Those "crazy" dads have been at it again.
During the long winter nights of Champions League football at the Gardener's Arms, Peter hatched a plan to cycle from Biarritz to Barcelona. From French Atlantic to Spanish Mediterranean, over the Pyrenees (thankfully it eventually dawned on us that this may be too tall an order for a 5 day trip).
So a variety of other cycling permutations were worked through (Western Isles of Scotland, Caledonian Canal, Ireland). Eventually the team arrived at a plan:
Land's End to London
So on the morning of Thursday 21st June we made our way to Paddington station for the 9:05 to Penzance. It so happened that on that morning Paddington was full of two distinct groups of people: those off to Ascot for Ladies Day and those off to Glastonbury (two ends of the spectrum if there ever was), but nice views none the less!
British Rail (or whatever they are called now), were up to their usual tricks of delayed departures, missed connections, cancelled trains and trees on the line and we eventually arrived at Penzance around 5:30 p.m. (having chatted up a young lady in first class with us, only to find out that she was a Cornish MP! - Julia Goldsworthy).
We set off for Land's End, up hills, into the wind and eventually turned for home around 6:30 p.m.
The next 4 days were quite an experience: 4 days, 310 miles, 2 punctures (both Andy), rain, rain, rain, a lot of food and beer, and a great time had by all.
On completion Phil summed the trip up fantastically well - ".....we may have been hurting, cold, wet and miserable at times, but we haven't thought about work, or the routine daily grind, for 1 minute, as every moment has been occupied with the next mile, the next hill......"
Over nights were at: Helston, Tavistock, Crewkerne and Whitchurch (hants.)
Here are a few photos (not as many as last year as we were kinda busy).
Day 1: Land's End to Helston
Day 2: Helston to Tavistock
Day 3: Tavistock to Crewkerne
Day 4: Crewkerne to Whitchurch
Day 5: Whitchurch to Richmond Park