Saturday Street to Chew Magna lake 
( 30 miles)

 



What a breakfast very very good best of the week. Chatted to a Malaysian couple whose son was staying at Millfield and progressing with his cricket, playing for Somerset 2nds and qualifying for England . Nuff said.
It was dull and overcast and the couple and the Malaysians all came out to wave us off. We saddled up on were on our way. We cycled the short distance to Glastonbury the Ancient Isle of Avalon. 

The sign says it all


And cycled thru the town for the experience. The Speaking Tree tea rooms, the Museum of the occult (Graeme said it should be in Crook) and interestingly dressed people everywhere you looked.

We cycled over the flat plain towards Wells following the sounding stones which were placed every 1km . We took some photos and Graeme made jokes about its here where they stop and put a stone in their shoes ..

Graeme rings the bell while Colin chants


Into the cathedral City of Wells the smallest in England. It was a bustling and interesting city. We saw some other multi day men at the cathedral.

Cycled out of Wells and towards Wookey Hole. We were starting to climb, we stopped at Wookey Hole caves for an ice cream and presents, before the long long climb onto the top of the Mendips. 

Ice creams at Wookey Hole

It was also getting warmer and I had the wrong top on and boy as I pushed the last part of the climb did I perspire. So much so I had to change at the top.

Drying off at the hill top
(believe me its better covered up)


Undulating countryside now to the village of Priddy the highest village in the Mendips. The Mendips were wild and not as pretty as out moors. We cycled steadily across the Mendips to the last stamping station at Charterhouse comer a Adventure centre plus old Roman camp.

We stopped walked in and around the building it was wide open with computers food etc everywhere and no one about.

Just at that the Warden returned, he got a bit excited due to the fact the
 place was wide open, but we calmed him down and got our stamp, before riding on. He wont leave it unlocked again.

We hit the top of the Mendips and looked out over the valley and the lake ,we phoned to see where Karen and Jane were, still stuck in traffic so we throttled back ,as it was downhill all the way, we had a pint in a pub down the hill and guess what it had to go back again! !!!I Bests Bristol beer.

We eventually got the call they were in position so we cycled steadily around the lake and into the adventure park, supposedly in echelon but we got mixed up and all nearly crashed at the gate.

Jane and Karen were waiting Camera rolling photos and T shirts and certificates even the sun came out. A Great ride was again over. Chew magna will be a good starting point for next years leg

Thanks for the certificates Karen
and the T shirts Jane
but sorry only Multi Day men photos on this site.

(unless we have a change of heart by popular request)


I've already bought the maps.

We loaded up the bikes and then had an excellent cream tea before the long drive home via Bristol and the Severn bridge (ah well it let me recce part of next years route)

All in All 356 miles (300 uphill) A Great ride in great weather...

AWARDS

Well we all have new nicknames !!

Colin - The BISHOP BULLET as he chases everything cant bear to be
overtaken until he hits the next junction.

Graeme - MR Map. A superb map reader who knows where we are all the time,
well he gives us that impression.

Malcolm - Wall Walker in honour of my low geared Claud Butler which I still
had to push!

Best Digs - Holmfield Guest House Sennen, great value, great views, great
breakfast and beautiful rooms.

Best breakfast - Street
Best meal - Cornish Pasty and Chips at the Shipwrights Padstow.

Best Pint - Cornish Tinners which was good every time but took some beating
at Shipwrights Padstow

Best Pub - See Above
Worst Digs - Redruth
Worst pint - Redruth
Best laugh Fish Shop Redruth ?

Best Quotes - Colin "Malcolm turning into a pub".

Me " We'll avoid the Coast and go the flat way.
Graeme " Somebody's left the Door open" Redruth

Colin " Where are we again"

Guy to Colin at Lands End about his bike. "Is that something
you've made yourself"

Another great ride............ Next year Chew Magna to York!

 

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