You had to hide away for so long
Where did we go wrong?"
Only three of us at the start: Julie, Graham Reed and myself. Andy Easton missed the boat, but I didn't get his voice mail till long after we'd left. Julie and I were keen to see the storm damage in Seaton, so we made that the goal for the day. We started out in brilliant sunshine, blue sky and excellent visibility affording splendid views over the Cornish countryside. We arrived at 11.15 am in Seaton via Antony, Crafthole and Downderry. The café by the beach was closed. We chatted for a while with the café owner (?) who said that it had been battered by storms four times during the winter period, the last straw being St Valentine's Day when there were 30 ft waves crashing over the café and boulders, 3 ft in diameter, were tossed like tennis balls across the beach. 30 tonnes of sand and the river were displaced, completely changing the geography of the spot.
We whiled an hour away over coffee, tea and buns in a rather smart pub up the road and then made our way past Castle Air and Bethany to The Woollen Mill at Trerulefoot, where we had lunch. I was keen to show the others an alternative route to Saltash via Landrake. This took us through Tideford and up a 1 in 4 hill back to the A38. All of us got off at some point - Julie because of a bad cold, Graham Reed because his Tricross only had two rings and me ...? Well, to quote Ingvar Kamprad (whom you've all undoubtedly heard of): "If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example". I got off first.
We whizzed down the main road in Landrake and dived off to Notter Bridge, taking a left after the bridge. We climbed up to the RAB at Hatt and back to Saltash along the usual route through Carkeel and left down the dual carriageway at the main RAB. Graham R made a detour through Saltash to buy a paper, but we met at the end of the bridge to say goodbye after another very satisfying day-out on our bikes. 37 miles on the clock - less than last week, but not to be sneezed at.
Next week's destination - Callington via Brent Tor. 11's in Yelverton.