Words by Robert
8 Started at Pretty Corner with the sun shining for Robert’s ride to Aylsham.
Down to Gresham, then left to Northrepps and then on one of the Quiet Lanes down to Southrepps and across to Trunch. This is when the first incident of the day happened; a puncture, a hiss and we all stopped. 10 minutes later we were back on the road. We went through Kapton and at Paston Green we found we were only 7. Kevin went back to look for Graham (who had punctured) but he could not be found. So (with apologies to Graham) we continued, going south of North Walsham, crossing the A149 and on to a dirt track (as planned) and over the railway line. Then down to Westwick via the B1150 which included a white van overtaking the leader, who was clearly indicating right, on double white lines!
With lunch in sight we sailed across to Aylsham via Tuttington and received a warm welcome at The Conservatory, with Maureen and Chris waiting for us.
This is when the leader found that his back wheel was wobbling on its axle (which had been adjusted that morning for the same problem). Nothing could be done so he just decided to ride as it was.
After lunch the group was down to 5 and we continued due north up to Ingworth, past a field of cowslips and back to Pretty Corner.
8 out, (one lost), 9 for lunch
40 miles PC to PC
Update on Robert’s back wheel
“When I got home a found that the replacement ball bearings that had been used in my back wheel were different sizes and one had completely disintegrated.”
Many thanks to Robert for leading the ride and his report. Hope that the rear hub has not been completely trashed!!