#5000colo Day 48: Undulations

Distance travelled: 28.97 miles
Cumulative distance: 874.21 miles
Distance remaining: 4125.79 miles
Percentage complete: 17.48
Villages visited: Thorpe Marriott, Upgate, Swannington, Brandiston, Cawston, Haveringland, Horsford, Horsham St Faith, Spixworth.

Firstly, I’m proud to say that I’m now a qualified Mental Health First Aider. I did the penultimate session yesterday, but it was really challenging and I really struggled with my anxiety for the rest of the day. I’m not sure what’s due to the new medication and what’s due to environmental factors, but yesterday afternoon was pretty horrendous.

Today I woke up feeling much brighter, and I completed the final session of the MHFA course and got my certificate. It’s an incredibly worthwhile thing to do, and coupled with my ongoing course in Awareness of Mental Health Problems I really feel like I’m getting some good academic grounding to go with my good intentions.

This afternoon I headed out with my good buddy Mike for a little jaunt up to Cawston.

We did some of Marriott’s Way (a bit claggy and stony in places, but largely manageable), before getting back on the road to enjoy Horsford Woods, then heading up through Swannington and Brandiston.

A friend recommended a stop at the church in Cawston; although it was closed, I was able to peer in through the windows and see the angels on the ceiling that he mentioned.

Although I am an atheist, I’ve been amazed by the beautiful architecture of our churches as I ride round the county. It’s incredible to think that every single village in this county has one of these huge, ornate buildings that’s hundreds of years old.

You don’t have to be religious to appreciate their beauty; keep your eyes open and take a moment to appreciate the colossal amount of work that must have gone into building them, and the communities that have thrived around them over the centuries.

On the way back I messed up the navigation near Horsford, and we wound up doing some more off-roading. ‘Mill Lane’ sounded like a proper road to me, but it was basically a muddy path with plentiful puddles. We had fun, despite the bumps, splashes and foliage… or maybe because of them!

Tomorrow I might go to the coast… I feel more like putting miles on the clock than doing my little time trial. Then, on Friday, I’m going back to do the Thetford route that I didn’t manage a couple of weeks ago.

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