Where did Portreath go?

I’ve just finished an online exercise class and while waiting for the kettle to boil so I can take Clive a cup of tea I will write about our ride to Portreath that we did yesterday.
I had had a look at a Strava post from Colin for the route which was Halvasso, Twelveheads, Blackwater, Portreath. Easy, what could go wrong. Unfortunately, I am well known for never knowing where I am going or where I am so this was always going to be interesting.
We set out on the usual route to Halvsasso, a quick right and left to eventually get to the Burncoose Nursery junction. With a left down past Simon’s house we saw him in the garden mending a puncture on his mountain bike which he was heading out on. A quick check of our route with Simon and we confidently set off. This was all now familiar territory. Chacewater, left just before Bissoe and onto Blackwater. We crossed the slightly busier main road and went up the hill through Blackwater. I knew we didn’t want to turn right at the ATV crossroads so we carried on as I’m sure we never turn left at that junction.
Strangely the next signpost said Porthowan 3 miles, hmm, that’s not right. I sped on ahead to the junction that I knew and this said Perranporth 6 miles, St.Agnes 3. Clive being the most patient person ever just looked at Google maps and tried to find us a route to Portreath. We could have just gone to Porthtowan but he knew my mind was set on Porthreath so he tried to re-route us. We took a left at the junction we were at which took us back on to the road that comes out of Porthowan. With an incorrect turn down another lane we re-traced our steps to the road. With Scorrier just 1.5 miles away off we went knowing that Portreath was not going to be our coffee destination. Etheringtons the butchers was our coffee stop though. They were selling pasty’s from the entrance and coffee from the shop. We didn’t have a pasty though I think Clive would have liked one, he deserved a pasty really.
We then took the usual route back past the Caravan shop, the top of Mount Ambrose, Sandy Lane and the top of Lanner. Clive’s battery was getting a little low so we took what I thought was the easier route around Stithians lake only to find the road closed in Carmenellis due to them putting the services into a new house. Luckily they let us through as otherwise the diversion was through Carnkie which I didn’t fancy.
It was a good ride out (40 miles) even though we didn’t get to see the sea and we weren’t sure if there was anywhere open in Portreath for take away coffee. Tideline is open on Wednesday I understand though.

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