Crantock – Penzance
4903 feet climbed
2975 calories burnt
Cumulative miles cycled = 2,846.90 miles
Cumulative feet climbed = 150,028 feet
Cumulative calories burnt = 126,676 calories
Today, I am happy to say was actually a really good cycling day – there was nothing of note to complain about! It was also a milestone day because we finally took our third left turn at Land’s End. It was a nice feeling to have done LEJOG in 2011 and now to have cycled JOGLE this year, albeit the long way round!
It also means that we have cycled the longest coast of Britain, the West coast; taking in Scotland, a bit of England, the whole coast of Wales and then some more of England. We’ve now just got the south coast, which is approximately 450 miles and then the remainder of the east coast to take us back up to Middlesbrough.
As we were trying to get a lot done today, Dad and I woke up pretty early, had breakfast and got on the road as quickly as possible. It was about 9:00am by the time we had pedaled out of the campsite. The weather was meant to be fine and clear all day, but as we set off quite early it was pretty chilly. When we got out of Crantock and down to Mount a rain cloud hovered over us and started spit-spotting, it didn’t last for long and eventually we were treated to a rainbow.
The climbs we had in the morning were nothing like what we’ve encountered over the past couple of days, they felt more like undulations and were a welcomed change! The only noticeable climb for me was the one out of Portreath, you dip down into the town, go past the beach and then there’s a hairpin back on yourself to start the climb out. As it was such a clear day, it was great when we got to the top because you could see for miles!
Lunch was in Hayle, Harry and Mum had found a Lidl to park up in and the manager’s were very kind and said we could stay there as long as we needed. My brother Bradley and his two children Lucy and Louis came to visit us, both the children were excited to get out on their bikes!
Once lunch was over, it was just the big push to Land’s End – the weather was absolutely glorious so we were in for a great afternoon of cycling. From Hayle we followed the A3074 to St. Ives then we continued on the B3306 to St. Just. Along the St. Just road the scenery was absolutely stunning, sprawling expanses of green fields and then the Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye could see. Everything looked that little bit extra beautiful because of the weather being so clear and sunny!
On hitting St. Just it felt as though we were a mere stone’s throw from Land’s End and when we hit the A30 we could almost see it! As we were approaching the hotel that sits on Land’s End (where my brother and his wife got married), Dad and I had a little reminiscing session about the journey so far – I mentioned that I don’t think many father/daughter duo’s would be able to say they’ve done something like this together!
On reaching Land’s End, we had the obligatory photograph, and as we were having ours another set of cyclists had just finished their ride from John O’Groats so we started chatting to them. They had done their ride in aid of Help the Hero’s and the chap cycling kindly gave us a glass of champagne to toast our achievement to date. We didn’t stay too long, although as always I could have chatted to them all day, because we still had to push on to Penzance.
I think Dad was pretty tired, so we followed the A30 all the way to Penzance, as we reached the town’s train station, we found the cycle way along the front to Marazion where the Motorhome was camped up. Bradley and the kids were with Mum and Harry, and he’d kindly brought his bike work stand so Mum could wash the bikes. Dinner was a manic affair, try having four adults, three young children and a dog in a six-berth Motorhome at once! We ate curry for dinner and Brad treated us to some Cornish cider, that went down a treat!
Although Mum and Harry found us a wonderful overnight spot that is about 10 metres from the sea with a stunning view of St Michael’s Mount, we are right next to the mainline train tracks, so it could prove to be a noisy night’s sleep… I’ll let you know tomorrow!
Brad is hopefully joining us for the cycle tomorrow and we’re also cycling to the southern-most tip of the mainland Lizards Point, so with all of this excitement due, I best get off to sleep so we can make the most of the day.
Please remember that Kirsty Medlock and her Dad, Stephen are cycling the 4,400 miles round the coast of Britain to raise £10,000 for Clifton’s Children Society (CCS) Adoption, the agency that facilitated an adoption for family friends. Please follow this link to donate as much as you can http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/cycling4adoption
Many, many thanks in advance!