A night at home is a very strange thing when you’re in the middle of something like JOGLE, with only one day to go it felt very odd and Richard and I both agreed that perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea as it seemed when we planned this. Its not that we didn’t enjoy being with our loved ones it was just a bit unsettling to our equilibrium. There was however the chance for Richard’s elder children to join us for dinner, which is always nice, and Cameron helped his dad wash both the bikes whilst Granddad skived off for a soak in the jacuzzi at St. Mellion.
Saturday morning saw us up at 6.15 and on our way by 7.40 after another cooked breakfast to set us up for the day. We were joined for this early departure by Mike Watson and Morgan who rode with us until Bodmin Rugby Club. Mike commented at the end that he had ridden on roads he’d never been on before! Well from Callington we went via Golberdon, Pensilva, Darite and Carminnow Woods a good 2 hours of ups and downs to continue amassing yet more metres climbed. We both enjoyed having company for this early part of the day which set us up for the final hours on the road.
It was then off towards Lanhydrock and Lanivet, quickly followed by Roche,Victoria and Indian Queens, yes there is such a place. We then entered a flat section, which cannot often be said about Cornwall, and just before 12 stopped for a drink and top up of the water bottles, being just over half way. There was then a spell of passing signs for Newquay,Truro and numerous coastal resorts as well as Redruth. On through Camborne and Hayle, where the harbour development is at last under way, and then it was back to the up and down routine until we dropped into Penzance with a fantastic view of St. Michaels’ Mount and Mounts Bay.
With only 10 miles to go we then hit the big hills again straight out of Penzance, the first one being at 15% on a narrow, busy road. Being a coward and not wanting to cause an accident I decided after 200 metres the safest way was on foot! We were now well on target for a 3.30 finish, and after a series of descents and climbs we joined the A30 for the final mile.
Eventually arriving at 3.10 to be met by Kath, Louise and family, Laura and children, and David and Dawn with their friend Caroline. It was then off to the fingerpost for photos and hugs and kisses followed by cream tea with Champagne. photos will be published separately when I have the necessary leads.
I am now having a few days R&R whilst I celebrate my 65th Birthday and will complete the story and reflections once we’re back home.
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The last day Cornwall End to End
Jogle End to End
Challenge65 THE END!