Monthly Archives: April 2013


I’ve been having a few days off cycling to let my knee recover a bit, before seeing the Physio tomorrow to see what the verdict is. Reckon it should be fine, touch wood. This hasn’t however curtailed planning and shopping activities.

I had a few practice runs in putting up my new tent – Hilleburg Akto. Really easy to erect, with one pole, and should keep me dry given it’s bound to be wet and stormy at certain times during the tour. Well I hope it’ll be stormy sometimes anyway, it’s great being in a tent with the rain pouring down, as long as you don’t get flooded. Actually who am I kidding, this is Britain we’re talking about, they’ll be a hose pipe ban announced next week and then it’ll rain solidly for three months. Think I’ll take my passport just in case I need to change route to the South of France.


There are a lot better pictures of this tent on the web, and I know I haven’t done the guy ropes properly. It’s quite spacious though, with room in the porch to put my panniers, and very light at 1.7 kg.

Will soon put up the plan for first week or two of the tour, just got to finalise a few more details. Although this really will be subject to change depending on how distracted I get en-route (pubs, crazy golf, festivals, castles etc).

Beside the seaside

Whilst traditionally it is appropriate to sing ‘oh I do like to be beside the seaside‘, when going to the seaside, it’s a little hard to build up enthusiasm when it’s only 2 or 3 degrees, with a brisk North Easterly making it feel like it -2. Still, I loaded up the bike with pretty much everything I’m going to take on my tour, bar my tent, and set out to Sea Palling on the Norfolk coast at about 8.30am.

Had to wheel my bike through a manual level crossing at one point, haven’t encountered one of these for a few years:


Nice ride out through the countryside with lots of other cyclists out on the road (greetings duly exchanged); must be the bank holiday, and despite the cold a hint of spring in the air, that motivated everyone to get out.

Record of route here.

Made it to Sea Palling in good time and enjoyed a second breakfast hobbit style at the local cafe. Great bacon roll and hot chocolate consumed with vigour.

Bacon Roll stop

The sun finally came out properly during this stop, but unfortunately didn’t do much to increase the temperature. I did however change my lenses from ‘happy’ yellow, to shades, a step in the right direction.

Few more pictures from Sea Palling…

People out for Easter Walk:                                   Slightly doctored photo but looks cool – high tide:
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Ramp down to beach through dunes:

Travelling lobster close to ‘natural’ environment with Easter Egg:
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The route back from Sea Palling took me along the coast before heading inland back towards Norwich, via several picturesque villages. Somehow my GPS decided it would be advantageous to send me along a dirt track at one point. The below definitely isn’t a road but I managed to navigate through the ruts and horse manure successfully, with no bike damage.

63567_10151574488528923_278265644_nWent through Horning and had a brief stop down by the broad.


There were several old looking Wherry type boats, or reproductions thereof out sailing today, but didn’t manage to get a photo of them.

All in all good day out cycling, covering about 56 miles. Slightly worried about knee injury – it seems to be getting better but is still a bit achy and stiff, so might see a physio next week. Raising my saddle has definitely helped though.