With no Audax or Pathfinder rides this year I thought I’d try and whip up some enthusiasm for an away day ride where a different starting place would give us an opportunity to cycle on different roads…. how many more times can you go up Halvasso?
So, with a favourable forecast and many messages later, five of the OGILs I usually cycle with planned to meet at the lay-by just past the Chinese restaurant near Perranuthnoe at 9.30 to make a circular tour of Penwith. Sadly two cancelled at the last minute leaving just Phil Conroy, Dean and me.
We made a fast pace through Marazion, Penzance and Newlyn and as we hit the first hill leaving Mousehole my chain separated at the quick link….had I fixed it together properly after a major bike service? Luckily I had a spare a swiftly refitted it and off we rode.
The breeze freshened as we pedalled through St Buryan and continued our way to Trevescan where we were greeted with a warm welcome at the Apple Tree cafe. We took a much needed rest and enjoyed eggs, toast and hot drinks. As we were leaving a guy asked Dean
“I like your gloves, where can I get some like that?” and then showed how loud his bell was! You meet all sorts on these bike rides!
Off we went, through Sennen, past Land’s End airport and St Just climbing and freewheeling the iconic roads towards St Ives. We stopped to take a photo of some steam engines at Bosigran.We turned off the road and cycled through Towednack and joined the holiday route past the Lakeside cafe swooping down to Lelant. Then it was a fairly easy ride along the causeway, through St Erth and back to Marazion and St Michael’s Mount where Dean and I stopped for a coffee.
A fantastic ride, only 47 miles, but half what it would have been if I’d cycled from home!
I’m hoping to arrange another Away Day in November…perhaps a virtual Pathfinder or virtual Audax. If the runners can I’m sure we can.