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November 20th, 2011
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The Norfolk Nips 1 and home again

Last Sunday, I caught an early train out to Norwich in order to ride the first of three monthly 100km rides. I managed to get somewhat lost in Norwich, but I made it to the church hall in Hellesdon with time to spare. The weather was perfect and the ride took us pleasantly out to the coast and back, visiting a cafe with nice cake along the way. After refuelluing with soup back at Hellesdon, I set off for an additional 100km ride home.

Cycling from Norwich to Cambridge is slightly annoying because the obvious route is along the A11, which is not the nicest road, espectially between Thetford and Mildenhall where there aren't any parallel roads. To avoid this, I diverted to the north along the B1108, A1065 and B1102. When I'd planned the route, I failed to notice that Google suggested going via Stanford, a Norfolk village that's well known on Geograph for being at the centre of an area that's been closed to the public since 1942.

Still, I got myself some fishcakes and chips (a new standard Audax meal) in Brandon and got home just after 9pm. Next month the second of the Nips.

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Date:November 21st, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
You too? If I'd known, I'd have suggested you join Lars and myself for the ride back from Norwich. We went Wymondham — Great Hockham — Wretham — Santon Downham — Brandon, which involved an atmospheric ride through Thetford Forest skirting the southern edge of the forbidden zone. Some photos of the Nips on the CTC Cambridge blog.
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Date:November 21st, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's roughly the route I'm planning to use to get back from Nips 2. For Nips 3 I'm pondering something sillier – riding to Norwich. I suspect you'd have found me a bit slow on the way back to Cambridge – I'm usually in the last group to finish on a 200K.
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Date:November 22nd, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
We were pretty slow too—I got a puncture, and Lars was on the last leg of an ECE 300 and was getting sleepy—and didn't get back until a bit after 21:00.
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