The plan was to leave early, get to the Eden Project for 10, and ride to Tintagel in the afternoon but we decided to give it a miss rather than rush a visit and leave unsatisfied. We faffed about so much that we didn’t actually leave our accommodation until 10. We weaved our way via NCN3 to St Austell, quite a sprawling place, and found a Costcutter on the way out for lunch provisions.
We had only 32 miles to ride but much of it was on hilly and extremely minor roads with some off-road riding. We enjoyed a long section on the Camel Trail which ate up the miles more efficiently, after which the last few miles were hard. We’d gone this way to spend a night at Michael House, a vegan guest house but we’re starting to wonder if it would be worth the pain of the hills. Tomorrow is a worry, sixty miles to Barnstaple with heavy rain forecast.
Today’s distance: 32.9 miles (53 km)
Today’s ascent: 789 metres
Cumulative: 92 miles (148.2 km), 2222 metres