Day Twenty-two: A dreich day in Cornwall
The Tamar to Ladock. 45.68 miles. Total: 975.74 miles
The penultimate day started with a climb into Launceston on a grey, slightly damp, morning and both the inclement weather and climbs proved to be a constant element of the day. We headed SW out of the town towards the edge of Bodmin Moor, crossing a number of deep valleys, which meant exhilarating descents, tiring ascents and relatively slow overall progress. We followed this relentless pattern to Upton Cross before heading up to Minions, a small ex-mining village on the moor with a name now more famously associated with a well-known movie. Alas, there were no small yellow men running around to help our climb, but there were numerous sheep as well as derelict evidence of the areas industrial past. Minions also marked the point in the journey where there was the first extended downhill section, which we rather enjoyed, especially when met half way down by Heidi, Martha, Chris and Chris with pasties from Nicki B's - yum! (the same order has been placed for tomorrow already!). The afternoon started with a quick section along an A road, where we were waved on by the Speakman family (it was lovely to see them all), before we then diverted off towards Lanhydrock House and our 'last' major valley. Heading down to the Fowey was fun and the old bridge lovely, however climbing the other side tested all reserves of energy and mental strength. As a result of her efforts, Izzy's energy was waning and we stopped for a much needed pit-stop two miles short of Roche. This was where the extended team played their part: everyone helped get her back on track and Granny joined the ride for the next few miles. The three of us wound our way through the china clay works of the area, entertained by numerous stories and occasional moments of craziness (seeing Tess, our dog, sitting in a deck chair beside the road). Grandad took over from Granny and we finished the day with a descent into Ladock to end a successful day. Tomorrow we have 44 miles left to complete this epic journey. It will be quite some day I suspect!