Moor Hills to Get Home

IMG_0740For seven miles, the cycle path stretched across Dartmoor. Without a car in sight, we could relax and focus on the wild beauty of the moors first thing in the morning.

We were in the heart of Devon, still a county of hills. But by afternoon we would be in Somerset. The Levels beckoned (although Neil still seemed to find a hill to climb, even there).

Before then, we had the beauty of mid-Devon lanes. And the need to cover more mileage than any other day on the whole ride. 121 miles to reach home, in Bath, where we would pick up the other members of KPS1000 for the big push north.

IMG_0750Lunchtime and the temperature had reached 30 degrees. Progress slowed in the heat, and we had to stop to refill water bottles on an hourly basis.

The Somerset Levels gave way to the Mendips. We decided that Cheddar Gorge  was the “statement” climb that the End-to-End deserved. A fitting climb to mark the highest point in the Epilogue ride from Land’s End to Bath. “Epilogue ride” because the four of us had decided to add the Land’s End to Bath stage on to the main KPS1000 ride from Bath to John o’Groats, which was to start the day after tomorrow.

Then downhill all the way home. Awaiting us is a day of R&R – repair and rehydration in this case – as a reward for two days cycling 230 miles in a heatwave. Then on Sunday we’ll resume the LEJoG cycle north with the rest of the KPS1000 team.

Day 2: Okehampton to Bath: 121 miles; 6118 vertical ft ascent

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