Thursday, 19 August 2010

Lands End to John O'Groats continued

Day 10: This day was probably one of our worst days. It had been raining all night so tent was soaked and we got wet as we packed up. Roads had huge puddles and it was again really cold as traffic passed us. this lasted about 2 hours and included a traffic diversion due to a jack-knifed lorry. also my cycle computer had given up due to the bad weather, so didnt even know how far we had gone. but today we still managed 102 miles with the help of warm coffee and £3 curries from morrisons! we ended up just south of warrington,so past manchester and liverpool area. Yet another B&B for the night (behind a bush!)

Day 11: Putting in a lot of miles now that the mountains are behind us. spending about 8-9 hours on the bike, but stopping for breaks about every 2 hours. done 92 miles today and got just past Hereford. Nearly in the South West Now
Day 12: Entered Wales today and first stop was Monmouth were i had to replace my old tyre due to the wear from the last few hundred miles. Lee also got his 2nd puncture of the trip. After that job we snaked down the Wye Valley to Chepstow where we crossed the river Seven on the old bridge. It then took us about an hour to skirt around Bristol and the industrial area of Avonmouth. Eventually we did and made it just below Bridgewater for the night that we spent in a field again after 86 miles.

Day 13: From Bridgewater we entered Devon and went across some hilly roads through Okehampton and found a local pub to eat just past Launceston where a local farmer said we could camp in his field (we probably would have anyway!). 100 miles done today which set us up nicely for the final push.

Day 14(15th August): The hilliest day so far as we went across Bodmin moor and down to Redruth. Was also the hottest and sunniest day so far (was scotland before today). The final few miles were very hilly but we eventually rode in to lands end about 4pm, which is the same time we left John O' Groats, so we made it in 13 days. Riden over 1000 miles, two highest peaks climbed and spent over 100 hours on the bike and no punctures for me! To celebrate we had a BBQ and camped on the golden sand and clear water beach of Porthcurnom, with a clear night and fireworks provided by the Minack theatre!.

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