#5000colo Day 35: Hit The North!

Distance travelled: 23.38 milesCumulative distance: 681.55 milesDistance remaining: 4318.45 milesPercentage complete: 13.63Villages visited: Swanton Novers, Hindolveston, Melton Constable, Briningham, Briston, Edgefield, Hunworth, Stody, Sharrington, Gunthorpe. Today, let us give praise to the support vehicle. Our trusty 2008 Citroen Xsara Picasso, Ethel Red the Unleady, is an absolute legend. The rear seats can be folded forward, then flipped up, and even …

#5000colo Day 34: A Need For Cheese

Distance travelled: 23.65 milesCumulative distance: 658.17 milesDistance remaining: 4341.83 milesPercentage complete: 13.16Villages visited: Spixworth, Frettenham, Buxton, Aylsham, Marsham, Brampton, Oxnead. Popped up to Aylsham to meet @charlies_norfolk_food_heroes on the opening day of his new venture, Hodson & Co Cheese Room with Delicatessen. We didn’t actually get much time to chat, as business was booming – but Charlie made me a cuppa and …

#5000colo Day 33: A Need For Speed

Distance travelled: 14.36 milesCumulative distance: 634.52 milesDistance remaining: 4365.48 milesPercentage complete: 12.69Villages visited: Little Plumstead, Salhouse, Spixworth. TIME TRIAL! Decided to take Nick from The 12th Man’s advice and plot myself a shortish route to do as quickly as possible, in order to try and improve my cardio fitness a bit. I was over 16mph, which is a good start! …

#5000colo Day 32: We Need To Talk.

I’m not gonna lie: I’m really struggling. The saddle sores are the worst they’ve ever been; my new medication is causing me all sorts of anxiety; the logistics of planning the ride are starting to stress me out; the social media commitments are becoming more arduous; my lack of reliable ‘day job’ is making it …

#5000colo Day 31: Deflategate Part III

Distance travelled: 23.80 milesCumulative distance: 620.16 milesDistance remaining: 4379.84 milesPercentage complete: 12.40Villages visited: Erpingham, Calthorpe, Aldborough, Thurgarton, Bessingham, Gresham, East Beckham, West Beckham, Bodham, Aylmerton, Sustead, Metton, Roughton, Hanworth. So I’m doing this one post hoc. This was yesterday’s (Sunday’s) ride, but I’m writing it on Monday. I went for a ride with Euan, who’s one of my closest and …

#5000colo Day 30: The 12th and 13th Men

Distance travelled: 30.98 milesCumulative distance: 596.36 milesDistance remaining: 4403.64 milesPercentage complete: 11.97Villages visited: Spixworth, Frettenham, Buxton, Brampton, Tuttington, Aylsham, Eastgate, Hevingham, Stratton Strawless. Today I went for a ride with Nick, the co-founder of The 12th Man (and fellow NCFC fan!), to mark World Mental Health Day. We rode without a fixed route, meandering our way up to Aylsham and …

#5000colo Day 28: My Hero

Distance travelled: 21.91 milesCumulative distance: 565.38 milesDistance remaining: 4434.62 milesPercentage complete: 11.31Villages visited: Little Plumstead, Salhouse, Wroxham, Hoveton, Coltishall, Horstead, Crostwick. This is Jamie. He’s a good mate of mine, and one of my mental health heroes. Jamie has experienced various mental health issues, homelessness, drug addiction and bereavement, and now uses his experiences to help others. He originally trained …

#5000colo Day 27: By Royal Appointment

Distance travelled: 23.21 milesCumulative distance: 543.47 milesDistance remaining: 4456.53 milesPercentage complete: 10.87Villages visited: Keswick, Swardeston, East Carleton, Ketteringham, Hethersett, Colney. It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet Lord and Lady Dannatt today. They both have a passionate interest in mental health and are patrons of mental health charities. Lord Dannatt was previously the head of the British Army, …

#5000colo Day 26: Everything All The Time

Distance travelled: 13.74 milesCumulative distance: 520.26 milesDistance remaining: 4479.74 milesPercentage complete: 10.41Villages visited: Panxworth, South Walsham, Ranworth, Woodbastwick. Where to start? This was probably the craziest, most hectic day of the ride so far. It started off with me trying to blag some public transport assistance, but it turns out you’re not allowed to take your bike on First buses. …

#5000colo Day 25: Five Hundred Up!

Distance travelled: 22.83 milesCumulative distance: 506.52 milesDistance remaining: 4493.48 milesPercentage complete: 10.13Villages visited: Tasburgh, Flordon, Hapton, Forncett St Mary, Forncett St Peter, Aslacton, Great Moulton, Wacton, Long Stratton, Hardwick, Sheldon, Morningthorpe, Fritton, Hempnall. 500 MILES COMPLETED, HONK HONK! So that’s the first big milestone passed; I’ve done the first 10% of my 5,000 miles, although I’ve only raised 2% of …