Bike Ride Day 1 - 21st July 2010
Signing in from a sunny Mawgan Porth on the beautiful north Cornwall coast. After so long thinking about and preparing for this trip it was great to get going at last.
Yesterday Gill and I drove down to Lands End and got there about 5pm. It's a fantastic place, if you ignore what the humans have done to it! Lovely evening mooching around the beautiful Sennen Cove and enjoying a bit of sunshine after a very wet journey.
Day One dawned sunny and bright, with a forecast for sunshine, showers, and most importantly a South West wind. Cyclists will understand the importance of this! Had a huge breakfast and suitably fortified with enough calories to feed an army we set off for Lands End just in time to catch the famous 'signpost' being fixed into the ground. Had photos taken underneath it and then began the End to End (a few photos attached) at 9.30am.
Absolutely fantastic first stretch to St Ives along some amazing coastline, dotted with the remains of disused tin mines. Fairly hilly but nothing too bad, and made good progress to a rather over-run St Ives, then picked up the coast road through Hayle, Portreath, Porthtowan (horrible horrible hill out of Porthtowan), Goonvrea and St Agnes to Perranporth where I stopped for lunch. Then on to Newquay, Porth and finally to my first destination Trevvarian, just outside Mawgan Porth.
The route was always going to be hilly, but I don't think I'd realised just how undulating the road was. Basically, it goes like this: every time you come into a coastal town or village the road swoops down an incredibly steep hill to the sea; and then you have to cycle up a monstrous hill to get out! The first time I looked up the hill I was about to climb I thought 'you cannot be serious', but it was. By the end of the ride I knew the score - enjoy the downhills because the road is going to get its own back (the problem is that you can't fully enjoy the downhills because they're so steep you're riding with brakes full on for most of the time!). So, by the time I reached Mawgan Porth, with the rain starting to fall, even though this first day was a mere 60 miles I knew I'd been on a ride.
But it's been a good day. Such incredibly beautiful scenery. Found myself freewheeling down a particularly wonderful stretch of road singing out loud at one point! And by virtue of a fairly short journey today it meant that I arrived in Mawgan Porth early in the afternoon, so after a shower Gill and I headed off for the beach and had a lovely couple of hours strolling around this idyllic place enjoying the sunshine that had now arrived.
To sponsor Adrian on this ride please go to www.justgiving.com/rochestercathedraltrust
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