#5000colo Day 51: Wild is the Wind…

Distance travelled: 34.05 miles
Cumulative distance: 966.70 miles
Distance remaining: 4033.30 miles
Percentage complete: 19.33
Villages visited: Beeston St Andrew, Wroxham, Hoveton, Horning, Ludham, Potter Heigham, Repps with Bastwick, Clippesby, Billockby, Acle, South Walsham, Panxworth, Little Plumstead, Thorpe End.

After yesterday’s ridiculously fast ride, today was always going to be a slower affair. I knew it was going to be windy, so I thought I’d just take my time and enjoy the ride.

By the time I got to Potter Heigham I was still comfortably above 15mph. The wind was blowing from the south, which meant that for most of the ride I’d been dealing with crosswinds (save for a nice couple of miles up into Wroxham with a tailwind).

However, I knew that from Potter Heigham to Acle I was going to be riding right into the face of the wind, and my goodness was I right! The stretch out of Potter Heigham up through Bastwick to Clippesby was as arduous as anything I’ve experienced so far. A long, looping uphill climb coupled with 20mph headwinds meant it was a challenge to keep the bike above 10mph.

By the time I reached Acle and started heading west, I was absolutely knackered! I managed to keep it going, though, and arrived at Bicycle Links having covered 34 miles at 14.5mph. Considering the conditions, I was delighted with that result!

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