I seemed to struggle to get out before 10. Up at 6 and left at 9.45. It’s hard to pick up your starting place on the sat-nav and if you go wrong it is very unforgiving. I went wrong and it crashed so I went back to the start but I could not get it to work, and now it was 10.10 and I had 100+ miles ahead of me. Over the past 2 days I had learned that maps were an essential compliment to sat-nav and decided that I would just “map” it. I kept stopping and starting. Eventually I’m down a country lane with the “support” crew behind me. Eventually they pass me on an uphill bit as does the queue behind but they have to stop ahead for an oncoming vehicle and I start to catch them but then they’re off and trundling cautiously downhill. No caution for me. I accelerated up to 30+mph and passed the lot. Stupid reckless and peurile but a real buzz in these country lanes.
Before long I was at the foot of the Quantock Hills. I’ll let you guess why they’re called hills. What a climb. As steep as the steepest parts of the Alps had been the previous month. I got to the top and was joined by a golf pro from Burham. Very nice guy 22 years old – 9 years older than my eldest grandson! We chatted and rode together. He went ahead on the uphills and I went ahead on the downhill.
We got to the end and he left me to go to his car and I headed for Cheddar Gorge. He had only come to get some hill work in before his first time trial. I hope it went well for you if you’re reading this. In fact he drove passed me about 15 mins later and gave me a friendly toot and a wave as he drove off in to the distance. In fact I gave him a call at his club to see if they would donate a 4 ball for Mark but apparently they are inundated with requests so I need to get back to them in December. You can only ask.
Will update blogg asap page of map $miss phone crashe met at ched by luckbefor les bum sore Elowa and Nigel over M48 bridge to C big bre cac sat nav. Beat L slightly shortr camp site didn’t take to owner imm but he did help me with my crashed phone reboot 30 mins Lesley arrived super day kids Cheddar. Don’t know what to expect from campsites. Regulars nothing to do.
The weather was overcast and sunny but not too hot.