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2013 cycling/cake diary – February

February 2013.

This is a summary of my February cycling:

Cycling Stats Feb 2013

And here is the detail of the cakes I enjoyed, using up my 27,934 extra calories!

Friday 1 February 2013
Cycling: 26.53 miles in 2 hours 16 minutes.
Average speed: 11.6mph
Maximum speed 33mph
Average heart rate 136, maximum heart rate 180.
Calories burned: 1,039
Cake: shortbread funny face!

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Saturday 2 February 2013
Cycling: 24.56 miles in 2 hours 6 minutes.
Average speed: 11.7mph
Maximum speed 28mph
Average heart rate 136, maximum heart rate 179.
Calories burned: 979
Cake: Smartie cookie

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Sunday 3 February 2013
Cycling: 18.8 miles in 1 hour 33 minutes.
Average speed: 12mph
Maximum speed 26.4mph
Average heart rate 138, maximum heart rate 173.
Calories burned: 731
Cake: Mum’s home-made lemon drizzle cake

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Monday 4 February 2013
Cycling: 26.39 miles in 2 hours 10 minutes.
Average speed: 12.1mph
Maximum speed 26.1mph
Average heart rate 138, maximum heart rate 186.
Calories burned: 1,053
Cake: Coffee & Walnut
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Tuesday 5 February 2013
Cycling: 25.56 miles in 2 hours 11 minutes.
Average speed: 11.6mph
Maximum speed 25.8mph
Average heart rate 135, maximum heart rate 170.
Calories burned: 992
Cake: Celebration Madeira cake

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Wednesday 6 February 2013
Cycling: 24.8 miles in 2 hours 11 minutes.
Average speed: 11.3mph
Maximum speed 32.5mph
Average heart rate 139, maximum heart rate 179.
Calories burned: 1,058
Cake: iced doughnut

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Thursday 7 February 2013
Cycling: 24.12 miles in 2 hours 4 minutes.
Average speed: 11.6mph
Maximum speed 21.7mph
Average heart rate 135, maximum heart rate 166.
Calories burned: 935
Cake: custard doughnut

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And white Choc cookies!

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Friday 8 February 2013
Cycling: 24.79 miles in 2 hours 5 minutes.
Average speed: 11.9mph
Maximum speed 27.2mph
Average heart rate 141, maximum heart rate 171.
Calories burned: 1,046
Cake:Custard doughnut

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Saturday 9 February 2013
Cycling: 26.49 miles in 2 hours 11 minutes.
Average speed: 12.1mph
Maximum speed 23.3mph
Average heart rate 145, maximum heart rate 172.
Calories burned: 1,064
Cake: custard doughnut
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Sunday 10 February 2013
Cycling: 25.38 miles in 2 hours 11 minutes.
Average speed: 11.6mph
Maximum speed 29.3mph
Average heart rate 150, maximum heart rate 183.
Calories burned: 1,211
Cake: Butterscotch sponge.
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Also (does this count?) some sherry trifle at lunch!
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Monday 11 February 2013
Cycling: 21.65 miles in 1 hour 54 minutes.
Average speed: 11.4mph
Maximum speed 28.7mph
Average heart rate 136, maximum heart rate 164.
Calories burned: 871
Cake: Didn’t have any cake today, didn’t feel the need!!!!

Tuesday 12 February 2013
Cycling: 23.92 miles in 2 hours 4 minutes.
Average speed: 11.5mph
Maximum speed 20mph
Average heart rate 134, maximum heart rate 170.
Calories burned: 970
The first ten miles included the dog in the basket on the back which makes for much more effort expenditure!
Cake: Butterscotch sponge cake

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Wednesday 13 February 2013
Cycling: 25.10 miles in 2 hours 10 minutes.
Average speed: 11.6mph
Maximum speed 25.2mph
Average heart rate 134, maximum heart rate 178.
Calories burned: 985
Cake: Butterscotch sponge

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Thursday 14 February 2013
Cycling: 28.24 miles in 2 hours 23 minutes.
Average speed: 11.8mph
Maximum speed 33.5mph
Average heart rate 140, maximum heart rate 178.
Calories burned: 1,154
Cake: butterscotch sponge

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Friday 15 February 2013
Cycling: 26.36 miles in 2 hours 9 minutes.
Average speed: 12.2mph
Maximum speed 26.7mph
Average heart rate 149, maximum heart rate 189.
Calories burned: 1,199
Cake: Smarties cookie
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Saturday 16 February 2013
Cycling: 24.07 miles in 1 hours 53 minutes.
Average speed: 12.7mph
Maximum speed 26mph
Average heart rate 145, maximum heart rate 179.
Calories burned: 989
Cake:Coffee & walnut sponge.

