Avoiding the blustery weather

I bumped into Jan outside Pets at Home who just happened to be riding the exact same route as myself and with a slightly iffy forecast we had both decided not to travel too far from home. It was an earlier start of 8.30 due to the pending rain and we started the ride from the bottom of Truro Hill. Coming across a closed road sign at the top, closed to cars but plenty of room for us on our bikes we rode traffic free for a while. Instead of braving the Norway Inn trees at what was still probably rush hour we went up and down through Perranwell Station to the Devoran roundabout and headed to Point. It was warm and sheltered along the Creek and of course very flat. Our coffee stop was to be Bon Appetit at Twelveheads which seemed dangerously near many times but the lovely route that was planned took us to Chacewater, Blackwater, Scorrier, by-passing St. Day with a left turn and then left again taking us eventually back to the Bissoe/Twelveheads road. Bon Appetit gave us a very cheery welcome and along with our coffees I had my first Mince Pie of the year, warmed, and Jan had a delicious Fruit Scone, both homemade. We took our coffees along to the Remembrance garden where there are plenty of seats, a lovely display of Poppies and some really funky bike racks made from tree trunks.
We could have stayed longer in the lovely surroundings but dragged ourselves away to ride home via Cusgarne, past Simons house and at Stithians crossroads we said our farewells. I went back through Ponsanooth, wiggling my way down to Packsaddle and down through Penryn where I stopped at Electric Petes to spend a voucher that I had. I bought some new shoe covers and a gilet, both florescent yellow and I feel a lot more visible now.
By keeping to the valley we managed to keep out of the wind but were really buffeted around when we did get to the higher ground. 33 miles for me, 40 for Jan, a really nice morning ride with lots of options for more loops to make it a longer ride on another day. Kath

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