Club Run to The Horse and Groom at Tunstead 18 December 2019

5 Wheelers met at PC for the last Wednesday Club Run of the year! John S promised us an intriguing (or was that an interesting) route to the village with a railway line but no station but happily with a decent pub. While most roads were fairly dry, some lanes were at their wettest worst which we were about to discover.

Descending gradually from the Cromer Ridge we eventually reached Barningham and then pedalled south-eastwards taking in (the outskirts of) Aldborough and Alby; then across the A140 and the shortcut to White Post Road. As we were passing Gunton Park Geoff became totally disengaged (no not a senior moment!) as his bike’s freehub packed up! He resigned himself to a walk home* and told us to carry on.

Turning right off White Post Road we hit the first of the seriously wet lanes but it wasn’t long before we reached Colby, although Malcolm held things up a bit being his normal cautious self through the mud and floods! After a brief foray on the B1145 we continued the theme by following a route through to Beck Lane and thereafter drier land at All Saints Church, Skeyton. Swanton Abbott, Sloley and more back (Beck!!) lanes took us to our lunchtime destination.

The menu is quite varied at the Horse and Groom and we enjoyed a pleasant lunch before setting off on the return leg. This was a more familiar route as we passed through Scottow, Swanton Abbott, Skeyton, Tuttington and up to Banningham where Malcolm left the group to head to Felmingham and home while the trio returned to PC via Ingworth, Wickmere and Matlaske.

Many thanks to John for leading today’s run. Bike cleaning duties for all today!

41 miles PC to PC (with Andrew C winning gold stars for mileage covered and muddy clothes!)

Andrew B, Andrew C, Geoff, John S, Malcolm

* Geoff had been walking for 20 minutes or so when a passing motorist stopped and offered him (and his bike) a lift home. It turned out that the good Samaritan lives only a couple of doors away from fellow Wheeler Kevin and is himself a keen off-roader!