Land’s End

Land's End. Miserable weather on the ride out – it could have been fields or a huge drop to the sea on the other side of the hedge. Had a job finding the sign in the misty drizzle. Dried out a bit on the way back to Penzance.

Land’s End. Miserable weather on the ride out – it could have been fields or a huge drop to the sea on the other side of the hedge. Had a job finding the sign in the misty drizzle. Dried out a bit on the way back to Penzance.

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 I finished faffing about. The Beast had spent the night in the back garden of the Treventon Guest House in Penzance so I hauled it round to the front door before we loaded it with day bags for the ride. Doing it this way meant we could leave a pannier each at base and at least start our LEJOG with a slightly lighter bike than would be the norm.

The fine rain was sweeping inland from the sea as we followed the coast round the bay to Mousehole. From there a long steepish climb up to St. Paul. Halfway up the climb, as we struggled in our lowest gear and I thanked God that I had put on an MTB 22T granny ring, a young chap on a road bike wearing rather unconventional cycling kit puffed his way past. “This is what it’s all about!” Neither of us had the breath to answer!

After the climb, we picked up back lanes to cross the headland for Sennen Cove. The rain and mist were so bad we had no idea what was on the other side of the hedges – could have been fields, could have been a huge drop to the sea!  Got cheered by a group of folks outside the Post Office at St Buryan. Near Sennen we came out onto the A30 and decided to follow the cyclepath rather than ride the road. Bad choice. The cycle path created to avoid the A30 was abysmal. Wet sand made the going hard and it found its way onto the chain and into the disc brakes. 

Arriving at Land’s End we had to ask directions for the signpost etc. as visibility was so bad. The whole place is a little tacky these days, with a bit of a fun-fair feel to It. We found the sign post but didn’t pay for an ‘official’ photo. Visibility was very poor so we made do with a couple of snaps from the compact camera we have. Then we went into the ‘canteen’ and grabbed a rather dismal lunch then changed into dry tops.
Leaving Land’s End, we skipped the cyclepath and took the A30 back to the junction above Sennen Cove then picked up the back lanes. Stopped at St Buryan for the public loo and to buy some sugary sweets to keep in the saddle bag in case Karon’s blood sugar dropped. The weather cleared as we rode back and we stopped off at Mousehole harbour to sketch. Just out of Mousehole we met up with Mike and Liz and their little dog. They’re tandem touring England and Wales for 6 months. The dog (a small one) has a little covered basket on the back of the bike and looks very much at home.
Nice hot shower back at the B&B and the landlord took our soggy stuff to wash and dry. We ended the day wandering towards the main town and finding a curry house.
Downside of the day – my iPhone got wet and is sulking. The backlight isn’t working and it keeps jumping to voice control.
Tomorrow we head for Gweek.