Narrative by run leader Ben M.
Four travellers left PC at 10 a.m. sharp, with the wind on the bows for most of the trip to Pensthorpe. It was great to have Brian back so soon following his close inspection of the road and the clairvoyant’s bonnet. The route was impromptu due to misgivings about culinary limitations at Coltishall cafe and a claim that East Rudham would be swamped with tourists. The way out to Pensthorpe passed through Baconsthorpe, Brinton, Hindringham and the Snorings. Despite ploughing through some of Norfolk’s finest gravel traps, there were no punctures or mechanicals.
Lunch turned into a largely sandwich affair if you wanted serving promptly. The return trip was a little longer, but the long awaited tailwind finally kicked in after crossing the Wensum at Sculthorpe mill. The homeward leg was Ryburgh, Pudding Norton, Sculthorpe, the Barshams and then the more familiar roads by way of Walsingham, Langham (where Brian and Mark furthered their education with a quick visit to the Dome). Then it was back over the undulations via Wiveton, High Kelling and West Beckham.
Distances – from 64 miles to 70+.
Riders – Ben, Brian, Mark, Geoff.