Headline: First and hardest day done
Route: Land’s End to Okehampton
Cycling time: 9 hours on the road, don’t know actual ride time as signal failed in places
Average speed: 14.6 mph
Total ascent: 8741ft
Weather: Warm, cloud with sunny spells. No rain and wind not too bad
Really lucky with the weather after last night at Land’s End- windy and rainy- hard to sleep. The campsite is a testament to organisation. It’s run with military precision. 650 green Quechua tents all need to be pitched plus mobile toilets, showers,, kitchen/mess tent, drying room etc. It looks like a festival, but that’s where the similarity ends. In fact, RAB is the antipathy of a festival. Where as festival goers crash at 5.30am after a night’s dancing, we get up to start dancing on the pedals at 7am, and some even crash. There are no drugs (not even EPO), very little sex and not a lot of drinking. It’s all about the ride and the camaraderie.
The riding was great; beautiful views are the reward of a lot of climbing. Fortunately we are well fed at breakfast and dinner at base camp, and the two feed stops en route. Highlights included Mount St. Michael in a town called Marazion, near Penzance. Like its namesake you can walk to it at low tide. It doesn’t have tourists arriving by the coach load like the French version, so it’s well worth a visit. We also went through a town called Minions which has adopted the little yellow fellas as the town’s mascot and they appear on the town’s name sign. I wonder who had to pay to for the rights? Only one abandon and spirits very high – everyone happy to have started and bagged the toughest stage.
That’s all for now- so tired and need to get some sleep. It’s 21.30 and we’re up in 8 hours.
Tomorrow is Okehampton to Bath, so a good deal more of hilly Devon.
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