Dist : 168 km
Riding time: 8:10:24
Total time (including stops) : 11:45
Riding time: 8:10:24
Ascent/descent (m): 2,424/2,301
I arrived in Okehampton later then planned at 19:00, after 168 km today. 10 km out I went for the extra chocolate rations for an energy boost.
The GPS was showing the hotel being in a little village 11km before Okehampton. I soon found out it was the White Hart Inn, not Hotel as I had booked. I had done a quick search and put the wrong address in the GPS.
So it was back on the bike for another tough 11km of climbing and final descent into the town. The hotel was on the way in and my bike was locked securely in the laundry.
Dinner was 2 cokes, 2 salads, garlic bread and a lasagna. I'd had a poor version of a hamburger at 13:00, so a decent pasta meal was welcome.
The riding was as expected, sharp ups and downs. Going thru Bodmin moors was on the only available road, the dual carriage A30, which to date I had done my best to avoid. The two Aussies killed last year on their first day on the A30 was mentioned by a few people I spoke to. The GPS did a good job finding the back roads, including some old roads that had to be entered via a gate. It's possible to start from Penzance on the A30, and it's fast and shortest route, but there are many warnings on the internet of the dangers and lunacy of riding with trucks and high speed traffic.
1. Launceston castle ruins- stumbled across it and spent an hour looking around the interesting Middle Ages ruins.
2. Cornish villages- some as close as 1km apart. Many have mining history and some of the big tailing mounds still exist and reclamation is under way.
3. Signs that display 14% descent. Enjoy it whilst it last, because physics dictates there will be a climb to match.
4. The sun was out. 40% chance of showers predicted, but it was a blue sky most of the day and generally a light tailwind.
5. Cafe Nero in Truro. A great hot chocolate at last.
6. Buying a 3G SIM for my phone with one month's unlimited data on the '3' network.
7. Talking/texting with the family. iMessage and Skype are great for keeping in contact.