The early start brings a big disappointment for Mike. The severe knee injury which has dogged him for the last few days has forced him to abandon (hopefully temporarily) his ride. This is the reality of a trip of this scale, to ride over 100 miles each day, at times in very adverse conditions, would test even the fittest athlete, let alone 4 ordinary chaps, including a ‘plumper’ (no names)
Today’s ride took us through Clevedon, where a very kind chap came over for a chat to explain that he had been involved in a similar charity ride for his nephew and left us with a very generous donation (cheers Johnny). Moving on, we rode by Glastonbury, Cheddar, Wedmore, Taunton, Wellington, Tiverton, then on to our overnight stay in the ‘middle of nowhere’ (Lake, nr Sourton). After last night’s less-than-luxury accommodation, tonight’s hotel in a beautiful 17th century Inn provides a much needed ‘lift of spirits’. Unfortunately those were the only spirits that were lifted, the morning alarms come round far too soon!