Monday 1st October 2012 – Day 50

Tregony (North of St. Mawes) – Brixton (the Devon one!)

54.69 miles

4676 feet climbed

2857 calories burnt

Cumulative miles cycled = 2,962.32 miles

Cumulative feet climbed = 159,032 feet

Cumulative calories burnt = 132,330 calories

Overnight it rained heavily making it difficult to sleep, we couldn’t complain though because it meant that we had another completely dry day again. I’m struggling at the moment because I’ve got a bit of saddle-sore, so when I went to get back in the saddle this morning, it was rather – how should I put this ‘delicate’. I’ve managed all these miles with out chamois cream but unfortunately I think it might be time to crack the Assos pot out (no pun intended).

As we had navigated some distance off my route because of Dad’s tiredness, the Garmin was pretty redundant over the morning’s cycle. We set off along the B3278 towards Hewas Water, and then I took us along the main roads to get to St Austell where we rejoined my plotted route. Yes, it may be hard to believe, but a woman can cycle and map read and navigate all at the same time ;-)!

The roads over the morning’s ride were covered in mud and grit from the rain over night, meaning our bikes that had only been cleaned a couple of days ago by Mum, were now dirtier than ever. All of the grit made my bike rather chatty, squeaking and complaining up the hills, especially in the crank area, but nothing that a bit of oil won’t sort out.

It was an incredibly tough day overall, so I’m afraid it will be a rather short post tonight. We set off from our lay-by on the A3078 towards Torquay, we then headed north-east on the B3287 to join the A390 into St Austell.

Once I had navigated us through St Austell we were on the hunt for Fowey along the A3082 to take the Ferry across Bodinnick. After the ferry crossing we were meant to meet the Motorhome towards Hessingford, but after realising how tired Dad was, I decided to re-arrange the lunch stop closer to us.

We had a steep climb after the ferry over River Fowey, and over the next couple of miles we battled the ascents. The roads were caked in mud, from all of the farm vehicles so it was difficult on some of the climbs, as we kept spinning out.

Eventually we found the Motorhome for lunch on a slip road for a campsite on the B5253, a couple of miles before ‘No Man’s Land’ and a Monkey Sanctuary (unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit!). Dad was so shattered over lunch, he feel asleep, so Mum and I left him to it and took Jasper for a short walk (Harry may have also been napping in the cab too!). Over lunch I made the decision to find a campsite to stay overnight in. So we found one in Brixton the other side of the second ferry of the day past Plymouth.  It makes the cycle easier knowing 100% where you will end up, as you have a definitive mileage.

The whole afternoon we followed the A374 to Torpoint and over the River Tamar we joined the A379. Surprisingly beyond Plymouth along the busy A379 we were treated to a wonderful cycle lane separated by some distance from the traffic!

It wasn’t long before we were at the campsite enjoying long hot showers! I booked a meal for us at the local pub ‘The Foxhound’ in Brixton, and we had a beautiful three-course meal. Mum, Harry and I had steak, the beef was sourced from a local farm!

It was an early night for everyone as the weather forecast for tomorrow mentioned rain at 3:00pm so we need to be up sharpish to get the miles in!

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

Many, many thanks in advance!

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