Then we were off with a climb out of the town and on to Egloskerry. The road stayed relatively high, so not too much rise and fall for a bit. We joined the A395 for a short and unpleasant stretch, turning off at Hallworthy where we almost literally bumped into the JOGLE riders we had met in Ludlow (see day 12). Had a brief chat and worked out that they will be likely to finish at a similar time to us, so we'll be on the lookout for them at LE.
Roadside repairs on John C's bike
The offending snapped cable head
JR can't bear to watch as apprentice John C finds out how
long his brake cable is!
ONE MORE DAY TO GO :-)
On the road - what do we talk about
We obviously spend a lot of time together on the road, and whilst there is a lot to be done during the day (traffic, food, navigation, food, the condition of the road ahead, food etc), we do also spend some of the quieter moments in general conversation. It might be about something we've just seen - there are some fantastic place names and all sorts of conjecture is possible with places such as 'Unthank' (near Carlisle - suggestions welcome) or Portgate (some scandal with Port happened there perhaps?). We found ourselves involved in the Scottish referendum quite a bit in the early part of the ride, especially with all of the YES notices around the highlands. Sometimes we have some serious discussions about, for example; the state of the world, the country, whether wind generators are a good or bad thing, the finer points of Jeremy Clarkson's popularity. Although we don't agree on all things, it's always in good humour, and there is generally a lot of laughter and leg-pulling going on.
Favourite moments from yesterday for all of us was the Meldon viaduct without a doubt.
Quote of the day
On hearing that the official traditional riding distance for a JOGLE is 874 miles, in the context of our 1000+ miles, John C said "you must have gone wrong a lot JR", referring to my navigational skills. (I knew we should have turned left and not right out of John O'Groats.)
Stats for the day
Average speed 11.5 (max 38)
Total climb 1735 m
Energy 4387 cals
We cleaned out the shop in St Columb Major!