Exploring Some East Cambridgeshire Lanes (C #7)
3 April, 103 miles
Two centuries on consecutive days – that’s a first I think! After yesterday’s outing to Norfolk I decided to go in completely the opposite direction and ride over to East Cambridgeshire. My goal was to explore some lanes south of Newmarket and north of Haverhill that I hadn’t ridden before. And with good sunshine all was set for a thoroughly enjoyable outing. However, I had something of a false start as I suffered a rear wheel puncture after riding only six miles. Fortunately, there was a handy car pub car park so I was able to get in there, remove the punctured inner tube and replace it with a fresh one. And about ten minutes later I was underway again.
Approaching the end of my meanderings I arrived at the village of Woodditton which boasts a rather splendid artwork. Despite searching on the Interweb I’ve been unable to find out anything about it. I’ll have to go back and ask someone as I feel there’s an interesting story to be told.
The Rather Long and (not very) Winding Road (C #6)
2 April, 107 miles
A lovely sunny day today led me north into the middle of Norfolk. Once I leave Watton I usually enjoy a sense of the ‘new’. This is because getting to Watton involves riding through countryside that I visit regularly. Here I should say that whilst I’m blogging about my century rides I also do a lot of sub 100 riding too. This means that the roads closer to home are much more familiar to me. Not that they’re boring; quite the opposite because I enjoy seeing how things change over time – with the different seasons, or perhaps as someone’s house building project develops. I am rarely short of enjoyment, entertainment and interest. But getting further afield brings with it different experiences.
Arriving at West Acre, one of the things of note is the theatre. It’s located in a converted Chapel with a studio seating 80. It hosts a range of in-house productions, visiting companies, concerts, workshops and other events. Their summer season, from May to August, has been running since 1990. Audiences are drawn from across East Anglia and beyond. The Theatre Company had won widespread acclaim and quite a few awards. Its patrons are Stephen Fry and Sir Anthony Gormley, so this is indeed a serious establishment. The parallel charitable foundation is dedicated to developing community participation in the performing arts and the involvement of young people. I always enjoy seeing how communities develop successful, distinctive and creative ways of enriching their lives.