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Sunday 17 February 2013
Cycling: 24.24 miles in 2 hours 2 minutes.
Average speed: 11.9mph
Maximum speed 30mph
Average heart rate 134, maximum heart rate 176.
Calories burned: 931
Cake: none, didn’t fancy any!!!!!

Monday 18 February 2013
Cycling: 24.14 miles in 1 hour 59 minutes.
Average speed: 12.1mph
Maximum speed 27.5mph
Average heart rate 143, maximum heart rate 180.
Calories burned: 998
Cake: triple chocolate cookie!

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Tuesday 19 February 2013
Cycling: 24.12 miles in 2 hours 5 minutes.
Average speed: 11.6mph
Maximum speed 27.2mph
Average heart rate 136, maximum heart rate 178.
Calories burned: 971
Cake: Half a slice of coffee & walnut cake and then later a slice of victoria sponge.

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Wednesday 20 February 2013
Cycling: 25.36 miles in 2 hours 11 minutes.
Average speed: 11.6mph
Maximum speed 33.1mph
Average heart rate 137, maximum heart rate 177.
Calories burned: 1,044
Cake: iced ring doughnut (forgot to photograph)

Thursday 21 February 2013
Cycling: 24.77 miles in 2 hours 7 minutes.
Average speed: 11.6mph
Maximum speed 30.5mph
Average heart rate 139, maximum heart rate 178.
Calories burned: 1,026
Cake: Celebration Madeira cake

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Friday 22 February 2013
Cycling: 24.22 miles in 2 hours 4 minutes.
Average speed: 11.6mph
Maximum speed 23mph
Average heart rate 138, maximum heart rate 173.
Calories burned: 1,027
Cake: Custard doughnut
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Saturday 23 February 2013
Cycling: 22.71 miles in 2 hours 1 minute.
Average speed: 11.3mph
Maximum speed 20.6mph
Average heart rate 136, maximum heart rate 168.
Calories burned: 952
Cake: Custard doughnut

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Sunday 24 February 2013
Cycling: 23.95 miles in 2 hours 9 minutes.
Average speed: 11.1mph
Maximum speed 28.3mph
Average heart rate 144, maximum heart rate 175.
Calories burned: 1,105
Cake: Custard doughnut

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Monday 25 February 2013
Cycling: 24.44 miles in 2 hours 3 minutes.
Average speed: 11.9mph
Maximum speed 23.6mph
Average heart rate 153, maximum heart rate 181.
Calories burned: 1,140
Cake: Custard doughnut
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Tuesday 26 February 2013
Cycling: 24.65 miles in 2 hours 16 minutes.
Average speed: 10.9mph
Maximum speed 26.4mph
Average heart rate 126, maximum heart rate 158.
Calories burned: 934
Cake: Coffee & Walnut Sponge

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Wednesday 27 February 2013
Cycling: 13.25 miles in 1 hour 7 minutes (Feeling seedy with a cold).
Average speed: 11.8mph
Maximum speed 21.8mph
Average heart rate 138, maximum heart rate 167.
Calories burned: 522
Cake: Coffee & Walnut sponge
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Thursday 28 February 2013
Cycling: 22.02 miles in 1 hour 53 minutes.
Average speed: 11.6mph
Maximum speed 27.9mph
Average heart rate 145, maximum heart rate 176.
Calories burned: 1,007
Cake: Shortbread face

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That’s how I feel about all those cakes!

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2013 cycling/cake diary – January

I thought I’d keep a record of my cake consumption and work out whether my cycling for that day offsets the cake calories ingested. (This is of course extremely unscientific as it doesn’t take into account anything else I have eaten that day).

Here is a summary from my Ascent software of my cycling for the month of January 2013 and, most importantly, calories burned through that cycling (I wear a heart rate monitor which takes a pretty accurate reading of my calorie burn). Note the total calories burned for the month – 35,000. You can decide, looking at the pictures below, whether I have adequately replaced them.

