We decided that now we have our mountain bikes that we would ride all the way along the Marriotts Way over 2 days. Its only 26 miles long but Kenn does not feel, at this particular time, that we can do the whole lot in one hit on MTBs. Road bikes are real mile munchers, MTBs are not for us as yet.
My new tyres arrived yesterday and Kenn put them on my Spesh this m0rning, we piled the bikes into the car and headed for Mark’s house. Parking there, we quickly reassembled the bikes (they don’t fit in the car with their wheels on) and headed off towards Norwich and Go Outdoors so we could get a couple of protein bars, just in case. We also found some Sealskinz gloves at a very good price so I got a pair for myself. Kenn is going to get a pair on Monday as we are waiting for a cheque to clear. I have issues with my hands, hence getting the first pair of gloves. We also picked up a new innertube while we were at it. There are about 4 patches on each of my innertubes on the Spesh so we had thought that we had better.
From there, we headed back along to the very start of the Marriotts Way and started pedalling. We quickly arrived at the crossing of Marlpit Lane and from there we cycled the short bit of tarmac to the hard but earthen track which makes up most of Cycle Route No. 1 and on we went. At Drayton we stopped at the Bakery, as there is the best bakery ever just off the path there. We got a lovely coffee and walnut muffin each (90p each so very good value) and ate them before getting back on our bikes and heading onwards. Riding through the fallen leaves, occasional bits of mud and packed earth track was great. We saw a lot of dog walkers, joggers, families on bikes and nordic walkers all out enjoying the fabulous autumn weather that we were blessed with today.
We made reasonable time to Lenwade, which is where we had planned to turn. We got a cup of coffee at the cafe nearby, its actually on the main road there, opposite the signs for the dinosaur park. The cafe sells very nicely priced coffee and cake and its not the expensive do that a lot of cafe’s near tourist attractions are. Sadly they shut at 2.30pm so its a cafe that we need to get to early, if we are having a cuppa there. Happily, we were just in time.
We turned for home there, having gleaned some parking information for tomorrow and Part 2 of our ride. Apparently the carpark near the cycle path itself has recently seen a spate of car break-ins. The cafe lady told us of somewhere much safer. We cycled along, retracing our steps, we stopped when we got a text from our Mark who was out Joring with his dogs. (sorry the link is to a store, I can’t find much online at short notice). Mark said that he was at Drayton and that he was turning for home. We said that we were just leaving Lenwade and would keep a look out for him.
Sure enough, just past Drayton, towards Costessey, there he was with his Husky Trip and his Husky x called Bouncer, chatting with another dog owner. He had just started off again, on his bike when Kenn dinged his bell and overtook Mark. Mark was chuffed to see Ken, Bouncer and Trip were delighted and gave chase to their friend Kenn, pulling Mark along as they went. I made the mistake of speaking to Mark and the dogs immediately turned to me for a cuddle. We did laugh as we were a pile of bike, huskies and people. Getting organised again, we cycled in front of Mark, calling the dogs as we went all the way back to Mark’s, except for walking along the short bit of Marlpit Lane that is a cycle path but its also a very busy road. We went all the way back to Mark’s house like this and it was terrific fun.
Once back at Mark’s we discovered that ‘my tracks’ had decided that there were no more satellites after Drayton and had turned itself off. Ho him. We know how far we travelled as we worked it out on an online map. This is why we don’ t know how fast we rode or our average speed but we reckon it was about 10mph. We are looking forward to tomorrow when we plan to ride from Lenwade to Aylsham (find a coffee) and back.
Today’s Ride: 22.55 miles
Max Speed: –.– mph
Ave Speed: –.– mph
Oct Distance: 121.28
Total Distance: 1072.57