To the Lighthouse on 29 May 2021

This was the 5th/6th Bruce McEwen Memorial Ride, picking up the threads after last year’s hiatus. Bruce loved his cycling club runs and we know that he would be very pleased to be remembered on an NNW ride.

Eight Wheelers turned out today, including John H, an old club runs pal of Bruce. The bunch rode by way of Gresham, Sustead, Aldborough school, Alby Common and Suffield to Felmingham, where we chatted to Heather in warm late spring sunshine before pushing on via Swanton Abbott, Scottow, Sloley, Dilham, Honing, Crostwight Common and Ridlington to the Lighthouse Inn at Walcott, where the vanguard of the group were already into their Spanish and Belgian beers before the remainder arrived. The homeward leg picked up a lot of little lanes inland from Bacton before dropping into Mundesley, up the drag to Trunch, the back lane to Southrepps, through Northrepps, past Sally Bean’s House, skirting Roughton, descending to Metton, through Felbrigg Wood and onward to Gresham for the final split.

Conditions: glorious long-awaited late spring weather with a refreshing north easterly breeze coming in off the sea.

Group: Neil S; Malcolm; John H; Harvey; Graham J; Geoff; Brian; Ben.

Distances: 54 miles to 102 miles (Ben, who is trying to get some solid miles into his legs in prep for the summer).

Two punctures in the same rear Michelin Speedium 2. There is a rumour that the victim inserted his first unpatched inner tube since 1998.

North Norfolk Wheelers are still looking for someone to organise their club runs.