Helen's January Cycling Stats

And now the detail!

Tuesday 1 January 2013
Cycling: 21.58 miles in 1 hour 47 minutes.
Average speed: 12.1mph
Maximum speed 33.3mph.
Average heart rate 149, maximum heart rate 181.
Calories burned: 960
Cake: Coffee & Walnut sponge.

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Wednesday 2 January 2013
Cycling: 21.86 miles in 1 hour 52 minutes.
Average speed: 11.6mph
Maximum speed 30.2mph.
Average heart rate 137, maximum heart rate 168.
Calories burned: 874
Cake: Coffee & Walnut sponge.

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Thursday 3 January 2013
Cycling: 12.08 miles in 59 minutes.
Average speed: 12.1mph
Maximum speed 30.3mph.
Average heart rate 127, maximum heart rate 160.
Calories burned: 401
Cake: coffee & Walnut sponge (last slice!)

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And a second trip out

Cycling: 14.55 miles in 1 hour 10 minutes.
Average speed: 12.3mph
Maximum speed 31.8mph.
Average heart rate 145, maximum heart rate 192.
Calories burned: 640
Cake: lemon iced sponge

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Friday 4 January 2013
Cycling: 22.00 miles in 1 hour 56 minutes.
Average speed: 11.3mph
Maximum speed 24.6mph.
Average heart rate 139, maximum heart rate 176.
Calories burned: 947
Cake: Victoria sponge.

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Saturday 5 January 2013
Cycling: 31.87 miles in 2 hours 42 minutes.
Average speed: 11.8mph
Maximum speed 32.0mph.
Average heart rate 144, maximum heart rate 191.
Calories burned: 1,421
Cake: small chocolate brownie.

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Sunday 6 January 2013
Cycling: 24.66 miles in 2 hours 3 minutes.
Average speed: 12.0mph
Maximum speed 28.5mph.
Average heart rate 136, maximum heart rate 176.
Calories burned: 971
Cake: Victoria sponge (very thin slice!)

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Monday 7 January 2013
Cycling: 11.65 miles in 59 minutes.
Average speed: 11.7mph
Maximum speed 29.6 mph.
Average heart rate 130, maximum heart rate 166.
Calories burned: 455
Cake: Milk Choc Chip Giant Cookie (Co-operative) – 220 calories

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Cycling: 13.08 miles in 1 hour 6 minutes.
Average speed: 11.9mph
Maximum speed 30.9 mph.
Average heart rate 137, maximum heart rate 181.
Calories burned: 527
Cake: a second milk choc giant cookie – 220 calories

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Tuesday 8 January 2013
Cycling: 23.97 miles in 2 hours 2 minutes.
Average speed: 11.8mph
Maximum speed 25.6 mph.
Average heart rate 129, maximum heart rate 164.
Calories burned: 849
Cake: Co-operative Truly Irresistible Pecan Tart, warmed. Yum! 420 calories.
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Wednesday 9 January 2013
Cycling: 25.17 miles in 2 hours 10 minutes.
Average speed: 11.5mph
Maximum speed 28.6 mph.
Average heart rate 129, maximum heart rate 174.
Calories burned: 932
Cake: custard doughnut

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Thursday 10 January 2013
Cycling: 24.39 miles in 1 hour 59 minutes.
Average speed: 12.2mph
Maximum speed 26.3 mph.
Average heart rate 145, maximum heart rate 175.
Calories burned: 1,015
Cake: custard doughnut, from yesterday so heated up to resurrect it a bit. This one was rather a mutant specimen!

