At the weekend, Jono, Justin and me went for a 300km jaunt from Cheddar to Oxford and back.
When I went to the car to drive to the start at 6am for a 7am start I had to scrap ice off of it
Fortunately, we had the Gorge to climb first to warm us up. Then the sun came out and it was a lovely day.
This was a AUK perm route the Cheddar Gorge 300km. We were starting at Cheddar end instead of the Oxford end however. The notes on the route sheets said that most of the ascent was in the Cheddar and Wells area. And this was quite correct. After getting past the bottom of Bristol in the morning the terrain levelled out.
Justin was a handy chap to have along. He was about my size but a bit more lively. So on the flat bits he was towing us along. Also I didn’t seem to have my navigating head on but Justin did. I over shot the turns and Justin shouted.
Because of the way we’d started in Cheddar the route had a built in “sting in the tail” of the section from Bradford Upon Avon to Wells. Some of the dreadful lanes on this bit could be compared with the horrors of the Hardboiled 300km from a couple of weekends ago. When I’m fresh and on lightly rolling terrain 50 might take just over 2 hours. It took me 4 hours to get from Bradford Upon Avon to the finish at Cheddar.
Like any ride this had it’s low points – The midday Saturday traffic in Cirencester and it’s high points, the lovely chalk hills on the section between Malborough and Bradford Upon Avon.