Another huge full english breakfast! All my gear dried nicely in the room overnight and I set off in the fog over Kittow’s Moor at 11am.
The mist cleared to reveal some beautiful countryside as I rode tiny country lanes all the way to Launceston.
I skirted across the north of Launceston and got onto the A388 over the Tamar River and into Devon.
Stu and Denise were on holiday on their motorbikes and were riding around country lanes trying to find me and eventually we agreed to meet up at Riverford Lake Reservoir for some tea and fruit cake.
The sun was shining fiercely by the time I got there so Denise plastered me in sun cream.
At 4pm I had done a mere 20 miles and set off to cover some more miles before I ran out of day. The roadside verge coming out of the lake was so pretty, plastered in Oxeye Daiseys.
Devon is very rolling with steep valleys and so I pulled a big climb out of Bratton Clovelly. The route goes alongside and around Dartmoor which gave way to some stunning views at the top of the hills.
I had to do a short stretch along the A3079 to Okehampton which was a hairy ride due to very fast, overtaking oncoming traffic. I made a mental note to keep off the A roads as much as possible but in this steep and rolling country you don’t always have a choice.
I stopped for a spagbol in a very old pub in Okehampton and took a steep climb east out of town to Sticklepath, where I went too fast down the other side and missed my turning so I had to stop and ask a couple tidying up their busy day’s gardening for directions.
Climbing a steep hill up to Zeal I spoke with an interesting man who was smoking his pipe and taking photos of some Black Briony in the hedgerow, it was nice to meet someone who also has his head stuck in the hedgerows!
I went over the A30 to Spreyton and then I floated downhill through miles of small country lanes, having to slow once for a deer on the side of the road, continuing until 9.30 when I stopped at some woodland and took the track down to the end and set up camp.
I watched a hare and made small noises to make him twitch his ears; I had forgotten how big they are!
32.2 mph MAX 8.0 mph AVE 6 hours 11 minutes 04 seconds 49.86 miles
150.7 miles total