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Friday 11 January 2013
Cycling: 24.31 miles in 2 hours 10 minutes.
Average speed: 11.2mph
Maximum speed 33.8 mph.
Average heart rate 135, maximum heart rate 173.
Calories burned: 980
Cake: Victoria sandwich

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Saturday 12 January 2013
Cycling: 26.24 miles in 2 hours 9 minutes.
Average speed: 12.1mph
Maximum speed 31.4 mph.
Average heart rate 147, maximum heart rate 183.
Calories burned: 1,128
Cake: no cake today, just brownie biscuits

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Sunday 13 January 2013
Cycling: 25.47 miles in 2 hours 10 minutes.
Average speed 11.7mph
Maximum speed 28.2mph.
Average heart rate 146, maximum heart rate 182.
Calories burned: 1,150
Cake: Slice of Tarte au Chocolat

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Monday 14 January 2013
Cycling: 30.39 miles in 2 hours 39 minutes.
Average speed 11.5mph
Maximum speed 31.6mph.
Average heart rate 148, maximum heart rate 198.
Calories burned: 1,413
Cake: Coffee & walnut sponge

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Also a Danish pastry

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Tuesday 15 January 2013
Cycling: 28.57 miles in 2 hours 48 minutes.
Average speed 10.2mph
Maximum speed 31.5mph.
Average heart rate 133, maximum heart rate 176.
Calories burned: 1,356
Cake: Another slice of the lovely Tarte au Chocolat (here is a picture of it in its box before I started it!)

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Wednesday 16 January 2013
Cycling: 24.16 miles in 2 hours 22 minutes.
Average speed 10.2mph (very icy and snowy outside!)
Maximum speed 25.3mph.
Average heart rate 132, maximum heart rate 179.
Calories burned: 1,127
Cake: Madeira Celebration Cake (one slice; I’ve put another eight slices in the freezer!)

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Thursday 17 January 2013
Cycling: 24.56 miles in 2 hours 6 minutes.
Average speed 11.7mph.
Maximum speed 29.5mph.
Average heart rate 141, maximum heart rate 177.
Calories burned: 1,048
Cake: Co-op custard doughnut

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Friday 18 January 2013
Cycling: 26.77 miles in 2 hours 32 minutes.
Average speed 11 mph
Maximum speed 28.8 mph.
Average heart rate 144, maximum heart rate 181.
Calories burned: 1,317
Cake: Co-op custard doughnut.

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Saturday 19 January 2013
Cycling: 25.56 miles in 2 hours 7 minutes.
Average speed 12mph.
Maximum speed 27.8mph.
Average heart rate 151, maximum heart rate 179.
Calories burned: 1,169
Cake: Co-op custard doughnut. 3 days old so a bit dry but 15 seconds in the microwave gave it a new lease of life. And then I ate it!

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And after my afternoon walk, a slice of Celebration Madeira cake!

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And another cake at the Village Hall quiz!

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Sunday 20 January 2013
Cycling: 20.85 miles in 1 hour 52 minutes.
Average speed 11.1mph
Maximum speed 28.4mph.
Average heart rate 137, maximum heart rate 171.
Calories burned: 895
Cake: cupcake.

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Monday 21 January 2013
Cycling: 24.9 miles in 2 hours 3 minutes.
Average speed 12.1mph.
Maximum speed 28.8mph.
Average heart rate 149, maximum heart rate 185.
Calories burned: 1,132
Cake: Celebration madeira cake.

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Tuesday 22 January 2013
Cycling: 24.73 miles in 2 hours 6 minutes.
Average speed 11.7mph.
Maximum speed 21.9mph.
Average heart rate 145, maximum heart rate 186.
Calories burned: 1,112
Cake: a slice of this Coffee & Walnut cake.

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Wednesday 23 January 2013
Cycling: 25.57 miles in 2 hours 7 minutes.
Average speed 12mph.
Maximum speed 27.8mph.
Average heart rate 157, maximum heart rate 192.
Calories burned: 1,252
Cake:Coffee & walnut sponge (small slice)

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Followed by some Mississippi Mud Pie
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Thursday 24 January 2013
Cycling: 24.57 miles in 2 hours 8 minutes.
Average speed 11.5mph.
Maximum speed 26.4mph.
Average heart rate 148, maximum heart rate 182.
Calories burned: 1,142
Cake: coffee & walnut sponge (small slice) and mississippi mud pie!

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Friday 25 January 2013
Cycling: 22.14 miles in 1 hour 56 minutes.
Average speed 11.4mph.
Maximum speed 21.1mph.
Average heart rate 147, maximum heart rate 179.
Calories burned: 1,061
Cake: Plum and Apple Strudel.

