Wednesday, 22 July 2009

I've upped my Game. Up yours!

On Monday I finished work at lunch time and did something I haven't done for a long time.

I hopped on my trusty Norfolk Mountain Bike and got completely lost.

I'd forgotten just what a big place Norfolk is and how empty it is. I eventually found my way to the metropolis of Wymondham which is pronounced "Wind" and "Ham", coincidentally a description applied to myself in certain quarters. Fortunately it didn't rain so I wasn't subjected to the "Superman Soup" jibe - Old Ham with Capon.

In October there is a tentative arrangement with my brother to cycle the Coast-to-Coast Route Westwards from Robin Hood's Bay to Barrow-in-Furness, so I'll be doing a bit more cycling to build up some stamina. This slope on the road back from Banham will be just the thing to prepare me for the assault on the Pennines.

22 comments:

Geoff said...

Don't you think a cross-Holland ride would be more advisable?

Rog said...

It's flat Geoff, but I'd still be worried I'd polder muscle.

zIggI said...

I want to make a joke about assault and battery but I can't think of one, help me out here please :)

Rog said...

Ziggi: There will be a small charge but I'm Ever Ready to assist. Let's just hope I don't get mugged in Robbin' Hoodies Bay.

KAZ said...

I'll write you a note to give to your brother.
You Southern Jessies are just not 'ard enough to attempt the Pennines.

Z said...

Windham? Windm, surely.

You won't cheat by driving to Robin Hood's Bay, will you?

Rog said...

Kaz: I'm not taking that from a Jet Setting dilletente who thinks the Pennines are an exotic pasta and who couldn't reach the pedals on Oz's bike anyway!!!

Z: Garboldisham to you too. I will of course be cycling up the A1. Did I mention it was a Unicycle?

Dave said...

I was going to say Windm too, but as it's been said, I won't.

Having walked in that area (S-N) I think Norfolk is a fine training-ground.

Sadly my bike is still trapped behind my broken garage door, so I'm unlikely to be experienced enough a cyclist to join you.

Coincidentally, yesterday my brother started walking the route (W-E).

Rog said...

Dave: Surely he'd be East to East?

sas said...

In my head you are in a full body lycra cycling suit with 'eye of the tiger' at full tit on your i-pod.

Rog said...

Sas: That's spooky! Absolutely spot on! "...It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our rival...."

Dave said...

'Full tit' is probably right if you're in lycra.

Rog said...

Very good Dave! I suspected your proof-reading would one day unearth a gem.

Morton Shadow said...

I diodn't realise you had pyramids in Norfolk Rog.

(...no wonder you were out of breath...)

;?

xxx
Mort
w.v: cargar (oh, the irony!)

Scarlet-Blue said...

Slightly off-topic, but I've often wondered where Norfolk learner drivers go to do their hill starts?
Sx

Rog said...

Mort: It's an old Norfolk expression "Pharoah Nuff". Haven't you seen the X-Box Game "Tomb Raider Swaffham"?

Scarlett: I think they have to go to Derbyshire. That's why only 7 people in Norfolk have licences.

zIggI said...

Dave that is the worst excuse ever for not getting on your bike! A man that can mend a pond long distance to the extent it's now overflowing cannot be held up by a piddling broken door.

Sorry Rog, just had to take issue with the slacker, thanx

Dave said...

Scarlet: when I lived in Lincolnshire (flatter than Norfolk, actually) learners had to do their hill start on the bridge over the river, as it was the only bit of road for miles around with a slight rise.

Sarah said...

Hear hear Ziggy, Dave is always full of excuses.....

Rog, do you need a cook on your trip...i'm looking for an adventure!

john.g. said...

Myself and a couple of mates walked that some years ago!

Rog said...

Sarah: I'll pencil you in. A saddle of beef after a long cycle would be appropriate.

John: Very impressed. Rispeck!

Keith said...

Whaddya mean, you "got completely lost"? You obviously found your way back!

Just a minute. . . that looks like the bike I had pinched from my shed!