#5000colo Day 81: Penguins v. Anxiety

Distance travelled: 23.45 miles
Cumulative distance: 1398.17 miles
Distance remaining: 3601.83 miles
Percentage complete: 27.96
Villages visited: Bradenham, Necton, Holme Hale, Ashill, Saham Toney, Great Cressingham, South Pickenham, North Pickenham.

It’s been a rough old day today; anxiety levels through the roof, black dog hanging on with grim determination.

I managed to get out and ride, though; I rode around the villages in which I grew up (Necton and Bradenham) and that dredged up a load of old memories and emotions. Some good, some not so good, but as ever it was a positive step to get out the house.

I also saw a buzzard today! Not quite as exciting as last week’s red kite, but watching birds of prey on the wing is a massive bonus on any ride.

By the time I got home I was emotionally and physically drained, and close to tears. Katie made me put on *all* my penguin Christmas garments (I’m even wearing penguin Christmas boxers under the lounge pants), and this cheered me up no end.

Let’s all embrace the festive season and try extra hard to be excellent to each other, yeah? It’s been a crazy old year, and we could all use the positivity. Be good, Norfolk, and I’ll see you in December…

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