I hope today will prove to be my toughest day as, despite a good start geeting to the Severn Bridge in nice cycle routes (including the M5 Avonmouth flyover which has a cycle path on it), I had real problems with …. shall I say my cycle shorts!?!
Cycling up the Wye Valley was supposed to be a highlight but Scotland seemed a long way away.
However, I worked out my shorts were not properly protecting my (as Forrest Gump said) butt- tocks so I tried changing back to my main cycling shorts and added another layer of other shorts. I can’t say it solved the problem but I was certainly less uncomfortable!!!
Anyway, a good bit of lunch in Chepstow was quickly followed by a recurrence of my pedal problem so I took the toe clip off and cracked on.
Then it rained for 5 minutes – the first of the trip as we headed north to Monmouth where it seemed the right time to visit one of the nice pubs there!!
Another 5 minutes of rain as we headed uphill out of Monmouth was remedied by us crossing the border back into England so hopefully no more rain for the trip now.
Andy then spotted a Land’s End style sign in a village called St Weonards which was an obvious photo stop The rest of the day took us through Hereford and Leominster, avoiding the A49 as much as possible, before a very strong paced finish up to Wooferton where we had a Travelodge booked.
Nice meal in a nearby pub then bed. The local news was Midlands Tonight to confirm we had finally left the southwest behind. Onwards and upwards tomorrow then!!
300 miles in a village called Upper Hill (very apt for today!!)