Day 3 retro
Originally uploaded by Andrew Birkett
Hehe, i just did Cornwall and Devon, woot! And furthermore tomorrow has all of the flat. Well, possibly all of the rain too, but you can’t have it all it seems.?Anyhow, the photo is of the Brendon Hills in Exmoor during today’s ‘can’t see a thing’ phase. Glad to have made it down to sea level after that somewhat exciting excursion.?The day started with me retracing my step back from the farm into torrington. Somehow the road didn’t seem as long as it did yesterday and the hills weren’t quite as steep, hmm. Then i followed the ctc route up to Atherton, featuring today 41mph highlight. During that, and subsequent bumpier descents i began to fully appreciate the art of good bicycle design – something which worked fine at low speed could become a nightmare at high speeds.?I stopped in a tea shop in south molton for an extra breakfast. I’m a bit shocked by how much i’ve been physically able to eat today. Next was the dreech and lonely grind up 400m into Exmoor. Once up, things got faster for a while, and i got lots of aero bar time despite the rain cloud i was in. More descents and climbs were the pattern for the day. I even outran some cars on the descent into Enmore. :)?The gps has saved my bacon lots today. I’d be so screwed without it. On the odd occasion i go the wrong way anyway but the gps quickly makes it apparent that i’m headed in the wrong way. Them satellites sure do rock.