August 2012 - Four day tour in Suffolk
Slideshow, diary and photos
Following Tuesday Cycling's successful 2011 short tour starting from and finishing at our home base in Lymington, it was decided that we should venture slightly further afield in 2012. John and Sheila remembered enjoyable previous cycling trips made around Suffolk - rolling countryside with no great hills, but also not boringly pancake flat; interesting countryside with attractive towns and villages; and, as everyone knows, it never rains in Suffolk in August. Having sold the idea to other TCs, John then had a few fretful days wondering if there really was some awful hill he had completely forgotten.
As before, The brief was to:
Sheila took on the role of route planner and and after extensive research devised a four-day tour, with scheduled stops in:
Woodbridge, Framlingham, Halesworth, Bungay, Beccles, Southwold, Walberswick, Dunwich, Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Snape, Orford, Bawdsey Quay / Felixstowe Ferry, Shotley, Flatford Mill, East Bergholt and Hadleigh. (There was also a "Don't stop here you are inside a prison" at Hollesley).
She provided detailed route sheets, tourist notes on interesting historic and geographic places to be encountered en-route and copious instructions; negotiated an assortment of accommodation and feeding bookings; and chartered a ferry to take us from Felixstowe to Shotley
Preparation, training and fitness check-up
If you are interested see the 2011 tour notes, but this year we decided not to bother with any of this stuff and just accepted that Birgit and John were fully certified as non-walking wounded.
Sunday: Gathering at Woodbridge
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The 2012 Tuesday CC tour cycling prize is awarded to Mike
Team car driver extraordinaire
For fetching and carrying beyond all normal requirements and uncomplainingly complying with requests to go on, come back, recce food stops and cycle shops