The final day; weather forecast poor; grey, rain at times but worst strong headwinds. The reality; read on.
Those stats- I meant to set them out in nautical measures as we’re by the sea but can’t be arsed to re-calculate so here goes:
78.73 miles (highest yet and my training ie this trip has kicked in and I felt good for another 20+) at 12.76 mph max 25.35 the highest and lowest respectively as it’s been the flattest at only 1224 ft.
The Lamb had not endeared itself to us but:
A great cheese and tomato omelette. VG coffee and fruit. A deserved 2nd in the all week breakfast league.
John sadly had to leave us as his asthma was bad so just the three of us:
I was somewhat nervous about this last day; but we bowled along on the flattest roads at some speed to our 20 mile coffee stop at the Anglo Saxon village by Lackful Lakes.
An excellent cheese and onion pasty was consumed to ensure if I collapsed from anything it wouldn’t be lack of cheese…
Then onwards in the Thetford training area. Last time I was here I parachuted in.
So many pig farms for miles.At least they are free range and happy to be on camera:
So many pigs are produced around here that a well known attraction is “Pork Scratching World” which tells the story of…err… pork scratchings from pig back to pub snack.
Sadly insufficient time to visit as we had our own unknown as of then encounter with pork to come….
Through the forests in which the birdsong was strikingly loud.
The countryside became less flat and more rolling as we left The Levels and the giant drainage systems. The temperature dropped and the drizzle started.
At least the number of bungalows dropped and scenic villages increased.
We cycled into a village called Eye at about 50 miles and by pure chance the Queen’s Head pub.
The only lunchtime beer we drank all week and it was good as was the home made tomato soup. So was the ciabatta with home cooked thick slices of ham, coleslaw, salad etc.
This is a great pub I hope to return to ( and not leave so quickly).
We got warm and layered up for the last 25+ miles. Fortunately the drizzle petered out, the nasty headwind didn’t appear, the lanes were sheltered by hedges and trees and the route was quiet.
Very big skies and arable crops:
On past Hevingham Hall and park:
I haven’t attached a photo of sheep yet despite being our constant companions in Wales and gradually decreasing eastwards but here are some Merino ones:
Up and down little lanes to the sea:
And the view along the beach:
The River Blyth:
And then to the Anchor Pub. Ghost Ship beer, Mersea oysters, local skate wing and a dry Sauvignon. A great meal with Tony and Colin.
Miles : 389.72 St David’s to Walberswick plus getting there of 36.56, totaling 426.28.
Average just under 65 a day at around 12mph.
Enjoyment/smiles : 90%.
Gear changes: 454,736
Mechanical problems and punctures : none.
What a great way to spend a week. Thanks to Colin, Tony, Pat, Jonathan and John.