Day 1 - Lands End to Wadebridge


At Lands End, ready to roll!

This was a wonderful start to the trip. Left Lands End at 9 am, having obtained the necessary stamp on my 'record sheet'. There had been a sharp shower on the way from my B&B - but there was no more rain the whole day. A strong south-westerly was the perfect accompaniment for my north-east route, so I made good progress to Penzance, retracing my route of the previous evening but doing it in one hour compared to yesterday's 1 1/2. Beautiful sunny morning with glorious views of the bay and St Michael's Mount.

Soon after Marazion I experienced my first act of kindness. I stopped to buy some lunch, paid and went back to my bike. The shopkeeper came rushing out with a package in her hand. 'What did I forget?', I asked. Nothing - it was a donut on the house. A long distance cyclist passed at great speed but didn't stop to compare notes. I saw no other signs of end-to-enders.

The countryside became more rolling, with few distinctive features. A lot of up and down. I passed a 1900 Bible chapel with a notice outside, 'Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future. Quite a few motorists waved or even honked to greet me. I stopped for lunch and then continued to Truro (40 miles) where I turned north through some small lanes, following the Cycle Touring Club route. After lunch I began to feel really tired, but a bottle of Lucozade helped me find a second wind. I eventually reached St Columb Major, a slightly drab town which I had considered as a possible overnight venue if necessary. But it was not even 4 pm and too early to look for B&Bs, so I decided to continue to my prefered destination, Wadebridge. I took a back road to avoid the main A road, and climbed high over the moor, reaching close to my highest point of the day (c. 650 feet). Then a lovely long descent into Wadebridge where I rang a B&B place who had space.

All in all a great day, though I feel quite tired. 69 miles, average speed 10.2 mph, total ascent 5,750 feet. No mechanical troubles.