Old Bloke On An Old Bike

The story of the restoration of a 1950s classic bicycle for a Land's End – John O'Groats charity ride in aid of Alzheimer's Society

13 Jun 2016: Stage 2 complete

A terrific day. We covered 64 miles from Truro to Upton, near Bude. Beautiful Cornish countryside, with densely wooded river valleys and lots of short steep climbs and descents – about 1500 metres total gain/loss of elevation.

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Part of the ride was on the Camel trail – the track bed of a disused railway by the side of the Camel river.

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When we were starving hungry, just as it started to rain, we came across the Snail’s Pace cafe.

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The proprieters were really kind and have made a donation to our charity appeal.

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We’re in good shape, the bikes are going well, apart from a gear cable coming adrift on Eric’s bike which held us up for a few minutes. Now off to the local Italian to do yet more eating…
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… after a beautiful little walk by the sea.

3 comments on “13 Jun 2016: Stage 2 complete

  1. roy Booth
    June 13, 2016

    I’m expecting a daily tally of successful front shifts using the ‘suicide lever’.
    By the way, if the University of Essex aren’t paying you enough, take a stall full of your retro-light / LED conversions to Eroica events and make a killing.

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  2. Heather
    June 13, 2016

    Positively idyllic countryside, lucky you and you are off to a great start. I spent the day in REF meetings…. say no more. Enjoy! Heather

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  3. Steve Pudney
    June 19, 2016

    Hi Roy. Sorry I haven’t had time to reply – by the time I’ve got in at the end of the day, had a beer, eaten, and written a brief blog, I’m starting to lose consciousness… The suicide lever works pretty well, but it’s hardly a racing gear change, and reaching down to operate it puts a lot of stress on neck & shoulder. Can’t believe they really used them in major road races….

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