and ascetic members insisted that we should sit outside, which proved to be a bit parky when the sun moved round behind the cafe roof.
A bit more effort was required into the chilly wind on a return route that went by way of Elsing Hall, Fustyweed, Lyng, Hackford, Kerdiston, Odessa, Wood Dalling church, Norton Corner, Red Pits, the Giro house and the Grove to the first departure from the bunch at Corpusty and then a second split at Little Barningham.
Bunch: Brian; Chris L; David; Geoff; Graham A; Harvey; Malcolm; Robin; Scott; Stuart.
9 Wheelers gathered at PC to pick up one more at All Saints Church, Gresham to swell the group to double figures for the first time in a little while! Most were still dressed in their winter gear being perhaps slightly distrustful of the (apparent) return of milder weather, while a few preferred a combination of summer tops and winter bottoms or vice versa!
Anyhow David’s preferred route taking in Sustead was thwarted due to road works so the first part of today’s run followed a loop via Bessingham and Hanworth to Metton and onwards through Crossdale Street and to Northrepps (via Hall Road and Nut Lane rather than the usual New Road). A couple of unauthorised stops (one technical and one to receive a call from builders) delayed things slightly and David was a bit concerned about arriving late for lunch so decided to amend his route. We pressed on through Southrepps, Trunch, Swafield (where a local gave unsolicited advice on the best route to Bradfield), Bradfield, Antingham, Suffield, Colby and the final stretch against a stiffening breeze to Banningham. A very pleasant 26 miles!
CJ was tucking into his lunch as we arrived at The Crown but the service was pretty good and we were all eventually fed and watered. Robin had left us on arrival at the Pub as he had things to do. Having enjoyed a sunny al fresco lunch we began our return leg; John D peeled off just before Ingworth to follow Drabblegate homewards reducing the group to 8 members.
After Ingworth we then took the Scarrow Beck route to Calthorpe (thus avoiding the road closure at Erpingham), then Wickmere and Thurgarton just after which Malcolm headed off to Hanworth and homewards while the main group returned to PC and destinations beyond via Bessingham and Gresham.
Many thanks to David for leading today’s ride in temperatures at times exceeding 15 degrees and in the words of one “feeling like a summer day.”
Alan, Andrew B, Andrew C, David C, John D, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Robin and CJ at the Pub.
5 turned up on a windy but dry day for Andrew’s run to Langham.
We set out towards Matlaske but diverted to Plumstead then to Edgefield. On towards Briston but swerved right to Stody then Brinton. The road to Gunthorpe was dry but bumpy with strong side winds.
However after crossing the main road we were treated to a downhill downwind blast for 4-5 miles from Thursford to Binham. On to Langham via Cockthorpe making short shrift of the climb up due to the 30mph tail wind.
An excellent lunch with of a choice of three mains and a drink for £10. The quality was excellent.
Returning we slogged to Letheringsett then uphill and into the wind via Thornage and Hunworth. A short twiddle left took us briefly to the main Holt/Norwich road before turning left at Edgefield to Baconsthorpe and PC.
Alan, Andrew, Graham, John S, Kevin
39 miles PC to PC
Many thanks to Andrew for leading today’s ride – shame I couldn’t make it!