Day 15 – Bath to Tiverton
Day 15 – Bath to TivertonJuly
If it was going wrong, it was going wrong today!
Stew didn’t sleep as our hotel room was on the road side so it was noisy with the traffic in Bath. I was far too tired to even notice and slept like a log! Consequently, I woke up refreshed, Stew did not. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for me though I have myself a rash – all over my face! Likely caused from suncream or detergent – the joys of sensitive skin! Luckily for me Stew carried my steroid cream 800 miles just incase there was an emergency quite like this one! Stew tells me I still look pretty, but let’s face it he’s tired and delirious at this stage. I look like a reptile!
We were up and ready to go by 9am, a quick chain clean and ping – there goes the gear cables! Nope not my arch nemesis, the left gear shifter, the right one leaving me with 3 gears. Excellent. Today was going to be a long one.
We called a bike shop who were busy but squeezed us in, they had enough time to fix the right cable, but not the left stiff shifter. I was happy with that! It was last minute plus it was 10.30 before we got going and we had a lot of ground to cover.
It felt like a slog for Stew at first and the day was long especially with us being around 1.5hours behind schedule. That being said, let me tell you we cycled some stunning roads today. The miles towards and through Cheddar Gorge were my absolute favourite. What a stunning place – it almost rivals the highlands. We cycled along country roads where the trees on both sides meet, so you get a natural tunnel – my favourite thing second only to the sunlight on a mountain range. As soon as we saw the Cheddar Gorge sign we braved ourselves for a climb, but it did not come instead we had stunning downhills, on winding, quiet and smooth roads. A 16% downhill for what felt like a lifetime! It was a cyclists dream. It was with reluctance that I stopped to take pictures, but I couldn’t let the views pass me by!
The last 20 Miles seemed to take an age, we were moving but didn’t seem to be getting anywhere. We stopped for a couple morale boosting sweets but quickly demolished 2 bags!! (The state of my hands aswell.)
Our Air BnB hosts are just delightful. I had a beer placed into my fingertips before I sat down for tea. They let us cook, but we’re not allowed to wash up as it’s our holiday.
I liked today, it was turbulent in some ways but the views were lovely, the weather was good and the company is excellent – it’s not all bad.