After yesterday’s debacle of forgetting keys etc, we planned a bit better today. We took our long lead, we remembered the client’s keys and got on our bikes.
We cycled down through Barford and on along the Watton Road, up through the S bend hill and on until we found the 1st turning to Bawburgh. We felt like a change (and didn’t really fancy UEA hill today) so headed off down to Bawburgh, only the first bit is definitely on the ‘up’ side of down. Once down in the village we headed off towards Longwater business park, up the hill to the Marlingford Road, turned right and up ‘Herbie Hill’ and then on over the roundabouts and on to the Dereham Road. As we actually wanted to be on Earlham Road we planned to cut across without too much more hill climbing. Obviously it was turning into one of ‘those’ days where hills were part of the ride and we couldn’t seem to avoid them.
On down Dereham Road, bypassing Bowthorpe roundabout, where the cars hare round as if there is no tomorrow, by using the little cycle path there, back on the main road and on until we reached Larkman Lane. Right up Larkman Lane and then doglegged straight over the road at the end, round to the left and then down a glorious hill (with horrible speed bumps) and up the slightly steeper hill the other side. Where did all this bring us out? Half way up UEA Hill. Typical. We were half way ups so that was OK then. From there on we simply pedalled down to our client’s house and walked her dog for 30 minutes.
Once our wonderful doggy walk was done, we were back on our bikes and retracing our steps (or pedals) up the Earlham Road and moaning about the drizzle. We carried on down UEA hill (much better that way) and past the N&N and over the roundabouts. At the point where we had turned off towards Bawburgh on our way in, we turned off the other way towards Wymondham and cycled up the hill there and on until the road became Melton Road and we whipped through the town to the doctors, collected a prescription and then headed home. We cycled through about 3 small showers and got back indoors just before the rain poured down properly.
We had a great ride and knocked out just over half of our remaining distance for our challenge this month. Looking towards next month, we thought that we might try to acquire a couple of mountain bikes and take part in the Ruff Stuff event on the 28th October. It looks fun. At least I think that it looks fun, Kenn will take a bit of convincing. We will definitely need better MTBs than our BSOs in our Mark’s garage though. They weigh a ton and are likely to fall apart if we take them off road in any way, shape or form. Strictly for a quick dash up the tarmac covered cycle way and into a city car park. One pothole and something else will drop off. The Ruff Stuff ride is definitely not one for my beloved Giant or Kenn’s much prized Carrera (with knobs on).
Today’s Ride: 26.24 miles
Max Speed: 26.84 mph
Ave Speed: 12.01 mph
Sept Distance: 227.44
Total Distance: 926.69