Jul 11, 2011

130 miles rollin’ through cheese country

We left late today, 0930 before we got breakfast in, maps in pockets and fuel for the day. I think we were quietly apprehensive about what was ahead.

This was the most the big ‘M’ and I had ridden in a day, and we wanted to know when the pain was going to start.

The first 30 miles where through car-less rolling Devon countryside. Dramatic views raced past our peripheral vision and tore our eyes away from the Tarmac.

Taunton was the first big conurbation today. We flaked out under the firs in the grounds of the Court Buildings.

There was a killer hill on the approach to Bristol Airport, but once crested, a 3 mile descent came as just reward.

Tony met us in a lay-by with hot soup around Bristol. By this stage we were half way, and hoping the next half would be flat.

Thankfully the run in to Gloucester was pretty horizontal. There was a dramatic event where a milk truck lost part of it’s tyre and wheel arch, leaving debris strewn across the carriageway. I jumped off and flagged down the fast approaching traffic while someone retrieved bits of truck from the outside lane.

Quirky encounter of the day: a man dragging a 12 foot cross southwards. We didn’t know where he was from or where he was going, but we wish him well. It looked just as tough as our escapade.


  • John Norwood

    Fantastic progress boys – well up to “Tour” standard……must be all those Weetabix!  Well done.  Love Dad

Links and information

  • Just Giving charity page We have set up a page to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society, please donate if you can
  • Map of our route We initially used Google maps to plan the route, here it is in it’s entirety.
  • Mule bars for energy These yummy natural bars will be keeping us going all the way up to John O’Groats
  • Strada Wheels These guys hand built a new set of hoops for Martin to ride for the trip

Our photos

One down...to goThe first puncture, CornwallRehydratingRiver WyeBristol docksCelebratory breakfastThe evening ritualAn ice bath substitute in Loch LomondCalories'In or oot'Tartan rug hiding stuff, on the drive homeCooling off in Loch LomondThe morning afterYachts off InvernessFeet up 2Feet upFlaked out in GloucestershirePuncture!Beer, protein shakes and Mule BarsSilhouette on the Erskine Bridge