Bike Ride Day 2 - 22nd July 2010
Day Two not so positive! Tremendously hard day cycling along the north Cornish coast, almost constantly hilly and today with a wind that felt as if it was in my face every inch of the way.
Day dawned with rain in Mawgan Porth, set off up the horrible hill that leads out of MP and that set the tone for the day. The scenery continued beautiful and breathtaking but the hills got steeper and longer. Anything from 1 in 7 to 1 in 3 - if you want something to compare it with, the famous Porlock Hill is only 1 in 4. Add to that the wind against you, and after a while it became almost demoralising to see what the cycling terrain was for most of the day.
Along the way of course the views were amazing. Padstow is a lovely little town and I enjoyed taking the ferry from the harbour across to Rock. I met up with Gill for a coffee in Boscastle - and it's hard to imagine a more picture postcard English seaside village anywhere in the country. I had a reflective moment sitting on a rock at Crackington Haven, scene of some of our family holidays when I was growing up (and with strong memories of both my Dad and my sister Judy). And lunch by the river in Bude in the sunshine (which came out intermittently throughout the day) was another welcome respite from the hills.
But apart from that it was just relentless, and although today was only a mere 66 miles I feel like I've cycled twice that distance. My legs are like jelly and I'm apprehensive about how I will find tomorrow. But who knows what a good night's sleep will do? We've stopped overnight in Great Torrington, which has some pretty startling views of its own - very different from the coastline but equally beautiful.