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Day 56 – Newquay to Lands End

Day 56 – Newquay to Lands End

Last day. It’s taken 56 days to make the whole journey; from John O’Groats to Lands End. I’ll do a summary of some stats in the next post, but here’s to final day – Newquay to Lands End. Started off misty. This was taken cycling out of Newquay. Much less wind Made it a much more pleasant journey. My pedal had also ceased, which was putting some considerable drag on me which I hadn’t realised. I got this fixed by…

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Day 55 – Tavistock to Newquay

Day 55 – Tavistock to Newquay

A whole day with the the wind in my face. A full 16-30 kph of it. Pedalling down the hills kind of style. In addition, Google decided I was a CAR and sent my down the A30. So THANKS GOOGLE Pain in the ass….. Anyway. I’m here now. Holed up in the Griffin Inn, right in the very heart of Newquay. Party capital of the south coast. I’m having a shower and feeling absolutely shattered. Newquay Fancied fish & chips,…

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Day 54 – Exeter to Tavistock

Day 54 – Exeter to Tavistock

Through the National Park, which turned out to be extremely hilly. Climbed the same height as Ben Nevis during the course of the day. I must admit, I did some of it walking. This particular road took me up a steep embankment from the River Teign. It was never ending. Google Maps Google kept trying to turn me back from this route, (through the national park), and send me round the A30, (around the edge of the park). (Visited 15…

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Bonnie Revival

Bonnie Revival

That’s right! The Bonnie Journey is to be revived. And finished! All the way to Lands End. Not from here in Aldermaston. But from where I left off, Exeter where I sustained my knee injury. Exeter to Tavistock I’ll take the train down there. Pretty pleased the weather has deteriorated slightly. Cycling at 30 degrees isn’t always that comfortable. Especially for upwards of 5 hours a day. Gets a bit grating. Journey begins tomorrow, when I will begin bringing you more…

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Bonny Journey

Bonny Journey

Aborted! At least for now, whilst I let my knee rest… The sensible thing to do was let my knee recover. After leaving the Gypsy Hill Hotel, I got about 3/4 mile down the road before I realised it was just not going to be possible to go any further. It feels OK. When I put any pressure on it, it starts to hurt. Exeter to Lands End When I start again, I commence where I left of. I believe…

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Day 53 – Taunton to Exeter

Day 53 – Taunton to Exeter

Knee isn’t much better. I’ve decided it’s the tendons at the back of the kneecap have become slightly inflamed. Tendonitis I believe it’s called. I personally don’t think it’s very serious, although there’s no doubt it’s going to slow me down, roughly by about 1/2 the amount each day. Today, I took it particularly easy, just travelling to Exeter, or thereabouts. Somerset into Devon The most significant development of the day was moving between the counties of Somerset and Devon….

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Day 52 – Seend Park to Taunton

Day 52 – Seend Park to Taunton

A drab and dreary day, that took me down through Frome, across to Wells, down to Glastonbury and in to Taunton. About 70 miles. The damp weather has caused some problems with my knee, and I’m not sure how it’ll be functioning tomorrow. I’m going to book something close, and not risk straining it. Canaltime Spent most of the morning cycling down the canal towpath. Stopped for a coffee in Monkton Combe at the Angelfish café, where some other cyclist…

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Day 50 – Seend Park to Bradford on Avon

Day 50 – Seend Park to Bradford on Avon

I don’t think I’ve hated anywhere in England more than Bradford on Avon. It’s snotty, fascist, ‘Little England-esque’, chocolate box nimbyism got me feeling the place would be better off bombed. Never wish to go there again. I’ve been to places all over the UK. All over Europe. Been to 55 countries. All across the world. I’d rather hang out in Salford than here. Wigan. All better. Horrible. Anyway, on with the journey. Bonny End I made my way down…

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Day 49 – Caen Hill Marina to Seend Park

Day 49 – Caen Hill Marina to Seend Park

An easy half day, leaving Caen Hill at around 12pm after buying a bell for my bike in Devizes and having my lunch. Engine As you may have read, I fixed the engine myself. Believe it or not, it actually runs better now. In the new smoother Bonnie, I took off through the gates of Caen Hill along my merry way. Double parking It wasn’t long before I hit some locks. There’s just so many of them on this canal….

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Day 48 – Caen Hill Locks

Day 48 – Caen Hill Locks

Diesel hasn’t sorted the engine out, it now needs ‘bleeding’. Whilst the engineer I spoke to yesterday agreed to make it for 10, his cat was taken ill in the night, and their were some complications and confusions. These weren’t helped by the fact that my phone was flat and I couldn’t get a signal. Whatever, I decided to pull the boat down to the next marina. 7 Locks away. Caen Hill Marina The boat is now moored in Caen…

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