I have been very brave and have ridden to Norwich city centre. I managed to poke Hubster off the sofa and into his cycling shoes and on to his Boardman. Only an hour I said, it’s only about 7 miles .
We got on the bikes and rode down Bluebell Road and then turned left and along Newmarket Road on the cyclepaths and Bus lane cyclepaths, all the way down to just short of St Stephens Street roundabout. Just before that horrible roundabout, we turned left up Victoria Street and then right into our friend’s road and delivered the cards. We didn’t stop as she has an aversion to paying for central heating plus she had a load of windows open. I didn’t want to get all cold and then ride home. I just said that I was out for a ride and didn’t want my legs to cool down.
From there we rode along the cycle lane, across into All Saint’s Green and down Westlegate (we waved at Evans as we passed) and then forced up Theatre Street as there was a large Audi-doodi blocking the turn right cycle lane. He had his hazard lights on, so that was OK then. When we drew level with Gentlemans Walk, the pedestrianised bit, we hopped off our bikes and walked as briskly as possible through the heaving throngs of harrassed looking shoppers. Husbands with panicked looks on their faces as they have managed to finish their shopping and a sink plunger off the market will be fine for Mum, right?
At the top of Exchange Street, we hopped back on the bikes and rode down, doglegged left and right to Duke Street and picked up the Cyclepath to the Marriotts and rode the 2.5 miles (crossing blooming Marlpit Lane as we couldn’t face the climb) and then rode home through the Marlpit/Costessey estate. We still climb exactly the same amount but it’s half a mile longer and a couple of percent less steep. There is also not a queue for the final third of it and never changing lights at the top.
At the final bit of cyclepath, I headed to Bowthorpe, to do the extra mile, Hubster headed home. I really enjoyed the last mile, hardly saw anyone except for one car who close passed me. It was a beemer so no shock there.
As usual, I stopped my Garmin on a street where I don’t live. The same street as I turned it on, as it turned out today.
10.17 miles in a rather slow, but enjoyable 56:35 minutes. We were actually out for an hour but lights and stopping at Debs’ house took a minute or 4. Walking for 400 yards didn’t help much either but who cares. It was a nice ride. Only 51.2 miles to target
Hopefully tomorrow I am going to buy a Planet X XLS Carbon CX Bike. It’s black, not my favorite colour, but at that price, it would be rude not to. If it doesn’t happen, that’s fine too. The right bike will turn up ready to get me through to when the Carbon Roadie can come out to play again. Really it could go through the winter but I don’t want to stuff it up with the road grit and salt and crap on the roads. I must be soft in the head!
1448.82 mi at 13.26 mi/h. Going to up my target to 2000 next year.