James and Joe cycle LeJog

A 1146 mile cycle ride from Land's End to John o' Groats

Day 5 – Taunton to Tickenham

Flat, flat, flat! We’ve finally cycled along flat roads. Apart from a couple of nasty climbs, today’s 57 mile ride was easy compared to previous days.

A little detour took us to Cheddar Gorge and then we joined the ‘Strawberry Line’ cycle path. As we were a little ahead of schedule we cycled to Clevedon and had a cup of tea at the end of the pier. Then on to our B&B in Tickenham.

Sounds lovely? Well, most of the day was really good, but as we cycled, the weather deteriorated until it was pouring down. Our Gore-tex jackets somehow kept our top halves dry, but the rest of our bodies got soaking wet. We could pour the water out of our shoes. And it was really cold. Oh, and muddy too. The last few miles from Clevedon were along a busy road and we were constantly cut up and splashed by speeding cars and lorries. Definitely the worst part so far. Horrible.

Never mind, we’re all showered and warm now and the lovely Bev and David at Elm Tree Cottage B&B are going to wash and dry all our cycling clothes for us.

We have kept telling ourselves that we’re just doing one bike ride a day for 20 days. Sounds easy. But for some reason, after today’s rain and scary last few miles, it feels like we still have long way to go.

Let’s hope the weather improves tomorrow as we cycle over the Severn Bridge and into Wales.

Walked into Nailsea this evening to get something to eat. It’s still raining. We got wet again.

The mood in the camp is low.

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One comment on “Day 5 – Taunton to Tickenham

  1. Major Bumforth-Whitless
    July 12, 2012

    I was feeling left out until I saw just how wet and knackered you all look. Keep up the good work Chaps!

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