As ever the Dynamo delivered in spadefuls. Still my favourite UK ride by a long distance - even as it has grown and attracted a more mainstream riders there's still a slight air of delicious chaos to the whole affair.
Lovely to catch up with so many faces from previous forum rides and I thoroughly enjoyed my stint 'helping' out at Sible Hedingham. Recommended for anyone considering it next year, you also get the added bonus of riding the second half at about 4am - straight into a sunrise all the way and bumping into a very chilled group of riders who are taking it easy and soaking up the whole experience.
My highlight for the night was the aforementioned local lady at Sible Hedingham who popped out for 5 minutes at 11pm in a summer dress to check that the signage was still in place and ended up staying till about 2:30am giving directions in and out of the food station. She seemed to be having a ball and was full of praise for the riders - all of whom were unfailingly polite and chatty. I did ask whether maybe she wanted to use my phone to let her husband know about her extended sojourn, but she didn't seem to think that was necessary - it was pretty clear who ran that household.
I tried the Dunwich to Diss exit as an alternative to riding to Ipswich - far superior: about 28 miles through largely deserted lanes, you get on the same train that stops at Ipswich later and no one bothered to check on minor things like bike reservations.