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Saturday 26 January 2013
Cycling: 24.34 miles in 2 hours 6 minutes.
Average speed 11.4mph.
Maximum speed 30.2mph.
Average heart rate 142, maximum heart rate 173.
Calories burned: 1,072
Cake: custard doughnut.

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Sunday 27 January 2013
Cycling: 25.19 miles in 2 hours 7 minutes.
Average speed 11.8mph.
Maximum speed 28mph.
Average heart rate 143, maximum heart rate 168.
Calories burned: 1,103
Cake: two custard doughnuts!
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Monday 28 January 2013
Cycling: 23.42 miles in 2 hours 9 minutes.
Average speed 10.5mph.
Maximum speed 23mph.
Average heart rate 127, maximum heart rate 156.
Calories burned: 920
Cake: custard doughnut.

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Tuesday 29 January 2013
Cycling: 24.76 miles in 2 hours 3 minutes.
Average speed 12mph.
Maximum speed 26.2mph.
Average heart rate 128, maximum heart rate 162.
Calories burned: 853
Cake: Custard doughnut.

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Also a Co-op Truly Irresistible Pecan Tart with ice cream!

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Wednesday 30 January 2013
Cycling: 25.24 miles in 2 hours 17 minutes (including 4 miles of a slow group ride).
Average speed 11mph.
Maximum speed 28.6mph.
Average heart rate 126, maximum heart rate 170.
Calories burned: 1000 exactly!
Cake: Celebration Madeira Cake

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Thursday 31 January 2013
Cycling: 62.17 miles in 5 hours 38 minutes.
Average speed 11mph.
Maximum speed 32.9mph.
Average heart rate 148, maximum heart rate 187.
Calories burned: 3,285
Cake: Chocolate Brownie

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And, in the evening, chocolate fudge cake!
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I’ve got to say, all of the above were very yum! There seem to be a lot of custard doughnuts – this is because the Co-op is currently doing an offer of 10 for £1.20 so they are featuring more than usual.

What goodies will February bring?

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Birthday ride around Suffolk!

Today is my birthday and I decided to do a solo ride around my little corner of Suffolk.

My occasional cycling chum Mark had done something dodgy to his knees a few days ago so decided it was safest not to attempt a ride with me and do further damage. So a solo ride it was, going wherever I wished at whatever pace I wanted and stopping whenever I felt like it.

Unfortunately when you’re on your own it can be quite difficult to stop faffing and actually get out on the bike. I had planned to leave by 10am but it was 11:20 by the time I had opened my cards and presents, eaten some of the Toblerone for breakfast, walked the dog, faffed about a bit, fiddled with my trike’s seat and more.

The dog’s been in the dog basket on the back of the trike over the last few days and it has now developed a mystery creaking sound which I think might be something to do with the rack or the seat but I can’t seem to cure it. Before I set off I took the seat off, tightened everything up, put the seat back on, checked the rear axle was properly done up (as that can cause creaking sounds) and found that it was, so hoped I had solved the creak.

I hadn’t.

Oh well, I would just have to put up with it. It is only intermittent anyway, generally when I’m putting a bit more power through the pedals.

The forecast for today was rain until 10am followed by sunshine. However the skies above me hadn’t taken note of this and it was quite overcast. Never mind, I trust the BBC, I decided to set off with vest top, shorts and sandals.

I had plotted a route from home to Hadleigh, Lavenham, Long Melford, Bures and home. This is a 53 mile loop which felt like quite a long way as I hadn’t left home as early as I’d hoped. There were lots of opportunities to vary the route as I was going along, however, so I set off looking forward to a Tea Room Cake Crawl for my birthday.

The first seven miles is part of my standard 20 mile route so it seemed to go very quickly. However the clouds were getting thicker and the rain started to come down as I headed through Dedham. In fact the rain got heavy enough that I sheltered under the A12 bridge at Stratford St Mary – dangerously close to a very good tea room, but I managed to keep myself out. I really didn’t need a Hall Farm Shop enormous cake slice after just seven miles.

After a few minutes the rain had died down enough that I continued on, up the hill into Higham and then taking the laney route from Higham towards Hadleigh which goes through Shelley. There are some beautiful views on this route, although as you can see the clouds still looked rather ominous.

I was reminded of what a wonderful green and pleasant land we live in.

The poppies beside the road were beautiful.

