600km ride around Devon, Somerset and Cornwall
The day began for me at 4:05am. Getting out of bed at this time is not easy for me but I don’t like driving, parking, all that car stuff. I was riding to to start of the Kernow and SW 600 event
We set off from Exeter at 6am. It was foggy so as we went up onto the high ground near Holdsworthy there was no view except more fog
It was still foggy in Bude but it started to clear as we got to Looe. By the time we did the Fowey ferry crossing summer had arrived
But sadly as the day faded so the mist came back. Saint Michael’s Mount looked quite atmospheric.
We left the friendly church hall in Penzance the last in the field. I suppose there were about 15 people riding. The night section is principally a fast blast along the A39 to Bude
The hall at Bude was nice and warm and we got a couple of hours shuteye and were off again at 6am
Sunday was a much nicer, sunny day
The road to Barnstaple was great, include a perfectly surfaced 5km downhill leading into some woods. We had a second breakfast and a coffee in Barnstaple. Bit of re-routing around a closed bridge with some help from locals and then past South Molton and onto the B3227 towards Black Cat and Wilvescombe.
The aim was to get to the motorway services in Bridgwater ( usual audax glamour locations eh? ) then back the way we came and aim for Seaton. The route to Seaton included one of my favourite roads, the Seven Mile Straight
We reached Seaton at 5pm, had a terrible sandwich then on to the finish in Exeter
I was going to ride back but Richard offered me a lift in his van – my legs were happy to accept after the 8000 metres of climbing
Great way to spend a weekend. Glad I have Monday off work though!