So much for weather forecasts – the promised dry day with perhaps an odd shower was anything but – well for the outward leg at least!
Thankfully there was no wind to speak of as Malcolm lead the group of 4 to Matlaske followed by Erpingham, at which point he surprised everyone by turning north towards Aldborough and Sustead. The rain was steady if not particularly heavy but it was all a bit much for Andrew, nursing a chest infection, and he left us at Felbrigg to pedal a lonely furrow home!
We ploughed on through rain and mud to Northrepps, Southrepps and eventually to our seaside destination where we received the usual friendly welcome.
Well fed and watered we set off for Knapton and followed a long straight path via Old Hall Street and Pigneys Wood to the North Walsham Road and took a left taking us up and past Edingthorpe Green before a right and the drop down through Bacton Woods to the lower North Walsham Road.
After Ebridge Mill, White Horse Common and North Walsham the route was Tungate, Skeyton, Burgh and Aylsham. Then possibly the longest muddy stretch of road I have ever cycled on at the rear of the Blickling Estate to take us to Itteringham where there was a 2 way split as the leader turned off for Erpingham (no not for a second circuit) and home while the remaining 2 riders ascended Church Road towards Little Barningham after which there was a final split as one headed for the North Coast and the other back to Pretty Corner.
Good company and a good ride out in less than sparkling conditions. Best wishes to Andrew for a speedy recovery and we hope the ride home on his own wasn’t too gruelling.
Andrew C, Jane, Kevin, Malcolm
46 miles PC to Itteringham (to PC 54 miles)
(Jane wins this week’s gold star having covered the best part of 70 miles or maybe even just over)