Wednesday 19 August 2015

Day 4 – Heading North At Last

After a hearty breakfast prepared by our charming host, Elizabeth it was time to clip in to the pedals and ride off. Today was the first day that felt like we were really heading north, with each turn of the cranks putting us closer to John O’Groats. And a chance to reflect that we had put a significant chunk of England – the south west peninsula - behind us.

We happily spun along the spectacular Wye Valley past the ruins of Tintern Abbey and seemed to be in Monmouth in no time at all. Our little group of 7 was in high spirits with lots of chatter amongst us. We’re all still learning about each other so conversation makes the miles fly by. All too soon we arrived at Ray’s Alfresco Diner for a welcome refuel and hot coffee. Then we were off again, darting between England and Wales as we followed the border. This is beautiful countryside with lots of small(ish) hills separating a series of hidden valleys. A few steep climbs (up to 20% in places) helped boost my heart rate. All too soon signs for Clun appeared and then a steep climb, a long fast descent and another climb and descent and Clun was in front of us.

Once we arrived I then set off on a little ride of my own to visit my Mum and Dad who are buried nearby in Lydbury North. Mum said my bike was rather dirty but I was always a messy boy! Thanks Mum. Then a quick whizz back to Clun with a photo stop outside The Sun – I have a photo of the last time I was here with a bike in 1974. Very little has changed.

Oh, I nearly forgot to mention that it rained for most of the day. But who cares!

Miles today 75 (+17)
Total miles from Land’s End  310
Miles to John o’Groats  676

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