A Biking Good Ride

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Day 5: YHA Leominster to YHA Clun

After the 11 hour ride of yesterday, it was time for a more leisurely 25 miler from Leominster (turns out it's pronounced 'Lemster') to the sleepy village of Clun.

We seem to have a problem with leaving in the mornings. Rising at 7:30am, we're never on the road before 10:30am.The pièce de procrastination résistance this morning was the creation of 'LEJOG' out of LEGO. I really need to get out more.

Day 4: YHA Cheddar to YHA Leominster

We demolished our breakfast in preparation for the biggest day in the saddle yet. It was a slow but steady start to the morning. A grey carpet of cloud, which resembled the flooring of an a 90s office block, pealed open, curled at the sides and dumped a fuzzy type of rain on us. It was bleak but our spirits we're high on flapjacks, mixed nuts, Murray Mints, coffee, full English breakfast, cereal, bananas, oranges, apples, chocolate, yogurt - all before 12pm.

Day Three: Bundu Campsite to YHA Cheddar

Today was easily our longest day, 86 miles. After yesterday's set back at the hospital, we needed to make up some miles to get back on schedule.

Day Two: Golant to Sourton Down

The day began with another hearty breakfast, a hot shower and amazing views over the River Fowey. Whilst munching our cereal reality finally sunk in. We assessed Tommy's injury which he acquired the previous day when stupidly falling off his stationary bike. Although he was putting on a rather brave face it looked painful. We made a call to our friend who is a nurse for some reassuring words. It was a very gutting situation. We didn't want to be one man down.

Day One: Land's End to YHA Golant

We all met on the train and rocked up in Penzance late afternoon, a short cycle later and we were in the grand surroundings of the Grade II listed YHA Penzance - first documented in 1170 and burnt down during the Spanish Armada. After a wholesome dinner, we went for a wander down into tow. With the offer of 'Cornish Knockers' on tap we were inexplicably drawn into the oldest pub in Penzance, the Turk's Head. 

A biking good ride: one day to go!

One day to go! The butterflies of nervous excitement are flying erratically around our midriffs. It seems a mighty long time since I received a phone call from Gareth asking if I’d like to go for a little pootle on my non-existent-bike with him and Tom. That ‘pootle’ turned out to be Land’s End to John O’Groats. My answer was a resounding “Yes!”

Preparing and planning for A Biking Good Ride

We'd like to tell you that a strict training schedule is underway but it's best we're honest. There isn't one.However, we're pretty chuffed with our overall progress. We're mastering the art of making lists of lists, ignoring weird pains from various body parts and all of us are finally bagging some miles in the saddle. It's nearly here. Tommy has completed his uni exams and hung up his crutches after a bionic recovery from a broken foot. Me, I'm counting down the minutes from my desk (sorry if the boss is reading this) and Tom is working super hard up until we leave on June 8th.

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