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. Unfortunately, West Country hills are masters of deception, for climbing them, they tease with ‘false summits’. As you pant your way upwards, looking ahead, you see what looks like the top but on reaching the crest or bend that had your hopes up, the road turns up yet more. This can happen several times over the course of a long climb and the sense of relief on reaching the REAL top is directly proportional to the number of ‘false’ summits encountered on the way up.
The third good thing about a hill is that it has another side. The downside. Unfortunately the downsides are often over within a minute or two, whereas the upside often lasts half an hour or more. So there you have it – for every good point about a hill, there is a counterpoint.
Our route included a few today. It was a ride of two halves as once we reached Padstow, we were treated to about 15 miles of pleasantly flat riding. Earlier we had moved our 10 mile tea stop forward a little, stopping at Columb St Major for tea and biccies in The Glebe, a nice old place where the lady serving us donated a couple of £s.
We stopped again at Padstow for some fresh crab before the Camel Trail run.
Mid afternoon the grey skies finally decided to let loose their load, though not heavily. Not long before we turned off the trail for our final climb of the day, we stopped to take on some sweets as both of us were feeling a little weary.
Then it was off the bike for a while as we climed up into the hills to find Trewint Farm. Our delightful B&B that welcomed us with cream tea.
Later we walked the mile down then up to the Blisland Inn for some really good food and some very nice beers.
Tomorrow we head to Holsworthy. No Camel Trails to break the ups and downs of the West Country.