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Day One of Martin’s Challenge

Had a great breakfast at the b and b before the 4 miles ride down to Land’s End (for a mile of which it rained a bit). There were quite a few cycling groups there (including those cheating with support vehicles!). Did the expected picture at the sign (I wish it were only 874 miles) and then at dead on 9.00 we set off.

After calling back at the b&b on the way to Penzance for a quick coffee, our first brief stop was for a photo at St Michael’s Mount. Cycle route 3 then took us north – great quiet roads with the occasional off road section. Sunday roast in Redruth then a great run through the tin mines towards the King Harry chain ferry (must mention Mike here – a 73 year old cyclist who we cycled along a chatted with for a few miles). Then it was a bit of a slog through the countryside until we got to Fowey near St Austell where we caught another little ferry. The problem with ferries is how steep the valleys are on either side!!

The final stretch to Liskeard was really difficult not least because I was hungry and not a shop to be found anywhere. Made it to the premier inn for a large evening meal and no doubt a big sleep.