Headline: Two of the toughest days done and still going strong
Route: Okehampton to Bath
Miles: 111.1 miles
Cycling time: 8h 31 mins on the road, 7h 21 mins ride time. That’s slot of time at food stops!
Average speed: 15.04 mph
Total ascent: 6653ft
Weather: Warm and sunny. No rain or serious wind, hurray
Through hilly Devon and into equally hilly Somerset, the third county of the ride so far. Today seemed a better day for everyone; the legs were warmed up, and the roads drier so pleased to say fewer punctures and crashes. Everyone is into the strict rhythm of the day. There is a routine which helps keep focus and makes efficient use of time, useful as maximum sleep is essential. There is a camp wake up call at 5.30, then it’s breakfast, get cycling gear on, pack bag, get bike ready and head off at 7am. I’m tending to get back about 3.45 pm; then it’s snack, shower, stretch, see the physio (this one is reserved for those with ongoing niggles), dinner, Skype family, blog, evening briefing and bed, hopefully by 9.30.
Today’s ride really emphasised one of the main reasons I am here- to see parts of the U.K that I have heard so much about but never visited. Outstanding areas cycled through today include the Quantock Hills, namely climbing the 1089ft of Cothelstone Hill. Then came a fast stretch, thankfully sharing putting the nose in the wind with a groupeta, through the Somerset levels. The ultimate moment was climbing through Cheddar Gorge. It really is quite breathtaking and full of activity on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Climbers, hikers, cyclists and ice cream lickers dot the landscape like busy little ants.
We are blessed with one night of luxury, trading in the Quechua canvas for the bricks and mortar of Bath University. Having said that, really missed the mess tent cooking at the campsite. It is far superior to Uni dining, especially the wide range of desserts. Still ate my fill- it’s all fuel for tomorrow which promises to be a lighter day.
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