LEJOG Day 2
Start: Trecott
End: Sandford
Total Miles: 261.17
Time in saddle: 6h25m
Average: 13.56 mph
Daily Miles: 85.68
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Friday 11 June 2004

Well, I decided to get an earlier start today so I was up at 6.45am. Actually, I was already awake thanks to the two cockerels trying to out do each other. Anyway, after a delightful breakfast of prunes, muesli and toast plus 5 donation from Mr & Mrs Craig, I was away just after 8. Once warmed up I made good time to Crediton. Then came the hills... The road from Crediton to Tiverton is littered with them and it was really tough going. The sun was out and burning down by this point making things harder. I was trying to guess where the summit of a particularly evil hill when I spotted a Highways Engineer by the side of the road. "How much further?" I gasped, "Bout 600 metres" he replied. Just as I was feeling happy about that he shouted "and thats the last of them!" what a nice man!

Well, I decided to get an earlier start today so I was up at 6.45am. Actually, I was already awake thanks to the two cockerels trying to out do each other. Anyway, after a delightful breakfast of prunes, muesli and toast plus 5 donation from Mr & Mrs Craig, I was away just after 8. Once warmed up I made good time to Crediton. Then came the hills... The road from Crediton to Tiverton is littered with them and it was really tough going. The sun was out and burning down by this point making things harder. I was trying to guess where the summit of a particularly evil hill when I spotted a Highways Engineer by the side of the road. "How much further?" I gasped, "Bout 600 metres" he replied. Just as I was feeling happy about that he shouted "and thats the last of them!" what a nice man!

After a short break in Tiverton, I swapped the map pages around and noticed that I could use some back lanes to get off the main road. It started off good but then turned into a long uphill slog. It ended 6 miles later at the top of a huge hill with a beautiful view, I could even see the main road way down below! I stopped to take a photo when a car pulled up beside me. An old boy was driving, he said in a thick Devonian accent "sorry to disturb you young man, but could you have a look at the back of my car cos I just backed into something and I would get out but I get out of breath..." For the next 20 minutes I got his life story and debated farming subsidies! It gave me a chance to get my breath back. Once on the A38 I thundered along into Somerset.

I made it to Taunton by 1pm which was great because I wanted to call in on my cousin Rory. Had some lunch of ravioli and had a quick chat. Ironically, Rory is a would be end to ender and would have loved to be doing the ride with me, maybe next time eh? When I left Rory and Ann, the sun was still shining but the wind was picking up. After Bridgewater, the westerly breeze was blowing me all over the place. The A38 swings Northeasterly towards Bristol so the wind was on my back for the last 10 miles to my sisters place. She has a deep bath and large dinner plates - bliss!

 

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