First of all, here’s the all important picture from the big off!
I got chatting to a bunch of guys who’d just finished riding from John o Groats. They were all really psyched that I was doing it alone and gave me some real motivation to crack on. They’d had a headwind the whole way and said the hills around Okehampton were the toughest you get which just confirmed my decision to start at Lands End was the right one!
Day 2 – Okehampton – Bristol
Had a terrible night sleep, pissed down all night and the rain was so loud it sounded there were fat people dancing on the roof. Got off to a grey drizzly start which soon turned into a torrential downpour.. Luckily i’d gone for the raincoat/overshoe option to start with!
Met a nice old fella who rides for Somerset Cycling Club who kept me company for a few miles and helped me navigate my way through Taunton the easy way.
I was about 5 miles from Cheddar when I realised my phone had died and I had no idea where we were meeting for lunch. My knee had started playing up and I was beginning to flag a bit so it was a welcoming site to see Merryn and Adi chilling on a grass verge outside a pub with pints in hand.
After a lovely roast it was time for the final 17 miles into Bristol and was stoked to be accompanied by Adi.
Despite the killer hill on the climb past Bristol Airport and my bad knee we made it back in good time.. I was struggling to keep up with Adi most of the way!
Day 1 – Stats
Van Mles – 461
Bike Miles – 102
Day 2 – Stats
Van Miles – 580
Bike Miles – 198
Day 3 plan – Bristol – Gloucester – Worcester – Telford