Last ride of the season to get the full set for a South West Super Randonneur series
I left the house just after 6am into a dark world of fog.
The start point for the perm was about 5 miles from my house, so in theory time to warm up. Or get damp from fog moisture…
After only about 10km there was an ascent to Hembury Fort and the fog was clearing on the higher ground. Even at this early stage of the ride, getting out of the fog and into the early morning sun was a real lift!
The route then went through Honiton and Colyton and down to the seaside at Lyme Regis. The weather was super. What would shortly be a busy seaside town was still waking up.
I’m glad I stopped here for a coffee and a brief rest even though I wasn’t doing great against the time limit. The next bit of the ride proved to be tough. There were lots of climbs followed by nervous descents down narrow, gravelly lanes with poor visibility.
Eventually though the route broke out onto the Somerset levels. The next bit was fast and easy. I made it more difficult on myself by forgetting to get a proof of passage in Wedmore and having to go back 10km
Eventually the road went up again to cross some hills to get down to the coast. On the A38 in Churchill there was a 40mph sign on the descent which I took as a suggested speed 🙂
Cleavedon and the roads near Bristol were grim and busy with weekend traffic. The route got onto quieter roads. It took me onto a lane I didn’t know of before which proved to be a very effective short cut to Bridgwater. On the A39 near Bridgwater just to add to the fun I got a draft from a tractor, doing a few miles at 30mph on the flat.
Early dinner at Bridgwater then across the levels again towards South Molton
Eventually the sun started to set
I got to South Molton and started the final leg of the ride at 9pm. I didn’t use the suggested route, which was laney and parallel to the A361. I used a B-road I’m more familar with.
I was back home again, with 337km on the clock, at 10 minutes past midnight
If you’d like to do the Blackdown and Levels 300km perm, the details for it and other South West permanent rides are here