Helen, Norfolk, Suffolk, carrot cake and 2 personal bests

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    Last weekend DH and I were on holiday at Elveden in Suffolk with about 300 other people from the
    company I work for. I can understand why Centre Parks holiday village is chosen - lots for the kids
    to do - but it does rather feel like being in prison, especially as the villa had a delightful view
    of the barbed wire fence around the outside. So, ignoring the enticements of lots of expensive
    sports we're not interested in, we convened the escape committee and went for a bike ride.

    After some messing around due to bad mobile reception, I phoned Helen and we arranged to meet at
    Swaffam. Saturday was perfect weather for cycling, sunny and warm, no wind but not too hot. Suffolk
    and Norfolk are excellent cycling country, lots of lanes through wooded areas with dappled shade.
    There are long straight bits that undulate gently up and down, but nothing too steep. Being
    fatslowbirdonabike I almost never use the big ring on my triple, but these shallow inclines weren't
    steep enough to coast and so top gear got used. We did a total of 50 miles, which is the longest
    day's ride I've done in several years and by a large margin. .

    In Swaffam we easily met Helen as arranged, even though she was wearing stealth clothing. Poor Helen
    had to watch DH and I devouring her favourite carrot cake while she made do with a scone and jam but
    no butter or cream.

    Helen found some lovely quiet lanes where we could ride three abreast and chat as there were no cars
    at all. After about 10 companionable miles we stopped to say goodbye before going our separate ways,
    and 3 cars appeared from the direction we'd just come. Great timing.

    On the way back we met one of those retired CTC veteran types. He'd cycled from Stevenage and was on
    his way to Castle Acre for the night, a mere 100 miles. The next day he was meeting Cambridge CTC at
    King's Lynn and will ride back to Cambridge with them and then on to home, well over 100 miles. So
    Helen is right about Norfolk being infested with CTC stealth pensioners.

    On the way back we stopped for a cold drink and an ice-cream at the petrol station, conveniently
    getting there just 5 minutes before it shut. I'm not used to the ways in these rural areas - I'd
    expected the shops to shut that early, but not a petrol station!

    Having done 50 miles on Saturday, I wasn't really up for a long ride on Sunday. Helen had provided
    some information about rides in Norfolk, so we picked the closest intending to ride just part of it.
    However my plans were thwarted by lots of the apparent roads on the OS map being private roads
    belonging to the Elveden Estate, so we cycled 3 very unpleasant miles along the A11 before finding
    the first turning. This then skirted an MOD site that looked like a minefield or place where army
    types practice shooting each other. So it wasn't a great surprise to see a sign "Tanks". This was
    actually for a tank museum at a farm; we didn't hang around long enough to find out whether they
    were military or agricultural ones.

    By the time we got back onto my intended part of Helen's route at Euston, we'd already done 10
    miles. Then the choices were either a circuit south to reapproach Elveden on a different road, or
    back up the same road and do the A11 again. Inevitably I chose the circuit. Sunday was another
    great cycling day, a bit cooler than Saturday, but still sunny. There was lots of wildlife around,
    at least 2 types of deer and pheasants by the hundred. The more southerly part of this ride in
    Suffolk had some more open spaces than the previous day's northerly venture into Norfolk. Mileage
    for the day was 32 miles, which if I'd done it before Saturday would also have been my longest ride
    of the year.

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  2. >In Swaffam we easily met Helen as arranged, even though she was wearing stealth clothing.

    I will point here that in my case, "stealth clothing" was my Klingon cloaking device of bright
    yellow helmet & bright yellow jersey!

    >Poor Helen had to watch DH and I devouring her favourite carrot cake while she made do with a scone
    >and jam but no butter or cream.
    >

    It was like porn for dieters ;-)

    >Helen had provided some information about rides in Norfolk, so we picked the closest intending to
    >ride just part of it.

    From "On your bike in Norfolk and Suffolk"

    Glad you had a ggod time Steph - hope to meet up again!

    Cheers, helen s

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