8 Wheelers met at PC on a (surprisingly) wet and (not so surprisingly) warm morning for John’s ride to Coltishall. Two riders, including the leader, were equipped with mudguards – a wise decision as it turned out!
The first part of John’s ride followed the small lanes via East Beckham, Gresham, and Bessingham, by-passing Thurgarton and Aldborough to Alby Hill, Alby, Suffield, Corvette Kingdom and Felmingham. After the first visit to our crossover point at Swanton Abbott we headed towards Worstead but a sharp right turn took us to Sloley and past the extensive soft fruit farm. On the way a front wheel puncture delayed us briefly but was swiftly dealt with by nimble fingered Kevin!
We then crossed the main train line (cue for Alban’s air horn impression ha ha!!) and on to Crowgate Street and Ashmanagh, across the Bure Valley Railway line to the Tunstead Road and then Belaugh Green and our lunchtime destination. It looked like we were going to have completely dry weather for the afternoon but too late for the mudguardless roadbikes!
After an excellent lunch Peter left us for a direct route home while the remainder began the return leg via St James, Tunstead, Market Street, Scottow, Swanton Abbott, Skeyton, Banningham and Colby where Malcolm peeled off for a second visit to Suffield and home.
The bunch of 6 continued on to Erpingham, Wickmere and Plumstead and then the long haul up the Barningham Road and Red Barn Lane back to PC.
Many thanks to John for leading today’s ride which included one or two new lanes!
Alban, Andrew B, Graham, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Stephen
48.5 miles PC to PC