By necessity, most of my cycle rides start and finish at the same place. This week was different, thanks to the offer of a lift I went on a ride along Regional Route 48, from Bramford to Hadleigh, and then Suffolk Cycle Route B2/B down to Chelmondiston; in total about 27 miles. As far as Suffolk goes, it’s quite hilly, although nothing compared to my adventures in Devon a few weeks ago. Despite the weather being grim, the ride was enjoyable and it was refreshing to be exploring unfamiliar territory. There’s a disused cycle track just outside Hadleigh, which is rare for Suffolk as the only off-road options are usually bridleways or RUPPs (Road Used as a Public Path). It only runs for a couple of miles, but it makes a pleasant change from being on the road.
An Internet search for ‘Suffolk Cycle Route B’ doesn’t return much. The Suffolk County Council websites make no mention of either Route B or Route A (which explores the west of the county) and the routes are not part of the National Cycle Network. It’s all very peculiar, almost as though someone is trying to keep the existence of both routes a bit of a secret. It’s a pity because they cover a very pleasant part of Suffolk. In the absence of official resources I used OpenCycleMap, which clearly marks both routes.
Here’s a link: Suffolk Cycle Routes A and B
Three 25 minute runs this week. How long I’ll keep this up is anyone’s guess but I’m very close to achieving my 5km goal. My ‘running track’ is a public footpath that crosses arable land. It’s not exactly teaming with wildlife, but usually there are a few rabbits about and it’s not unusual to see a couple of hares. This week I saw a skylark and my first dragonfly of the year. I love dragonflies, their ancestors were around long before the dinosaurs, and it’s not hard to imagine them hunting over primeval swamps. Ho do you tell the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly? When they’re not flying, dragonflies rest with their wings perpendicular to the body, like a cross, whereas damselflies hold their wings parallel.
What I’m Reading:
- Stormbird: Book 1 by Conn Iggulden. Still going – slowly. There’s nothing wrong with the book, I haven’t been in the mood for reading
Things I’ve done this week that I’ve never done before:
- Run three times for 25 minutes.
Things I’ve done this week to save money:
Things I’ve bought that I could have done without:
- Nothing that I’m admitting to.