This was not so much a club run as popping (the long way) round to your mate’s house for a cuppa and a bite to eat.
A carefully selected (they were the only ones available!) sextet of Wednesday group ride leaders set out from PC on a warm and dry day in a clockwise direction to Malcolm’s garden.
There was the hint of a headwind as we passed through Metton, Northrepps, Southrepps, Trunch, Knapton and Paston, before we turned southwards and took the lanes to Edingthorpe and more quiet lanes to Hall Lane. We descended to join the North Walsham Road at its crossing with the North Walsham and Dilham Canal and then Little London Road to the by-pass.
A final short stretch to Malcolm’s for that cuppa and tasty bowls of squash soup and cheese scones courtesy of Malcolm’s partner Sue.
Water bottles refilled we followed the “Trans-Norfolk Highway” as far as Felmingham. A particularly fine example of a classic “Stingray” was being worked on as we passed Corvette Kingdom. By now the pleasant warmth of the morning had given way to proper heat and it became apparent by the time we reached Aldborough, via Suffield, that it was probably just as well that we didn’t normally have temperatures at and beyond 30 degrees!
But soldier on we did, although Malcolm left the group at Bessingham and the remaining 5 made their ways to Gresham, PC and beyond.
Varying distances covered by group members this week but the clear gold star winner of the first of this new era of Wednesday Club Rides has to be Stephen who managed a creditable 76 miles.
Andrew B, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen
36 miles PC to PC
Judging the enterprise to be a success this format of ride should work for at least the next few weeks but we have not forgotten the local cafes and pubs and they will probably welcome our return, particularly at the end of the summer season!
Also we are not necessarily limiting the group to a maximum of 6 each ride; it’s just that this number is the most practicable in the current circumstances and a larger group needs more detailed planning for it to work successfully. Please take note of the guidance as detailed in the Dates and Destinations section of the website.