#5000colo Day 11: Doggos!

Distance travelled: 26.82 milesCumulative distance: 263.46 milesDistance remaining: 4736.64 milesPercentage complete: 5.27Villages visited: Mundesley, Gimingham, Southrepps, Thorpe Market, Antingham, Bradfield, Swafield, Trunch, Knapton, Edingthorpe, Witton, Walcott, Bacton, Paston. Separately to my evening ride, this afternoon I went up to the UEA to meet some wellbeing dogs. My friend Sarah runs Tom & Toto Pet Care, which provides UEA students with …

#5000colo Day 10: Dancing in the Dark

Distance travelled: 26.29 milesCumulative distance: 236.64 milesDistance remaining: 4763.36 milesPercentage complete: 4.73Villages visited: Great Yarmouth, Caister on Sea, Filby, Fleggburgh, Billockby, South Walsham, Panxworth, Woodbastwick, Salhouse. After a day off the bike yesterday, it was brilliant to be back in the saddle for a very different kind of ride. Three intrepid fundraisers have just ridden more than 400 miles in …

#5000colo Day 8: The Heart of the County

Distance travelled: 26.93 milesCumulative distance: 210.35 milesDistance remaining: 4789.65 milesPercentage complete: 4.21Villages visited: Beetley, Gressenhall, East Bilney, Brisley, Horningtoft, Whissonsett, Tittleshall, Litcham, Mileham, Bittering, Longham, Dereham, Toftwood, Westfield. Today was a bit of a family affair; I went to visit my aunt and uncle in Beetley, and then took a scenic route to my parents’ house in Westfield. I’m not …

#5000colo Day 7: Coastal Capers

Distance travelled: 28.88 milesCumulative distance: 183.42 milesDistance remaining: 4816.58 milesPercentage complete: 3.67Villages visited: Filby, Thrigby, Mautby, Runham, Stokesby, Billockby, Clippesby, Thurne, Ashby with Oby, Fleggburgh, Rollesby, Ormesby St Michael, Ormesby St Margaret, Scratby, California, West Caister, Caister on Sea. A real up-and-down sort of a ride, despite the lack of undulation in the terrain. It started really nicely, rolling through …

#5000colo Day 6: Blackberries and Barbara

Distance travelled: 20.96 milesCumulative distance: 154.54 milesDistance remaining: 4845.46 milesPercentage complete: 3.09Villages visited: Lakenham, Keswick, Swardeston, Mulbarton, Bracon Ash, Swainsthorpe, Stoke Holy Cross, Saxlingham Nethergate, Shotesham, Newton Flotman. Today I went on a very important mission. During lockdown, I had volunteered with the parish council to help elderly neighbours who were shielding. What started as a weekly shopping trip to …

#5000colo Day 5: The Nest

Distance travelled: 26.26 milesCumulative distance: 133.58 milesDistance remaining: 4866.42 milesPercentage complete: 2.67Villages visited: Hellesdon, Horsford, Felthorpe, Upgate, Swannington, Little Witchingham, Great Witchingham, Lenwade, Morton, Attlebridge, Thorpe Marriott, Horsham St Faith. I planned a local route today, although I need to be mindful that I’ll quickly run out of villages within easy riding distance if I keep riding from home! It …

#5000colo Day 4: Hot and Flat

Distance travelled: 23.29 milesCumulative distance: 107.32 milesDistance remaining: 4892.68 milesPercentage complete: 2.04Villages visited: Sea Palling, Waxham, Horsey, Somerton, Winterton-on-Sea, Hemsby, Martham, Repps with Bastwick, Potter Heigham, Catfield, Hickling. The weather today was absolutely gorgeous, so I decided to head out towards the coast. I thought it made sense to choose a relatively flat route, as it was still pretty warm. …

#5000colo Day 3: Ringland Bad, Wramplingham Good

Distance travelled: 23.43 milesCumulative distance: 84.03 milesDistance remaining: 4915.97 milesPercentage complete: 1.68Villages visited: Hellesdon, Drayton, Taverham, Ringland, Easton, Marlingford, Colton, Barford, Wramplingham, Great Melton, Hethersett, Wymondham. Today was pretty tough. Much slower than the last couple of days, although that may be to do with the extended elevation, the increased temperature, or just a bit of cumulative tiredness. The Ringland …

#5000colo Day 2: The 12th Man Social Ride

Distance travelled: 28.2 milesCumulative distance: 60.6 milesDistance remaining: 4939.4 milesPercentage complete: 1.21Villages visited: Trowse, Kirby Bedon, Bramerton, Claxton, Ashby St Mary, Thurton, Bergh Apton, Alpington, Poringland, Framingham Earl, Caistor St Edmund. This morning I went on a group ride with The 12th Man, one of the organisations for which I’m fundraising. Their mission is to …

#5000colo Day 1: We’re Off!

Distance travelled: 32.4 milesDistance remaining: 4967.6 milesPercentage complete: 0.65Villages visited: Sprowston, Great Plumstead, Witton, Little Plumstead, Salhouse, Woodbastwick, Ranworth, South Walsham, Upton, Panxworth, Hemblington, Blofield Heath, Rackheath. Well, that was nice. The weather was ideal, and it felt great to be back on the bike. I didn’t feel particularly exhausted at the end, which is …