I had rekkied the route a few days before and finally settled on a less hilly version for today. We took a right in Carkeel and made for Botus Flemming and distant Cargreen. We then followed the gated road along the very picturesque Tamar Estuary for a while, finally picking up the main road to Painters Cross. There was a short stretch along the main road (heavy drizzle at this point till Bohetherick) and then a right across the main road back into welcome, deserted lanes as far as Bohetherick and Cotehele Quay where we stopped for elevenses. As well as my usual cappuccino, lemon drizzle cake seemed the most apposite choice of the day.
The route back was via Harrowbarrow where we turned left to enjoy the seemingly endless drag up to the main Callington-Gunnislake road opposite Florence Road. There we said our "Goodbyes" to John and then made for Kelly Bray and the bench by the bus-stop with its famous, scenic view of the main road and abundant litter.
Re-fuelled and invigorated, we made for Maders and took a left before Golberton to Trevigro and ultimately Newbridge. Dave mischievously suggested we go up the hill to Amytree - what the Australians would nasally call a "bute". With innocent assent and judicious use of my battery, I got to the top with still more than a quarter of my battery power left - enough to speed down the other side unassisted and use the rest to glide effortlessly to the Hatt roundabout and home.
1300 meters of climbing. 38 miles on the clock.