Smuggler’s Den to Kittow’s Moor

I had a bad hayfever reaction last night which I thought would be gone by the time I woke up but on waking I couldn’t open my left eye at all. It was stuck together and too swollen to wear my close fitting cycling glasses, I even took a photo of my face┬áto see how bad it actually was; I look like I’ve been in a boxing ring! I also had some minor sun burn on my forearms, I was so busy putting factor 50 on my nose and face I forgot about my arms DOH!

Blasted hayfever!
Blasted hayfever!

I was packed up and left camp at 8.30 in the misty rain.

Road from Smuggler's Den rough camp
Road from Smuggler’s Den rough camp

As I approached Newquay the rain got heavier but there was some respite as my brother was at a camp site there so I met Stu and Denise and had breakfast with them. I got a couple of slices of cucumber to put on my eyes which helped with the swelling. I set off again at 11 and the rain had ceased although there was still some mist hanging in the air.

Trevelgue Head
Trevelgue Head

There were steep climbs out of Newquay and Mawgan Porth and the coastline was beautiful. I stopped at a National Trust tea shop at Bedruthan Steps and had a pot of tea and some slices of cucumber!

Watergate Bay
Watergate Bay

I continued along the B3276 to Padstow and took the 3pm passenger ferry over to Rock on which a lady from Launceston gave me a fiver for Macmillan. A fine and heavy rain started and so I stopped for another cup of tea (and slices of cucumber) at St Endellion.

Rock plants
Rock plants

The terrain was rolling but I had a head wind and was rather wet by the time I got to Delabole where shortly after I took the A39 to the A395 through Davidstow and Hallworthy.

Wee stop at St Endellion
Wee stop at St Endellion

The A395 was actually a really good road to ride, rolling and quick but due to the rain getting heavy and it being past 7pm I didn’t fancy camping out on the moors with nothing but some dried fruit so I stopped at the Wisley Down Hotel and booked in for the night. They let me put the bike and trailer in the cafe and I had a dodgy but lovely warm shower and draped all my gear around my single room to dry it all out.

The sea
The sea

I had fish and chips and a really good night’s sleep.

36.5 mph MAX 7.7 mph AVE 6 hours 17 minutes 16 seconds 48.31 miles

100.9 miles total

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