Aldeburgh – a tailer’s view

6:45am: turn off alarm. Check memo: first-aid kit! Phone: no message – ride is on. Breakfast then head to Ely ahead of 8:30 start

Six bikers and one pillion gather around Janet for her briefing. My first time tailing so I listen intently. Then we’re off on roads still damp from overnight rain. Clouds temper the light & temperature: perfect riding conditions all day

The buddy system: from the rear I see riders adjust their speed to keep the bike behind in view. A turn of the head assures riders they’re being followed at junctions. Fuelling break in Coddenham and bikes swap order. The group are riding for each other and not as dispersed as on a Sunday ride. Kids wave as the seven bikes enter Aldeburgh in formation

Tailing duties complete (Catherine takes over for the return) – off to the fish’n’chip shop, which has only just opened but already has a queue. Lifeboats are launched as we relax on the beach

Janet Pinion’s 2019 all-day ride to Aldeburgh (began in Ely, ended in Fordham): right-click here (save as..) to download the route in .gpx format

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