Day 17 - New Holland to Gedney Hill

Posted by: Rob on 08/06/2023


100.33 mi
08/06/2023 07:35 BST
11.50 mph
27.98 mph
16715.30 Btu
0.08 hp
Elevation Gain
Elevation Gain:
2208.01 ft
2099.74 ft
Elevation Range
Elevation Range:
553.81 ft
15.09 ft
79 °F
46 °F
1032.62 mi
164.67 mi
399.65 mi
1032.62 mi
164.67 mi
399.65 mi

Fenland smash!

I woke up pretty early. Mainly because my stomach was grumbling somewhat. I'm not surprised - the pizza I had last night was rank!

Anyway, it was a bit overcast, but surprisingly warm, so I hit the road in good spirits.

After navigating my way back to civilization I started following NCN1 again to keep things simple. I ended up on some rough bridleway, but there was a little café there. All self service with an honesty box. So I had a coffee and some biscuits which set me up nicely.

I ended up right up the Lincolnshire Wolds. Which was odd as I was trying to avoid them! Just baby hills anyway compared with what I've been doing! I finally had a long descent into Market Rasen and that was it for hills. Didn't see any more all day!

I had a couple more short rough tracks, then it was onto the classic fenland roads - dead straight, smooth and flat. Invariably with a drainage ditch running along side.

It was at this point that I just got my head down and battered it!

Stopping for food and water now and again, I was making really good progress. I had to freestyle it a bit down a main road as my Garmin was trying to send me up a private farm track with warnings of death and stuff for trespassers.

I hadn't noticed the time as it was a glorious day by now and the miles were flying by. So I stopped in Spalding where I (eventually) found a Tesco Express to get some food and I phoned a nice looking campsite. It was about 15 miles away so I said I'd be there by half six.

Obviously I was way later than that due to battling ever increasing crosswinds and the fact that I was suddenly starving and had to stop and smash down a load of the food I'd bought!

I got there in the end though. I had to ride up the road a bit and back again just to make the day's ride 100 miles!

I'm all showered and ready for my last night under canvas (or whatever tents are made of these days) as I shall be home tomorrow!

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mikej on 08/06/2023 23:42:08
Well done Rob. I'll have to do a big shop tomorrow. Alpaca steaks for dinner? Dad
Karen on 08/06/2023 22:06:50
Good luck for the last day on the road! Hopefully will be flat all the way….
Karen on 08/06/2023 22:04:48
Love the alpacas! Especially the one whose fringe is covering its eyes.
Rob on 08/06/2023 22:37:09
These ones were quite friendly. I thought about trying to stroke one, but I don't know anything about them and didn't want to risk it taking my hand off!