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Numbers on this weekend were unusually variable with people dropping in and out at various stages but about 14 of us gathered at the Windham Arms on Thursday evening for a good meal.

On Friday morning the group headed off in fine weather to visit the famous shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and then went on to Brancaster Staithe for lunch. A planned long ride towards Hunstanton was abandoned in favour of Jim's offer of tea at his home in Wells-Next-the-Sea. We were able to have dinner outdoors at The Lobster.

Saturday was extremely hot and windy. Iain led a ride towards Castle Acre but an exploding tyre and the heat meant that many of the group turned back part way and even the diehards didn't quite make it. After leading the long hot ride Iain then cooked spag bol for about 16 at the YHA. Jim had kindly done the shopping.

Sunday was mercifully cooler. The main group did a circuit to the Broads and back via the beach at Overstrand where a couple of members managed a swim. Another group did a one way trip to the Broads via the location of the World Dwile Flonking Championship and returned by train from Hoverton. Iain then completed his now traditional repertoire by baking every piece of salmon and other assorted fish available in the local Sainsbury's for a group that grew to 18.

On Monday I headed for Blickling and found Gavin and Peter there using it as a coffee stop en route to Norwich by bike. Iain and Daniel were on my late train from Norwich having had an adventurous ride through the Broads and a long stretch of nettles. I know Kevin went to Felbrigg, Stephen headed for Spalding by bike and Richard dashed back to London for a lunch date but I wasn't staying at the YHA so I'm not sure what happened to everyone else.

The weekend worked very well despite the official leader decamping to China. We're very grateful to Mike for organising it and sorry he didn't get to benefit from all his efforts. North Norfolk is a wonderful area for cycling with miles and miles of lovely quiet country lanes and plenty of points of interest.

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