dst. (km)
Today 80.0
Trip total 145.0
Odometer ??.?

Today’s distance estimated.

The sun comes up at 4.30 am! Jet lag kicks in and I’m wide awake. Lie around until 7 am dozing and listening to the birds — and trying to stretch my neck and shoulders. Ouch!

Pore over the maps and changing my mind — my original plans were to go further north, I think I’ll explore Cornwall!

It was an expensive day, and an over-ambitious one. The hill out of Streatly was a killer, I had to stop three times going up, and nearly couldn’t start again. Then an easy ride over the tops to Newbury, absorbed in my own thoughts. Somewhere in Newbury I went down a kerb on a bike path — not a good thing to do with panniers on, unfortunately I was too busy trying to read road signs to spot that the path went down the kerb.

Cycling along the Kennet canal towpath

Following the advice of the tourist information centre I rode along the canal tow-path along the Kennet canal. Idyllic scenery, and not a human sound to be heard. The tow-path varied from gravel track to single track to great expanses of rough-mown grass. The latter was arduous, and very slow going.

Ruined wheel courtesy of bike-path with a kerb across it

Somewhere between Pewsey and Devizes I got a puncture, stopped and realised that the slight buckle in the rear wheel was much worse and that a spoke had ripped through the rim, probably on that kerb in Newbury.

Fixed the flat and crawled into Devizes, the Tourist Info. office set me up at a £25 B&B. Very nice place, bottom end for a B&B, but up at the high end of what I was intending to pay! Pub rooms seem to start at £50 and are all up-market. I’m a mile or two out of town at the bottom of the famous 29 Caen locks.

A further £37.50 got me the only eight-speed wheel available in the bike shop, a very robust looking deep-dish rim, designed to appeal to the off-road cool crowd. £9.95 for a replacement computer, and so for a touch under £50 I have a working bike again.

Walked up from the B&B to town for dinner at the Black Horse, a pub on the canal, then back down Caen hill to get home. Too much walking!


Goring, Streatly, Newbury, Pewsey, Devizes

[2018-08-15 Wed] update

Poking around on the map to find how close I’d passed to I discovered that where I’d written “Pawsley” I’d probably meant Pewsey. A reverse-engineered route from ridewithgps is shown above, probably showing the route along the road and not along the canal path that I took.