We set off at around 8:30am after a nice big breakfast and with a cheese and onion baguette each packed into the panniers courtesy of Ruth's Grandparents (thanks once again for the hospitality and, as always, fantastic food. It's very much appreciated!). We made good time to Bridgewater on the A39 and stopped to pick up a few bits for the bike before continuing to Cheddar Gorge.
We had a lovely climb through the gorge but failed to obtain a Somerset sticker for the bike. The Cornwall sticker is now a bit lonely but as Ruth pointed out, we may struggle to find a Gwent, Monmouthshire or any number of other county stickers.
After a stop for lunch the cycling was slow going and felt a bit harder work. Both Ruth and I have picked up a pain in the knee which is making cycling a little uncomfortable at times. This was one of those times...
The highlight of the afternoon was cycling over the Severn Bridge. Ruth's sister Rachel inspired us with her stories of cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco this summer so we thought the Severn Bridge would be equally as good. As it turned out we cycled across in the mist with the turbulent Severn beneath us, the noisy M48 to the right of us and a constant gale force wind being funnelled down the Bristol Channel. It was the slowest 3 miles of the day, performed 45 degree angle toward the wind.
We are currently in the Wye Valley (drinking Wye Valley Bitter as illustrated in the photo) on the Welsh side of the river staring longingly at the English side.
With a bit of luck and a following wind, we should be sleeping in our own bed tomorrow. Woo Hoo!
Denz: Your making great progress guys!! Well Done! Sep 14, 2010
Rachel: Woo I got a mention! Glad to see the trend of drinking beer each day is continuing...keep it up! xx Sep 15, 2010