Club Run to The White Horse at Crostwick 14 August 2019

11 Wheelers met at PC on a warm but damp morning for John D’s ride out to Crostwick. Just how wet and how hard might the ride become as the day progressed?

The first part of the route down to Itteringham should have been straight forward enough but an incident with a driver who clearly wanted all the road to himself nearly spoilt the fun. In the end only expletives were exchanged as each party continued on their separate ways.

We continued on to Oulton, Oulton Street, Aylsham, Burgh, Oxnead, Buxton, Stratton Strawless, Hainford, Newton St Faith, Horsham St Faith (where there was a split in the group as 2 waited with a puncture victim while the remainder of the group were told to pedal on), Frettenham and to the pub. Our leader punctured just a quarter of a mile short of our destination and decided to walk it from there and fix things after lunch!

The weather was turning and plans for an al fresco lunch were abandoned so we settled down inside. Peter, hoping to get home before the heavier rain, had not joined us and by the time we were ready to leave it was raining steadily.

John D had already decided to head straight home after replacing a tube so Malcolm took up the reins and lead the group on a direct path to Banningham via Frettenham, Buxton, Oxnead and Tuttington. The pace was quite high mainly in an attempt to keep warm in the worsening conditions! Malcolm followed the Trans-Norfolk Highway to Felmingham and home while the remaining 8 riders pedalled hard in the wet back to PC on familiar roads.

Many thanks to John D for leading today’s ride, particularly in view of the fact that he had lead the NVL group the previous day.

47 miles PC to PC

(Unsure of today’s max but Stephen could well be the gold star winner for the second week running!)

Alan, Alban, Andrew B, Andrew C, Ben (from Bedford), John D, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Stephen

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Club Run to The Horse and Groom at Tunstead 7 August 2019

9 Wheelers met at PC for Robert’s ride to Tunstead on a bright and breezy but cloudy summer’s day.

Just to be different Robert lead us back across the A148 and then down, down to the Coast Road at Beeston Regis to mix it with the holiday traffic! Not for long however as we were soon ascending Sandy Lane to the A148 and then into the Lion’s Mouth descending as far as the back entrance to the Felbrigg Hall Estate. Walkers seemed slightly taken aback as we approached them but they were friendly enough and the only real causes for concern were random sheep leaping across the road in front of us!

Safely through the Estate and Felbrigg Village our route then followed a familiar path to Crossdale Street encountering an idiot of a driver on the way who seemed to want the road to himself and unsuccessfully tried to push (or was that punch) John D off his bike! After Northrepps came Southrepps, Trunch, Knapton, Paston, Bacton Village, Witton, Honing, Dilham, Smallburgh, then the small lanes to Crowgate Street and the pub at Market Street in Tunstead.

It can only be assumed that the kitchen was short staffed as the food was a while coming and the quality variable but nevertheless it was a welcome break and we enjoyed a pleasant 45 minutes or so.

John S left us for home, so 8 pedalled their way back towards PC by way of Scottow, Swanton Abbott, All Saints Skeyton (where John D parted company with the group), Tuttington, Banningham (where Malcolm peeled off for home), Ingworth, Wickmere, Thurgarton, Bessingham, Lower Gresham and East Beckham.

Many thanks to Robert for leading today’s ride.

48 miles PC to PC (85 miles max – Stephen is awarded this week’s gold star!)

Alan, Andrew C, John D, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Robert, Stephen