Day 18 – July 6, 2021

Hi guys….well as per tradition here we go! 

We ate last evening at the Wainhouse Inn just outside Bude on the A39. We must be getting tired as we again forgot to take the dinner photo. However, after the days events of yesterday, Mark took this photo of Alan and Thomas still struggling to warm up!

A fine dinner of halloumi, garlic bread, steaks and hamburgers was enjoyed, washed down with the obligatory cold ones.

During the night, it had continued to rain quite heavily and the team decided to lie in for an extra half an hour to try and give the rain a chance to pass over. Thankfully it worked. We set off at 8:45am and looked forward to our days journey that was planned to be 50 miles with a first and only checkpoint at 26 miles in a place called Nanstallon, which also happens to be the location of our next special picture.

It was after only 7 miles that we got what we were expecting…’Alans Livener’. It was a 2 mile climb that was just relentless….it never stopped. We knew that we were once again in for a ‘special’ day! 😢🤣

Very soon into our first section and after the big climb, we found ourselves on Bodmin Moor. It was incredibly windy and was a real challenge to make progress. Take a look at these snaps and video and hear how strong the wind was.

We made it to our checkpoint and got our refreshments and set off for the final campsite on our adventure. 

The next few hours passed in the face of strong headwinds that to be honest we had been expecting. It was like peddling twice as far, orpeddling with your brakes on!! It was another tough day in the saddle and littered with ups and downs. It got to the point where we both said that we dreaded the downhills, because of the certainty of the hill that would follow! As Alan says….’Very lumpy!’

But hey we rocked into camp just before 4pm today, ahead of the expected rain. And Mark had prepared a nice cold one for us as well. 😊 We hope that tomorrows weather is at least a little easier with the wind and that the rain holds off.

We are still feeling great. Another 51 miles done, bringing us to 910 miles in total. Almost there! 😊👍

We prepared a song accordingly!

People continue to see the pow21 and the OYF message.

At the campsite this evening when we arrived, the owners very kindly waived the camp fees and asked us to put the money into the magic bucket! Thanks so much guys!

But please continue to spread the word. As at a few moments ago, pow21 had raised £7,243without Gift Aid! And we have another £422 in the bucket. This means without the Gift Aid, we have so far collected £7,665! Amazing! 

Thank you so much!!! 👍😁

We couldn’t do this without you all.

Once again thanks so much for all your support and donations.

Tomorrow’s journey is from Goonhavern to Lands End, expected to be another 48 miles. It’sour last day! And once again we are expecting more climbing but hopefully not as bad as the last two days. 

We are planning  an earlier start, weather permitting, and hope to get to our final destination between 13:30 and 15:30. 

So please keep an eye out for some first Lands End shots of us arriving. 🤞😊

Anyway, we are all showered and ready to pick up our supper for the evening at a local….youguessed it….Chinese.😉

Signing off….more news tomorrow…hopefully expect lots of photos! 👍

5 Replies to “Day 18 – July 6, 2021”

  1. We’ve loved reading your blogs, following your progress and seeing the places you have been, and the people you’ve met along the way. Just sorry we can’t be there to see you reaching your target tomorrow, I’m sure you’ll have big smiles on your faces 🙂
    btw – have no idea what the connection on your pictures is – complete mystery!
    Fantastic achievement – proud of you both!!

  2. Andrew Francis I know what the connection is, its something very close to my heart ❤ l look forward for tomorrow’s picture….

  3. Well done both. Loved the blog. Good luck on your last leg an amazing achievement for two old blokes xx

  4. Well done to all and hope you have better weather today