I rarely have a Monday off. I have a busy job so days like this are an oasis of loveliness in my world. Working in the summer time is dreadful. I can see the lovely weather outside while I am cooped up indoors, tapping away at my works computer and dreaming of nice bike rides. Work is a necessary evil that allows me to buy nice bikes. This is the way that I chose to look at things. Today’s day off was due to chappy going away for a wee while, on a course thing, so I took the day off to spend time with him. Then he got called in to work for a meeting. Well, stuff it. I’m going out on my bike while he is bored to tears in a meeting.
I grabbed my trusty steel steed, my beautiful Genesis gravel bike with his road tyres on that seem to run so smoothly that I feel like I am flying. I don’t get this feeling on my blue roadie. The very expensive Carbon Fibre job that I saved forever to get. Three times, I saved, and was thwarted each time by unexpected bills. I’ve had the carbon bike since 2014 and it’s great. Over 50 miles it is not comfy. The steel Genesis is as comfy as a comfy thing and I can ride him for hours with no ill effects. Sure, the saddle helps and it’s been on the Carbon Roadie but it’s not the same. I thought that I might try for some more letters for my alphabet challenge.
R is for Runcton Holme.
Not far from mine and a pretty enough village. I ride through it often so don’t take that much notice of it. As I was riding very locally and on quiet roads, I turned on the app that I like to listen to. It’s called Zombies! Run, and is a running app. However, my Achilles is not up to much and I now have a problem with my right foot that my doctor cannot decide what the hell is up with it. It hurts, I can tell you that much. Anyway, cycling doesn’t hurt and I like the app. It was a nice afternoon for being chased by zombies.
S is for Stradsett
I suppose that I could have gone to South Runcton for my S, or Shouldham even. I fancied a hill so went to Stradsett. It’s on a main road, the Downham to Swaffham road so a bit of a pain but then I get to ride up Marham Hill and then zoom down the other side and then back on to a bit of road that I’d already ridden on. I suppose that I could have gone to Swaffham but I had no idea how long himself’s meeting was going to last for and I wanted to get back in time for tea.
T is for Tottenhill
After leaving Stradsett, whipping up Marham Hill and heading to the A134 I had a fast bit of riding to get to the by road that I needed to take. The lorries on that road seem to be worse than the ones on the A10. The A134 is not quite as wide or as straight. Tractors everywhere, so I was glad to get off it as quickly as I could.
I like the by road, I’ve used it often but this time I took a side road off the by road. I thought it a dirt track but it wasn’t. Into Tottenhill and I saw a whole bunch of the geese that the village is known for. I was considering taking a picture but they were hissing at me. Being advanced on by hissing geese was not on my daily agenda. I decided that retreat was a far better idea. I did like the village sign though.
From there, I decided to push on home and managed a nice 50km ride for the day. Oh, I also saw a nice bee.
I might well take a trip to Upwell later in the week and collect the U. I have a plan for the V, there are a ton of Ws around here. I’ll have to bend the rules a bit for X as there are no Xs in the UK directory of place names. Poetic licence for Z too. I know a good old Y that will need a car trip but I will have the challenge wrapped up pretty soon.