5 Wheelers met at PC for the first ride of the season in glorious sunshine and it would remain like that for most of the ride – just a few clouds in the afternoon attempting to spoil the fun.
Malcolm set out at a reasonably strong pace perhaps testing his own as much as anybody else’s legs!
The route was through the lanes and minor roads to Gresham, Thurgarton, Erpingham, Ingworth and Aylsham before joining the A140 for a short sprint to Marsham. Much to everyone’s relief we left the main road to follow High Street through Marsham and to the Buxton Road. It was then a straight run to Booton before the final mile or so to our refreshment stop.
Although still retricted to offering a takeaway service the friendly staff at The Station Cafe served up some welcome coffee, cake and baps. It was busy and in amongst the crowd we spotted Andrew C and Geoff who came over to say a socially distanced hallo.
Andrew C (on his rather smart e-bike) joined us for the return leg which was a familiar path to Salle, Wood Dalling, Thurning and Briston. En route Andrew couldn’t resist a smile as he demonstrated the advantage of turbo power on the uphill sections! At Briston there was a two way split, one half heading towards the coast and the other to Edgefield.
At Edgefield Malcolm opted for a direct cross country (not off-road btw) route home via Barningham Green, Erpingham, Colby and Suffield leaving just two to complete the circuit back to PC.
Great to be out with the group again and reassuring that we have not lost our social skills or sense of humour!
Andrew B, Duncan, John S, Malcolm, Stephen and Andrew C
37 miles PC to PC (56 miles max)
Just to say again that the group number for Wednesdays will be limited to 6 members for the time being even though the latest British Cycling guidelines state that up to 15 members can meet for rides organised by affiliated Clubs under the “organised sports exemption” rule.