I arrived at the pick up point to find Graham B, already there & waiting to get started. As it was not time to start we engaged in banter, when out of nowhere a new face appeared. He introduced himself as Dave. After a short introduction it was time to head across theTamar & meet Dave N at Burraton lights. Soon with Dave N on board we did the usual route out to Pensilva, & the caradon hill cafe. Over refreshments new Dave said he was a personal trainer. No not what your thinking mega bucks & working with the stars. No NHS referrals etc. I noticed a lot of people there in sports & cycling gear. Seems to be a favorite watering hole for all types of sporty people. Anyway enough of the trivia, we soon found ourselves doing rough stuff on the edge of Sibleback Res`r. Then going up the River Fowey valley, which is just a steady climb all the way to Bolventor, & Jamaica Inn. Here we all took refreshments, sitting outside in the full sun & warmth. Dave N decided to fill his face with a large scone. Soon on our way again we passed Colliford lake (Reservoir), yes it showed signs of the drought of late. Then heading for Wetherspoons(The King Doniet Hotel) Liskeard. Now it was all downhill? to Liskeard for our third refreshment stop. Here more light hearted banter resumed over coffee etc. Before long we found ourselves heading back to Saltash still in glorious sunshine & warmth. Passing through Doddycross, then on to Blunts, & passing the mill at Tilland, before arriving at Blunts. Here Dave N took over navigation to avoid the big climb to Pillaton. Soon passing through Hatt, & onto the main road to Saltash. Here we said our farewells, with new Dave & Graham B going down to cross the river & home. Dave N & myself parting company near where I live, & 53 miles on the clock.
Just 2 turned up for our trip to the seaside - Graham B & Andy Prideaux- Dave was away visiting Nicci for the weekend. So the three of us set off heading for Wrangaton on a very hot sunny day, then down to Avonwick and taking the valley road and the steep climb up to Diptford onward to join the Morleigh Rd. It was then on to cross the Kingsbridge road heading for Blackawton, skirting the village towards Bow and then a long climb to Eastdown Cross. Turning right to join the Strete road and turning left just before Strete to take a nice downhill stretch to Blackpool Sands and our first coffee stop. Their were a few people milling around but not as many as I expected, perhaps this long spell of hot weather had taken the shine off of going to the beach, who knows. We decided to sit inside the cafe to escape the heat with a nice pot of tea.
Off again on the long climb out of Blackpool Sands heading for Torcross stopping up the hill a couple of times to admire the view and take some photos, we even came across a Pigeon sat on the wall admiring the view.It was then down the long hill to the coastal road getting a nice refreshing wind to cool us down. The road of course was still blocked off due to being washed away in the winter gales, but on the half that was still there makes an ideal cycle path with no traffic, why not keep it like this. We carried on admiring the view to our second stop at Stokeley Barton Farm shop, again opting to go inside out of the heat on some nice comfy sofas. With the prospect of nearly falling asleep lounging on the sofas we thought we had better make a move to head back home.
Turning right then right again through the edge of Stokenham and right again for a long climb up the lanes to join the top lane heading for Slapton. On the edge of Slapton we turned left to join the five miles road to the A381 Kingsbridge road and then onto Morleigh, from here we headed for Gara bridge and then the long climb up to California Cross. Graham and I headed for the pub - but Andy decided to head straight back. Graham and I enjoyed a nice pint of the finest ale and a nice rest before we headed home.
We to managed drag our weary bodies away from the pub to head back to Ivybridge arriving back at the station car park with 48.6 miles on the clock at around 5.30pm