Wednesday, 9 December 2009

8 Dec: Senior Cyclists' ride from Santon Downham (car assisted)

Peter Rowell writes: Our car-assisted ride to the Breckland arrived at the forestry offices at Santon Downham just after 10.00am. We unloaded the bikes and started off at 10.20am for The Angel at Larling. Although we had a shower on the way to Santon Downham, the sky had cleared and we had sunshine for the ride.

Going uphill (hill?, what hill) out of the Little Ouse valley we joined the Harling Drove. Being wet, the sand was easy to ride for the first stage and after the Mundford Road it was surfaced road all the way. We stopped at Croxton New Buildings to drink our coffee, then carried on through Wretham, Gt Hockham and Larling to The Angel.


After a large lunch, Adrian suggested we go back via Shropham and Gt Hockham, which we did. The weather was now broken overcast cloud but still dry. When we got to Wretham Camp we were again treated to a display of Helicopter take-offs and landings (as on our previous ride on this route).


We arrived back at Santon Downham by 3.30pm to load the bikes and return home having cycled 30 miles, mostly in quiet country lanes (except for the air activity). The oldest rider today was 82 (and he was in the lead a lot of the time). Peter Rowell.

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