Just 3 Wheelers braved the elements and met at PC for Malcolm’s ride to the ever popular ATN – a change to the programme as The Conservatory at Aylsham now closes on a Wednesday! Having spoken to JD about Tuesday’s NVL ride Malcolm was keen to avoid the mud that they encountered but the frequency of flooded roads to and from Cawston did mean that impromptu bike cleaning was always possible!
The route followed a familiar path through Bessingham, Thurgarton and Aldborough and then up to the A140. Crossing the main road we took a short cut via the track passing Hanworth Timber Co. to White Post Road and on to Suffield, Colby and Banningham by which point Malcolm had just about managed to force his gloves back on – don’t ask!
Tempting as The Crown was we continued to Tuttington and Oxnead before joining the Cawston Road, slightly heavy going due to the headwind, and to our lunchtime destination. The Café served up its usual delicious fare and we were able to enjoy it in reasonably dry clothes as the rain had stopped en route!
After lunch Mark headed west and homewards while the dynamic duo decided on the B1145 Trans-Norfolk to take them to Aylsham. A reckless, impatient or stupid (or combination of all three) driver who did his best to collide with an oncoming car and take out 2 Wheelers in the process didn’t delay their progress and aided by a tailwind they soon reached the Blickling Road and thereafter Ingworth. At Eagle Lane there was a parting of the ways as one turned for Erpingham, Gresham, PC and home while the other reconnected with Colby and Suffield before heading south-east for home!
A good ride and good company and surprisingly clean bikes (mud free anyway!)
Kevin, Malcolm, Mark
39 miles PC to PC (50 – 60 miles max)