Day 2 – Tredagillett to Taunton (79.77 miles)
Ouch. A supposedly 70 mile day which ended fractionally longer than yesterday’s, at 79.77 miles, due to detours and map reading “issues”. However, it does mean I’ve now ridden through Cornwall and completed Devon, which as previously commented, are supposed to be some of the tougher sections.
An interesting day, starting out poorly, when the MapMyRide app I’ve been using to plan routes and then act as a satnav locked up and required a reinstall. Great, but not without WiFi or 3G! That’ll teach me to not stay at a Client site!
A 4 mile detour into Launceston, to cadge WiFi and then back off and running down my not-so-favourite road, the A30 again. On to Oakhampton then a much needed change of cycling scenery, as I then swapped the wagons for tractors on the country lanes.
The lanes, all 40 or so miles of them, provided their own challenge, with poor road surfaces and short snappy hills (one of which was surely a 1-in-3). That was somewhere near Nomansland (seriously), from recollection! You know you’re in a low frame of mind when you get cheered up by The Smiths and Radiohead on the MP3 player!
After a “carry the bike across a cow field” moment to get back on a bypass I’d missed, I made better progress, speed wise, and had already got my head around it turning out to be another 75+ mile day.
The weather and my mood lightened for the last 20 miles into Taunton, where I’m delighted to say I’m now resident. Thanks go to Andrew Thombs and Rob Holmes of Somerston Hotels for providing my accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express Taunton. A shorter day in store tomorrow, so will be making the most of the free breakfast and a lie in!
159 miles done, so just another 750 or so to go!
Chris 2nd September 2013