Bike Ride Day 3 - 23rd July 2010
It wasn’t until half way through the night that my heart rate returned to normal after the exertions of the hills yesterday, so I didn’t sleep very well and I guess I was a bit anxious about how my body would cope with another ride today – especially when the B&B owner (who’s a cyclist) told me that the route I’d chosen today continued to be very hilly and difficult!
BUT...........it’s been a MUCH better day, and all I can say is that the hills of Devon and Somerset are not a patch on the hills of Cornwall! Yes, it was still hilly, but nothing even approaching the Himalayas of yesterday. And once I was up on the top of the moors the cycling even began to approach something vaguely resembling FLAT. Fantastic.
So I’ve managed today without too much trouble, and arrived in Bawdrip (at our friends’ house) at 2.45pm, much earlier than I had planned (Gill didn’t get there until half an hour later!)
The route has been through some of the loveliest countryside in Devon and Somerset, and the weather has been great – lots of sunshine but not too hot, and although the wind continued to be unpredictable it was pretty light so didn’t make too much difference even when it was in my face.
Actually met up with a couple of other cyclists today – I have passed absolutely nobody else in either direction cycling the route I took the first 2 days, which probably tells me something!
I’m struggling to eat as much as I’m meant to be eating – there are only so many calories you can pour into your body each day! So Gill now tells me that I’m starting to waste away.
But I’ve survived 3 days of the 12. I know that these were the ‘short’ days, when I was meant to be acclimatising my body to the ride, and tomorrow the mileage hikes up to 100, which is still more than I’ve ever cycled in one day. So, another new experience to look forward to...........
Sorry no pictures today – by the time I realised there was a lovely view I'd passed it!