Christmas Day Ride
I joined the growing ranks of cyclists taking advantage of the quiet roads today by doing a 28-mile ride.
The ride took 1hr 41 mins, and the average I managed was a very respectable 16.9mph. I was pleased!
I took in a loop within south Suffolk, going first to Lavenham, which looked very peaceful in the morning mist.
The sheer lack of cars wasn quite unsettling – the main street in Lavenham is normally choked with traffic, but as I passed through today there was nothing on the road except parked cars!
From here I struck out eastwards toward Bildeston, taking in an increasingly undulating route. After the village of Chelsworth, there is a really nasty little hill, shown below:
Hererafter, I took the really big hill from Bildeston up towards Needham Market, which drags on for what feels like a couple of miles. Halfway up, a woman sped past in the opposite direction, screeched to a halt, and started to ask me directions. Being in the midst of a big climb, I was un-festive in my response and muttered ‘Can’t stop, sorry’. She moaned at me and drove off!
From here I had a great run – six miles of high, fast and fairly flat roads until Barking where I turned west and headed back, via Finborough towards home.
So, at least MOST of the Christmas dinner got burned off,, and the quiet roads were a real treat. Back to reality tomorrow when ev erybody drives off to the sales!