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