I enjoyed the speedy zoom down the hill towards Hadleigh. I usually take this road going in the other direction where it’s a horrible grind up so this was a nice change.

At the bottom I stopped to look at the scary clouds. One of the military helicopters was heading my way too (you can just see it in the photo).

I rode through Hadleigh, passing by a few more tea rooms (I make that seven in total I had passed by this point without succumbing) as I decided to stop at Hollow Trees which is at Semer, just past Hadleigh (and up a nasty hill). As that would be around one o’clock it would be a good time for lunch.

I crossed the busy A1071 and then headed up Semer Hill which is fortunately not quite so appalling travelling northwards.

At Hollow Trees I had a sandwich lunch and a cup of tea. As I had arrived it had started raining again and I hoped that an hour or so’s break would give the clouds time to go away. I’d done 15 miles by this point and had decided to definitely not go all the way to Long Melford as it would take me too long.

After Hollow Trees I headed up towards Lavenham but a bit of route planning suggested I should turn off before I get there and head straight down to Boxford. This would mean I didn’t have to go all the way to Sudbury and that rather hilly road down through Henny Street which, although beautiful, is hard work on recumbent legs!

So I turned southwards at Milden, relieved to get out of the westerly headwind, and pootled my way down some lovely country lanes to Groton and then Boxford.

I crossed the A1071 again (this is the Hadleigh to Sudbury road and rather busy) and then looked forward to the nice little road through to Leavenheath and Nayland. There were some Road Closed signs as I took the road but this doesn’t usually matter on a bike.

Unfortunately after a couple of miles it became clear that this time it did!

That is most definitely a closed road! I think it was for the pylon works that they’ve been doing for ages around here but was rather annoying as it meant that (a) I had to go back up a steep hill again, and (b) had to do a fairly long diversion. Silver lining to this cloud was that I would now just happen to pass by the Artisan Tea Room at Assington which does nice cakes.

So I wound my way back up the hill, then turned left to Hagmore Green on a road I have travelled many times but is rather mucky with lots of flints. I wasn’t too keen on getting a puncture but managed to avoid it.

I crossed the A134 which is theoretically a relatively direct route home but is a nastily busy road that I avoid if possible. Plus there aren’t any tea rooms that I know of along the A134 so I carried on to Assington.

I had a rather lovely piece of birthday cake at the tea room – summer fruit sponge.

You can just see Alfie through the windows there.

After my food I went to visit the Rheas that they have in a paddock out the back.

The Rhea got closer and closer and just after I took the next photo it pecked my camera, which was a bit of a surprise. Fortunately the camera survived!

As I set off after my tea and cake the weather had significantly improved – we now had the forecast sunshine. I had some wonderful views as I went past Arger Fen (which has fabulous bluebells earlier in the year). I liked this wonky gate with its views west.

The view eastwards at this point is of the grain store with the rather amusing topiary:

This actually says WAC for W A Church but it looks like WAG to me!

And then I was over the hill (in more ways than one!) and I looked down on the Stour Valley which presumably has Colchester in the far, far distance.

The zoom on my camera isn’t too good but you can see here the beautiful rolling fields of Suffolk and Essex.

And then it was the fast and a bit narrow zoom down the hill to join the Bures Road that heads east.

Except there was another wretched Road Closed sign at the junction with Bures Road (just on the Suffolk side of the Stour) and I thought it a bit risky to go that way in case the road was as closed as the previous road. I decided to be safe and keep going south to Wormingford instead.

Wormingford is at the top of a pretty fierce hill (fierce for Essex, anyway) but approaching it this way isn’t too bad. Once I crossed over into Essex my phone got some signal again – I had been in a communications blackout for most of the time I was in Suffolk, weirdly.

I went past the church in Wormingford with the attractive leaning brick wall (a health and safety nightmare, undoubtedly) and then turned eastwards across to Little Horkesley. This is a lovely quiet road and with the wind behind me and the sun shining it was lovely!

From there I headed to Great Horkesley, crossing the A134 and joining one of my standard cycling routes through Boxted, Langham, Dedham Heath, Ardleigh to home. I sped up considerably for the last nine miles as the roads are nice and flat and the tailwind was helping slightly.

In total I had done 45.5 miles and so very much deserved my birthday Toblerone and a cup of tea when I got in.

 

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