Day Two – Okehampton to Bristol 108 miles – it was nearly my last

After a good nights kip I went down for pre arranged porridge – I even had Cornish clotted cream in it hmmm.

The weather looked nice and sunny so spirits were high as I set off for Bristol on what was supposed to be an easier (longer but less hilly) than yesterday. Soon after I left the fog came down really bad and took a good 15 miles to clear which is where I bumped into a cyclist looking bemused at maps in Crediton – I asked him where he was going and he replied, “Scotland” – so this is Nick from west London (who doesn’t wear a helmet) who was doing Lejog over 14 days on his racing bike with his wife, brother being navigators/ baggage carriers, and his 9 year old daughter playing on her Nintendo dog game in the back of the car. I explained I wasn’t going over Cadbury Hills although my route was 5 miles longer – turns out he took the hillier option as he popped out behind me where our paths crossed again so he asked if he could get a tow, I didn’t mind, so towed him along for 15 miles or so until we parted as I was stopping for lunch – he was finishing in Taunton so only had another 5 miles to go whereas I had 55. If you read this Nick I hope you’ve been successful.

Just after Taunton I noticed a knock which I soon diagnosed as a bottom bracket problem – THIS WAS VERY SERIOUS and could easily spell the end to my attempt – I was gutted that the bike had let me down 😦 I was seriously considering my options: buy a new bike and get my Galaxy posted home/ struggle on to next biggest town (Weston) to find a bike shop and pray they had a bottom bracket in (and could fit it for me), go to the nearest train station and head home with my tail well and truly between my legs.

Anyway I made it to Weston where I asked a girl cyclist (which had a shopping basket on the front) where any LBS’s were she first said Halfrauds (ermmmm no thanks)  then  www.somersetbikecentre.co.uk where they kindly agreed to look at it (despite it being after 4-30 and in half an hour they had replaced the failed part. I owe them a huge thank you. So on I went to eventually reach Bristol (later than planned and in the dark) to be hosted by Chris and Sue Harvey – we could’ve reminisced all night and nearly did 🙂

Thanks for your hospitality guys, when Chris does Lejog he’s more than welcome to stop with us – ha ha – he was knackered cycling 1 mile to the station to meet me as I cycled in (and even then he missed me).

Tomorrow I’m meeting Darren Leen from Blackburn and I have a 113 mile trip as I have to cycle 18 miles to reach him and the weather forecast isn’t good.

Tonight isn’t an early night eeeeek

Distance: 107.90 mi
Time: 8:40:48
Avg Speed: 12.4 mph
Elevation Gain: 5,171 ft
Calories: 3,275 C
Avg Temperature: 69.0 °F
Time: 8:40:48
Moving Time: 8:16:43
Elapsed Time: 11:14:52
Avg Speed: 12.4 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 13.0 mph
Max Speed: 42.9 mph
Avg HR: 123 bpm
Max HR: 172 bpm

Route day 2

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About barneybear69

'middle aged' cyclist from North East aiming to do the LEJOG in August 2011
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One Response to Day Two – Okehampton to Bristol 108 miles – it was nearly my last

  1. Martin says:

    you’ve obviously worn out that BB with all those training miles Nigel. Glad you got it sorted. Well done mate and onwards!

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