#5000colo Day 57: Be More Laugh

Distance travelled: 20.30 miles
Cumulative distance: 1070.55 miles
Distance remaining: 3929.45 miles
Percentage complete: 21.41
Villages visited: Belaugh, Sco Ruston, Market Street, Tunstead, Pennygate, Barton Turf, Neatishead, Irstead, Irstead Street, Cangate, Ashmanhaugh.

After yesterday’s long(ish) and arduous coastal ride, I thought I’d have a nice easy one today.

I planned a gentle 20-mile circuit from Belaugh, a hidden gem of a village secreted away down a side road between Hoveton and Coltishall. Its population at the last census was just 134, and it has no shops or pubs. Can anyone shed any light on how to pronounce it? My sat nav made it rhyme with ‘dealer’, but I came up with at least 20 different permutations as I was riding.

The ride itself was quick, serene and relatively uneventful. It was a slow start, as the road out of Belaugh was narrow, windy and muddy, and the biggest climb of the whole route was in the first mile. I soon found my rhythm, though, and the flatness and lack of wind meant it was easy enough to get the average speed up to an impressive 16mph.

It was quite pretty around Barton Turf, Neatishead and Irstead, but nothing else on today’s route could hold a candle to my start and finish point at Belaugh Staithe. This is definitely one of my favourite spots so far; I got back just as the light was fading, so had a little photoshoot by the water.

Tomorrow morning I’m off for a ride with my buddy (and web guru) Ian, and then Sunday I might take a day off to let my saddle sores recover a bit… they’re really painful at the moment.

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  1. I think your sat nav was right, Belaugh rhymes with “dealer”, known locally as “Belaugh Hills and Holes”

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