#5000colo Day 24: Double Deflation Blues

Distance travelled: 11.73 milesCumulative distance: 483.69 milesDistance remaining: 4516.31 milesPercentage complete: 9.67Villages visited: Shipdham, Cranworth, Woodrising, Hingham, Coldham Green, Deopham. It started out well enough. Wet and miserable, sure, but I was trying out a new saddle and a new navigation app (Komoot), both of which seemed to be fine. Komoot in particular was awesome; you actually get real-time satnav-style …

#5000colo Day 23: Just the Usual

Distance travelled: 19.78 milesCumulative distance: 471.96 milesDistance remaining: 4528.04 milesPercentage complete: 9.44Villages visited: Trowse, Kirby Bedon, Bramerton, Rockland St Mary, Claxton, Ashby St Mary, Thurton, Bergh Apton, Alpington, Framingham Earl, Upper Stoke, Caistor St Edmund. I’m getting to know this route now; it’s the third time I’ve done it. It’s always great riding with The 12th Man. They’re so welcoming …

#5000colo Day 21: Coffee, More Cake, Pain

Distance travelled: 32.42 milesCumulative distance: 452.18 milesDistance remaining: 4547.82 milesPercentage complete: 9.04Villages visited: Lamas, Skeyton, Westwick, Swanton Abbott, Worstead, Sloley, Scottow, Badersfield, Horstead. I was supposed to be riding with Alex, the fundraising manager from Mind, but unfortunately she’s had to self-isolate so wasn’t able to make it today. I decided to stick to the same route, though, buoyed by …

#5000colo Day 20: The Croxton Cake

Distance travelled: 34.10 milesCumulative distance: 419.76 milesDistance remaining: 4580.24 milesPercentage complete: 8.40Villages visited: Croxton, East Wretham, Great Hockham, Breckles, Thompson, Merton, Watton, Threxton, Little Cressingham, Ickburgh, Mundford, Lynford. After yesterday’s miserable aborted ride, today was certainly an opportunity to stack up some miles. First stop was Bicycle Links, where Rob very gave my bike a once-over and got me ready …

#5000colo Day 19: Punctured Progress

Distance travelled: 18.26 milesCumulative distance: 385.66 milesDistance remaining: 4614.34 milesPercentage complete: 7.71Villages visited: Guist, Foulsham, Guestwick, Wood Dalling, Heydon, Saxthorpe, Corpusty. It had to happen at some point, I guess. With all the detritus on the roads after the weekend’s storm, I’m surprised I didn’t get a puncture sooner, to be honest. However, the circumstances couldn’t have been much worse. …

#5000colo Day 18: Zimbo and Tetts

Distance travelled: 25.38 milesCumulative distance: 367.40 milesDistance remaining: 4632.60 milesPercentage complete: 7.35Villages visited: Cringleford, Little Melton, Bawburgh, Costessey. Today it was my pleasure and privilege to meet two NCFC heroes of mine: Alex Tettey and Christoph Zimmermann. Both have displayed great devotion to my beloved yellow and green shirt, leading by example both on and off the pitch. They presented …

#5000colo Day 16: The Wetter The Better

Distance travelled: 23.41 milesCumulative distance: 342.02 milesDistance remaining: 4657.98 milesPercentage complete: 6.84Villages visited: Holt, Hempstead, Baconsthorpe, Plumstead, Matlaske, Calthorpe, Ingworth, Aylsham, Buxton. After yesterday was rained off, I was extremely keen to get back on the bike today despite the unpleasant conditions. I decided to plan a ride that would blow me home, so I headed north to Holt. I …

#5000colo Day 14: Easy Does It

Distance travelled: 25.11 milesCumulative distance: 318.61 milesDistance remaining: 4681.39 milesPercentage complete: 6.37Villages visited: Spixworth, Crostwick, Frettenham, Stratton Strawless, Hainford, Haveringland, Hevingham. Cycling 25 miles never felt so easy. I cruised around today’s route without any fuss, although the omnipresent saddle sore accompanied me once again. It was delightful to spend so much time cycling through woodland today; that area around …

#5000colo Day 13: Witness the Wetness

Distance travelled: 30.04 milesCumulative distance: 293.50 milesDistance remaining: 4706.50 milesPercentage complete: 4.87Villages visited: Postwick, Brundall, Blofield, Lingwood, Strumpshaw, Buckenham, Hassingham, Moulton St Mary, Halvergate, Wickhampton, Freethorpe, Southwood, Cantley, Limpenhoe, Reedham. So instead of doing this route in glorious sunshine yesterday, I ended up doing it in a biblical deluge today. It was fine until I got to Thorpe End, and …

#5000colo Day 12: Bumps in the Road

The last warm day of the year. It should have been a perfect riding day; instead, I’ve been laid indoors with crippling anxiety. It may well just be the new medication taking its time to take effect, but my brain has been unworkable. Currently awaiting a callback from the doctor’s surgery, as I’m really struggling …