Day 101

Tough Days, Tough Hills

What a week!

I had NO idea how tough the cycling in the South West would be. The hills are merciless, the rain unforgiving…….. and Torquay United’s ground seems to be at the top of a mountain! I had hoped to ride on today but the “easiest” road from Newton Abbot to Exeter is a straight 10 miles uphill climb and the infamous Exeter Hill from Teignmouth to Dawlish is simply a killer so I’ve decided to stay over and make a dash for Wells tomorrow.

Last night I went to bed with my laptop and was asleep before I had read my first email. 13 hours later I woke up!

So, as Bjørn warned me this would be a trip of high HIGHS and low LOWS. The visits to Keith and Carolyn in Hereford and Swansea were among the highest of the many highs. The night sitting outside is best simply forgotten about.

Happy memories keep me going. This is the “gang” from Swansea.

What else keeps me going? Knocking the grounds off one by one and today it was the turn of Exeter City. Sadly nobody was there to welcome me but it was good to get ground 71 ticked off and rejoice that it was very easy to find, well signposted …… and not at the top of a mountain!


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