A 1146 mile cycle ride from Land's End to John o' Groats
We knew that the first three or four days in Cornwall and Devon were going to be quite tough, so we planned for today to be quite a short day. 33 miles of up and down. As we’ll be averaging about 50 miles a day we’ll have to cycle a few longer days to make up for today, but it felt good to arrive at our wooden ‘pod’ at a decent hour and without our legs feeling too tired.
The first part of the ride was the hardest, just after leaving St Newlyn East. Tiny Cornish lanes, overhanging trees, gravel, puddles, pot-holes, mud and did I mention hills? Steep, steep hills.
We headed up to Padstow. It was absolutely heaving. Thousands of sweating families wandering aimlessly up and down the seafront. It seemed like a such a pointless way to spend an afternoon. We felt smug that we had a reason to be passing through, we were on a journey, so we sat and watched the throng while eating our fish and chips. Then it was onto the crowded ferry over to Rock. Leaving everyone behind we set off up the B3314, turning left just before Delabole and down the hill to Caradoc of Tregardock.
The pod had brilliant views over the sea. Hugo, the owner, and his mother gave us a lift to the shop in Delabole to buy food. Lovely people, amazing place.