Sunday 2nd May Rideout no.1
Due to the current Covid reguations and our numbers, we organised two rideouts, both meeting at The Railway Tavern in Poringland at slightly different times. Following a brilliant hot breakfast we departed, while ride two were still eating, for North Walsham, from there it was cross-country to Rougham, and Sheringham where we had a short stop to stretch our legs, and in my case, my back! Soon we were back on the road to Weybourne, through the countryside to Holt, Guist, Dereham, Watton, Shropham, on to the A11. Once on the main Norwich to London road it was a short hop to the Route 11 cafe, stopping for refreshments. Here we enjoyed a social chat until we decided that it was time to make our own way home.
Sunday 2nd May Rideout no.2 by Phil Barker.
First ride out for what seems like forever and it was great to meet up with friends who we haven’t seen for a long while.
An excellent breakfast at The Railway Tavern, Poringland (social distancing observed) and we were off for a gentle ride from Norwich to Sheringham, where we stopped for a chat before embarking on a trek around the twisting country lanes of North Norfolk before arriving at Route 11 for tea and cake.
We all agreed that to be back on our bikes and see our friends was long overdue.
I would like to thank The Railway Tavern staff who served us so well, the branch members who supported our breakfast and rideouts, arrived promptly, and observed all the Covid regulations and to Phil Barker who helped me out by leading ride no.2.
Sunday 6th June – Branch Rideout to County School Station.
Sunny skies greeted our branch members as we met at The Railway Tavern, Framingham Earl, today’s meeting point and somewhere for optional breakfast (well it would be rude not to), it was good to welcome Michael again, all the way from Cambridge.
Our eighty-five mile route took us from here to Bungay, Diss, Thetford, Mundford, Watton, Dereham and North Elmham, the roads were a mixture of straights, sweeping bends, and twisties through the forests and countryside of Norfolk. Following a quick stop in Watton for a couple to refuel, we were off again through Dereham to North Elmham where a short distance further on, County School Station is situated. County School railway station was built by the Great Eastern Railway in 1886 to serve the private school from which it took its name, and following the completion of the East Norfolk Railway’s branch line from Wroxham and Aylsham in 1882. In 1903 the Norfolk County School became the Watts Naval School, although the station name remained unchanged. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by Ellie who volunteers at the station, she met us to unlock a gate giving us a pre-arranged, reserved parking area just for our bikes. We soon found our way to the platform to be served drinks and some delicious cakes by Ellie and her team, although the station is not working at the moment, there is plenty to see both inside and out plus a couple of walks which some of us will do when we return individually at a later date. A thoroughly enjoyable ride and day made by our members especially David who kindly took Michael to get some fuel and met us en route and Tony who assisted David in Diss when his bike suffered a puncture.
We couldn’t have done it without Tracey and her team at The Railway Tavern, County School Station team including, Ellie, Terry, and Susie, and our branch members for their discipline and assistance during the ride, thank you all for playing your part.
Sunday 18th July – Rideout to Orford led by Roger and Freda.
BLAZING SADDLES TO ORFORD
Lesson 1 Know exactly where you are going
Lesson 2 Don’t rely on your Satnav – they don’t always know where they are going either
Seven bikes and ten people left Tesco’s car park in 28 degree temperatures, to journey through the Norfolk and Suffolk country side. Pretty villages , one visited twice !, cool forests and golden cornfields. Unfortunately Rob’s beautiful VF 1000R objected to the heat and slow riding and he had to leave to return home using a faster route to get the air flowing through again. The rest arrived at Orford Ness, and having discarded motorcycle gear for something a lot cooler (one person who shall remain nameless being helped out of his leather jeans by a female volunteer), we made our way to the tearooms overlooking the river. After an excellent snack and a good natter, it was back to the car park where, at Tony’s insistence, we had the obligatory ice cream. Then it was back into our motorcycle gear for the journey home.
A very hot ride, but good company and fun.
Report From Roger and images from Mark T.