Tremor, Halt Rd,
||Arr LE 11am to see gusty and rainy conditions. Nervous. 1st 1:5 after 2m not so bad. Signing at Penzance poor as was routefinding. As wind in NE and strong, difficult cycling in the hills. Arrived damp and should have changed right away. BnB OK, shower as no bath
||Cold start-strong N/NE winds, starting at LE was supposed to be a help given the prevailing SW winds. Good cycling out of Bodmin-Week St Mary (go back there) Met Nigel and had good fish supper prior to finding BnB-excellent if fussy. Excellent bath
||Some saddle soreness/rash, due to damp on first day.Cold start and some steep hills-walked up one with N, though managed monster outside Crediton. Lovely cycling most of day along Hogs Back - do again
||Lovely flat cycling all day, esp along canals to Bridgewater and beyond-detour to Brent Knoll for N to climb and me to mend 1st puncture. Great welcome from Nigel and Katie
||Ross on Wye|
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||Lovely and flat to Chepstow-parted from N when I had 2nd puncture, while he went to Wales. Big hill Chepstow/St Briavels. Headset started to go slack. Found shop at Ross, who promised to fix following morning
Rowley Farm, Harley
||Bike mended-headset dismantled, tho' convinced only needed tightening. Difficulty leaving Ross because of one way. Lovely contryside all day. Cool cloudy, overcharged for rolls at Leominster Chinese supper at Much Wenlock, before whizzing down the scarp to Harley
||Put up in (vacatd) bed of the daughter of the house. Host so talkative! Lovely farmers.
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||V nervous about threading way through Manchester, and found it easier and less risky than anticipated Good CTC route details, tho' unimpressed hitherto-greater use could have been made of road names and designations
||Shock start climb into Forest of Bowland, and another to Gt Harlow. Great coffee shop at Burton Lonsdale. Gorgeous cycling from Casterton
||Cold and misty, clearing to brilliant autumnal sunshine. Great coffeeshop at Brampton. Headset wonky again Eskdalemuir Borrowed an adjustable wrench off the antique shop next to the coffee! Fantastic day, R. Esk footbridge
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||Saddle soreness now really telling and therefore good to have an easy day, doing jobs. Spent time wandering around and on internet, Dreading ride to Peebles, but soon motivated. Lovely shoe shop in P. Haggis and neeps supper
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||Lovely cycle friendly host and send off. Easy route finding, against anticipated nightmare-again CTC directions. Roads not even busy! Wandered round Edin, with Chris, Lovely and sunny. Grotty BnB, great caf‚/ coffee
||Easy enough cycle ride in windy and wild weather. Sheltered from sleet in Cowdenbeath, in grotty 70's caf
Spey Valley Lodge
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||Gorgeous morning at Bankfoot, light S wind against strong N froecast. Some rain over Drumochter Pass, which was easy. Gt welcome at BnB, soup n tea, then supper offered. Log burner too!
Old Edin Rd
||Again unexpectedly good weather until Boat of Garten, then we got the previous Old Edin Rd two days bad weather in one afternoon. Late lunch to dry out at Tomtatin Inn remaining 20m only terrible v str NW winds as foecast-with sleet. Poor BnB, mean!
||N winds again, adequate lunch at Alness, after horrible crossing of Cromarty Firth Nigg Ferry not working as as poor weather. Thankful not taking A9 N.
||Stronger N winds to Crask, uphill 12m too. Swoop to Altnaharrah, good fireside lunch. Then gorgeous ride, F6 wind following round Loch Naver and thro most of Strath Naver. 70's style BnB, well used to End to enders
Sea View Hotelr
||F5 winds following made the first two climbs out of B. easier. After Armadale, scenery flat, a total surprise. Grotty hotel.
||caught 16.45 to Inverness, arr 20.00
||Catch 7.55am train to Exeter, via York, arr19.45pm
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