Monday morning dawned bright and sunny again, this is becoming an epic summer for us. Blue skies, sunshine, baking heat and freakin’ amazing tan lines. As it was really hot we opted for normal shorts, cotton thin things that allow a breeze to circulate. Bad idea, really really rubbish idea!
Today, work wise, we had 2 customers to visit and walk their dogs. 1st dog in Taverham, so we walked him and took ourselves off to the Marriotts Way Car Park again and got the MTBs off the car rack. Today we headed into Norwich, thinking it was 5 miles or so as its just a hop, skip and a jump to Drayton, isn’t it? Hmm, maybe not. We got to Drayton and thought that we were both sure that there wasn’t actually 3 bits of track to cover before getting there. Never mind, on we went. We took a couple of pictures but can’t upload them at the moment, error messages keep arriving but I will try and get them up soon. Sky broadband is really thinband as its flaming useless. I was better off with the dongle.
Eventually we made it to the end of the Marriotts and followed the cyclepath towards the city and then cycled round the road to the end of St Benedicts and then cycled up the hill to the base of the footbridge where there is a big sign saying ‘cyclists dismount’, thank God. I was about done by the top there so very glad that I didn’t have to battle my way on the steeper bridge to get to our client’s house. That hill is pretty steep anyway. The road rises from 17 feet above sea level to 73 feet above in less than 1/4 mile. Kenn gave up about a third of the way and opted to walk, I don’t blame him but I was not quitting today.
We walked the client’s dogs, had an ice cream and then got back on the bikes for the couple of miles down to our friend Mark’s flat and then lugged the bikes up 2 flights of stairs. A young chap shoved past us, even though he could see me struggling and went to Mark’s. Apparently 18 year old lads don’ t offer to help any more. Ho hum. Getting down those narrow steps was interesting too.
Heading back we started off by road and picked up the Marriotts from Drayton Road/Dolphin Bridge entrance and then got moving back to the car. After the long ride yesterday, our legs didn’t really have a lot left in them. By Drayton we both had sore thighs. Kenn’s was worse than mine and mine were not terribly amusing. We were very glad to see the 7 mile marker as we knew that it was 150 yards to the car park from there. Getting the bikes back on the rack was entertaining to watch I reckon. There were 3 other cars parked there and all their owners were watching intently was we got those bikes back on the rack. Once the bikes were up, our audience all wandered off. Loading a bike is not that interesting.
We did our final walk of the day, slowly while picking cherries ready go in a low fat/no fat fruit tea loaf that will get cooked tomorrow, fruit soaking in black tea tonight.
The planned 10 or 11 leisurely miles was nearly 16 and a half. Day off tomorrow then, for sure. Oh, not wearing padded shorts on a MTB, don’t do it. Just say no and stick to the lycra. Its over 24 hours on at the time of writing and we both have sore bums, still.
The ride :16.38
Ave speed : 8.8 😦
Top Speed: 19.5
Total Climb: 203.41 feet
Total miles : 578.22