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Monday October 23 2017 
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Day One - Lands End to Lanivet

What a tremendous first day! We had a bit of a troublesome time getting everyone to the start but a couple of phone calls tracked down the missing support driver and all went well.

 

 

Eight of us lined up for the photo shoot at Lands End and we set off pretty much on time in glorious Cornish sunshine. It was a little misty at Penzance for St Michaels Mount to be seen at its best but it was still just as iconic. Between the garmin and the local knowledge of me and Adrian Colloff we got through the first stage without a hitch. The only minor issue was Nigel Gibbens’s lack of a cycle helmet but the support team of my daughter Viv, her partner Matt and Maysie the Labrador kicked into action and by the time we got to the first stop ay Trevaskis farm they had got him a replacement helmet so all was well.

We arrived at Trevaskis at the same time as our secondary support team – Falmouth Wheelers – who had come to accompany us for the next part of the journey. I cannot speak highly enough of the support that the wheelers have given me over the last five months and it was terrific to have them with us for part of the day.

George Eustice broke off from his election canvassing to join us for a coffee and bacon roll at Trevaskis and after a suitable photo call we were soon off again. The Garmin and my indifferent eyesight tried to take us down into Tehidy Park but luckily the Wheelers Long Ride group were on hand to put in the necessary course correction! Martyn Aldis(Wheeler) had provided the route for the day and it was fantastic. We stuck to the quieter roads and had some terrific sights of Cornwall.

After the Wheelers left us there was a minor Garmin glitch telling me to make U-turn but luckily by this time we were in familiar territory for Phil Elkins and Gareth Hately had OS maps on his phone so another minor course correction and we were soon in the Bay Tree Inn in Goonhavern enjoying lunch in the now rather hot Cornish sunshine. Terrific teamwork

Martyn and Margaret Aldis joined us at Goonhavern to shepherd us on the last leg to Lanivet so we weren’t going to go wrong on that bit! We met up with the Elkins family on the cycle way through Goss Moor – more photos and a bit of cheering. This track gave us our only minor incident of the day when we came across some walkers with a group of Labradors. One of the Labradors in a very Labrador way ambled across to stop right in the path of David Barrett who did exceptionally well to stop (just touching said Labrador) and just managed to get his right foot unclipped to avoid falling on ground/Labrador/passing child!

By 4:20 we were safely arrived at the St Benets Abbey in Lanivet. Giving us time to clean up and get ready for the amazing feast at the Lanivet Inn and a beer or two courtesy of St Austell brewery. A truly excellent end to an excellent day.

Day Two - Lanivet to Zeal Monochorum

When it comes to writing a blog about a day like today I’s really quite difficult. Gareth said wisely stick to the highlights but in truth there were so many highlights that even that will prove difficult. It’s been a glorious day from start to finish. We had a fabulous breakfast to start the day and then our support man for the day – Colin Scott – arrived and was totally engaged in the whole day right from the start. It makes a huge difference to an event like this if you feel that your back is covered and Colin was superb. Phil Elkins had to have a rejig of his gearing system to help with the hills so Colin duly took him off to Halfords and it was all fixed and he was soon able to rejoin the group. Meanwhile Ben Hutley from Kernow vets had joined the party and was our guide through the early part of the day taking us on the back roads around Bodmin and leading us up across the Northern boundary of Bodmin Moor. The weather was superb and the views over the moor were brilliant. Several ponies came across at one point to watch us but soon decided we weren’t very interesting!

The early part of the day was pretty hilly and it did take us a little longer to reach our first stop that I’d planned but it was worth it for the views and nature of the cycling.