Six met at Pretty Corner and two more joined at Itteringham for a substantial clockwise loop by way of the cafe at Yaxham Waters. Three consecutive Saturdays of blustery gales were succeeded by an increasingly mild day freshened by a brisk south westerly. The route down to the refuelling break was a fairly straight line south until after Weston Longville, from where the bunch meandered about a bit on quiet roads via Greengate, East Tuddenham, Welborne Common, Candlestick Lane and Brakefield Green. After a longer than usual break, the homeward leg went along Cutthroat Lane, up the Stone Road to Dereham Town FC, picking up a comfortable tailwind through Etling Green, Elsing, Sparham, Hackford, Kerdiston, Guestwick, Craymere and Briston to a two-way split at Edgefield Cross Street, four continuing north over Bodham Hill to Sheringham and the others heading east to Barningham, Wickmere and Thurgarton for a a final parting of the ways.
Group: Mark; Malcolm; Kevin; Harvey; Graham J; Graham A; Geoff; Brian.
After acquiring three more steel bikes and starting to stack in more hard miles, there is some concern that Brian is turning into the legendary half-man, half-bicycle!
‘The gross and net result of it is that people who spend most of their time riding on iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of the bicycle as a result of the interchanging of atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people who are nearly half people and half bicycle … when a man lets things go so far that he is more than half bicycle, you will not see him so much because he spends a lot of his time with one elbow leaning on walls or standing propped by one foot at kerbstones’. – (Flann O. Brien, The Third Policeman, Flamingo, 1993).
Sheringham to Sheringham: 63 miles. (Brian, you will have 73 miles).