East Coast Cycle Ride
All the planning,
phone calls checking of bikes washing, cleaning, oiling etc is over Panniers
Packed ready to go.
9:15am Jane and me set off, the plan to travel slowly south on the Al while Colin, Karen and Graeme catch us up. I ring Karen on the mobile where are you - We're just passing the Little Chef, which one ?? That gets the day off to a good start something to laugh about.
Al south at Bramham, Colin overtakes and we are now in convoy to Felixstowe
and Harwich, the holiday has started. the weather is intermittent. 11am
Coffee stop Blyth services plenty of good natured banter and a laugh at
the poor waiter who dropped a full tray of pots "crash" broke the lot.
Cruise south onto the A14 Jane" shouts out" Harwich is 100 miles, yes its
a long way
2pm Lunch stop somewhere in Suffolk at a Little Chef its raining we try to convince ourselves it will stop. We decide to drive to Harwich get the accreditation then drive to Felixstowe to start the ride.
outside the first stamp halt The CABIN closes at 2 30pm on Saturdays a
forty mile trip for nothing. Plan B we get the local Garage at the ferry
terminal to stamp our cards to prove we are there. Jane will have to wait
for a bacon and egg Huff.. At Felixstowe 4pm, its raining, the start
is Languard point right next to the container docks, not the most inspiring
of starts with commotion, cameras and videos whirring we set about
checking the bikes looking to get started. I spot a Cockermouth Mountain
Rescue sticker on a car in the car park at Felixstowe, its a small world.
Starting in the rain again
but no we have gone the wrong way 200yds we hit a dead end I say lets wait
here till the girls go and then we wont lose face, but what the hell so
we go back and start again. cycle up past Haven holidays and try and find
the town we end up on the promenade first sign we see NO CYCLING, a good
We eventually get on the sea front at Felixstowe, which is a nice place away from the docks. We then turn off the front and hit our first bank, Cliff road. Graeme shouting I thought this was supposed to be a flat ride
"What's Gannin On".
We leave Felixstowe
and cycle through pleasant lanes towards Woodbridge. First impression even
though its raining, this is going to be a good week. We are also
impressed by the properties along the way. 6pm ish, we arrive at the Horse
and Groom Inn Melton our first night halt. No girls but after 5 mins
they arrive they had had a look around Woodbridge. The shops were only
open 10 mins but they managed to make purchases. Accommodation basic but
the guy allowed us to lock away our bikes and then we have time for a quick
and decide how to spend the evening. Chinese restaurant excellent meal, back to the Horse and groom for a night cap 1030pm, the Pub was shut so after a drink nearby its good night, a long day but good fun..
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