June 2012 archive

Blisland to Holsworthy

After a good nights sleep, and being well looked after at Trewint Farm, we headed off under dark skies. Light rain fell sporadically but it never developed into the full works. A brief stop outside The Blisland Inn for a photo and then it was a stiff climb up onto Bodmin Moor. Cycling into a …

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St. Newlyn East to Blisland

There are a few good things about hills. First, there are the views from the top. Stunning views across the Cornish countryside with the sea in the distance. Unfortunately it also affords a view on the next hill you’re due to encounter. The second good thing is the feeling of relief upon reaching the top. …

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Gweek to St. Newlyn East

Damp but not raining when we left this morning. Gweek is at sea level, being at the end of a small inlet. So, the only way was up – and it was an up that climbed for four miles! It was the first of about four long, hard climbs today. But of course, what goes …

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Gweek to The Lizard

Raining when we left but soon stopped. First stop – 50 yards down the road – the village shop for some snacks, just in case we couldn’t find a pub for lunch. A few ups and downs as we skirted the inlet then climbed up onto the headland. One hill had us off the bike. …

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Penzance to Gweek

Eggs Benedict for brekky. Headed away from our B&B and into town to find a Vodafone Shop in the vain hope they could do something with my iPhone. Backlight doesn’t work after the soaking (inside supposedly waterproof pocket in my Endura top). Map reading is now tricky unless there’s strong sunlight (hint, hint). Redirected to …

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Land’s End

Breakfast was a large bowl of sugar with some porridge in it. Plenty of fuel for the ride out to Land’s End and then back to our starting point. A very wet start to the day! Karon was all togged up in full wet weather gear and gradually turning into boil in the bag as …

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Tadley to Penzance

Despite my concerns that we wouldn’t get the bike onto the train, the journey to Penzance went ok. We cycled out to Mortimer Station and when the local train arrived we went for the end carriage, assuming it wouldn’t matter so much if we blocked the door area with the bike. It did. The guard …

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Loaded up and ready to go

Hase Pino ready to roll

Well, we’re all packed and ready to go. There’s about 50lbs of luggage in the four panniers and saddle bag. We settled on three sets of cycling outfits plus minimal evening wear and one pair of light shoes each. Karon’s medication takes up a fair bit of space and we’ve also got a small watercolour …

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