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24th August 2019
Mt. Biking: Two Rivers - Deben to Orwell
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Weather: Sunny and hot :)
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Distance Covered: 12 miles (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Saturday 24th August – bike ***** Two Rivers – Deben to the Orwell – sunny and hot.


With amazing hot and sunny weather forecast for the Bank Holiday weekend with records set to be broken Mag and I thought it best to say at home to the avoid nightmare roads and busy places but we still wanted to enjoy the weather and get away from the crowds so we were up early with a flask made. Then bikes out we were down on the quiet prom at Felixstowe by 7 o clock this morning:) With the sun well up and the sea like a mill pool we enjoyed a slow ride along the prom with me stopping at regular intervals to take pics! Reaching the end of the prom at The Fludgers you have to turn inland before returning to the prom at The Dip but the sight in front of you is amazing with Bawdsey shrouded in a misty haze:) With just the odd dog walker or jogger out we soon reached the River Deben entrance where we stop for our cuppa and sit in the sun with the sun glistening on the super calm water while watching the yachts head out. We are joined by a wheatear on the rocks behind us as Mag makes friends with a Merle coloured dog of several breeds with a very friendly owner:) Then it’s onto another of our favourites Felixstowe Ferry where we have another long chat to a couple who walked here from town, we have never been so sociable!!! We had a quick spin around the boat yard then back across the golf course before turning into Ferry Road. We then leave the road and bike through the woods at The Grove where I stupidly fall off my bike! Then through Felixstowe town centre where Mag goes to Tesco and home while I continue the journey. I go through Langer Park which looks surprisingly litter/damage free and onto the popular viewing area by the Docks. I sit at the end watching the action, people in the café enjoying fish and chips, men fishing and families paddling and throwing stones:) A couple of German cyclists asks if I am waiting for the Harwich foot ferry, I say no but tell them where it lands. As there are now several people waiting for the little yellow ferry, I wait for it to arrive while being entertained by loads of Starlings pinching scrapes from the café! I then continue past Landguard Fort and go out on the small wooden jetty to watch a small container ship enter the port as the tug boat attaches a line! It is then onto the beach where the Orwell enters the sea before heading for home past several birdwatchers. At the Manor car park which we also use for windsurfing I bump into Roger and Maureen Vickers, a long standing windsurfing friend who has recently spent some time in Papworth Hospital but hopefully is now on the road to recovery:) I spent a pleasant hour having a cuppa and catch up before completing the last section along a now very busy prom. Mag was pleased to see me as we parted three hours before and was beginning to think the worst! I had actually been away from home for nearly 6 hours and had only covered 11 miles! Then Mag and I had a lovely peaceful afternoon in our garden with lunch well it was my porridge from breakfast, followed by afternoon scone/cake while sorting out my foil and reading. More good news as Ipswich win 5 – 0 to go top of Div. 1, England trash Ireland by a record margin and there is also a very slight glimmer of hope for England in the test against Australia!!! So with no wind forecast for several days it could be some more early starts to enjoy the best of quiet Suffolk:)


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