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Cardinal Spins 1: SW – Day 4

I went to bed in Holsworthy knowing that the next day held the prospect of some very unpleasant weather. I was supposed to be cycling south west a further 90 miles to a village called Constantine, to get me within reach of Lizard Point on Friday morning. That would make today a full day’s ride […]

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Cardinal Spins 1: SW – Day 3

Note – I have now had time to catch up on a full account of yesterday (Tuesday). Have a look back at that. And now for Wednesday … The Bristol Channel is a large – and very tidal – expanse of water that separates South Wales from the South West of England and it needed […]

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Cardinal Spins 1: SW day 2

Today’s ride was on the fringes of what was possible. I rode from Ironbridge in Shropshire to Porthcawl in South Wales – 129 miles and 7,550 feet of ascent. It was dry all day and very sunny for the last four hours! Breeze from the NW, so still cool; but good for cycling. This was […]

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Cardinal Spins – Day 1: SW from Hathersage to Ironbridge

Today was a brilliant start to my new adventure. I’m in Ironbridge, the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, by the River Severn, in Shropshire. As per the intended format of these trips, Jenni has joined me for a couple nights and a look around, before I push on. I left home on a cool and […]

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A New Adventure

2024 has been a strange and at times frustrating year so far. We spent most of the winter and spring at home while my wife, Jenni, recovered from an accident that landed her in a major trauma ward with a broken neck (amongst other things) and required two operations. She is thankfully recovering well – […]

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Answers to questions

I have been asked many questions, some repeatedly (like “Are you camping?” “No!”). However, I was posed three really fiendish questions recently by Tim. My answers took a bit of thinking about. Here they are. 1.  There is a lot of eating in your blog, a lot!  So what was your most memorable meal? More […]

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November Stats

In the month of November I rode from Map 193 in Honiton to Map 204 at the very end of my adventure in Fowey, Cornwall. I did it over 3 separate bursts of activity (5 days, 3 days and 1 day) during the best available weather windows. The days were short. It got dark early. […]

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Maps 203 and 204 – Land’s End to Fowey – the last day!

It had for so long seemed so far away; but all good things must eventually come to an end. Today was my very last day of cycling through all of the OS Landranger maps in numerical order. I had visited the first 202 already in my epic journey that started at the very top of […]

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Maps 201 and 202 – Dousland to Torquay

After yesterday’s gorgeous ride in sunshine from the wild Atlantic coast in Newquay, across the rolling and at times steep hills of Cornwall and over the River Tamar into Devon, I was now faced with the relatively straightforward task of riding onwards and downwards to the opposite coast at Torquay. The weather was due to […]

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November Plans – Final update!

I have made the decision to ride the last 2 maps on Monday 28th November! Jenni and I have just made the 400 mile journey to Lands End. In the morning, after breakfast, we will set out on the 65 mile ride to Fowey, at the far eastern edge of map 204. So far east, […]