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
Quite a tough day. It started badly with my chain breaking – ironically one of the few modern components on the bike. Although we only did 56 miles rather than the 64 yesterday, it felt harder. The route crossed lots of river valleys, each with a scary descent followed by a steep climb. We climbed almost 1500 metres in total, with quite a few gradients of 15-18%.
But the countryside was lovely…
And the cottages are cute – even one with a waterwheel attached…
So, 162 miles done so far – just over 15% of the total.
Years ago, i traversed the same landscape in the opposite direction, heading for Bude. It was hard going, it started to rain, I saw a hotel in Great Torrington: and ten minutes later was lying in a hot bath, with a cup of tea, and the door ajar into the room watching test match cricket on the box. My best ever opt out. (Not that I’m tempting you.)