from my trip diary originally posted at Crazy Guy on a Bike
Day 16, Tintern Abbey to just outside Bridgwater, 70 miles
Tuesday September 20, 2016, 70 miles (113 km) - Total so far: 905 miles (1,457 km)Quite a good day. I think this was the first day I got to experience the classic "English" countryside. Small narrow lanes, hedgerows, quaint houses and villages. AND NOT A LOT OF HILLS. They were out there, I could see rolling meadows and farm land, but they didn't negatively impact my ride.I'll later update this journal with the exact numbers. Suffice it to say I followed cycle paths and minor roads. I took a chance today and it paid off. Yesterday for instance at Craven Arms before Ludlow I thought I'd get off the A49. Anyway I rode for a mile, directions pulled me down a lane, and that baby was gut-wrenching. I turned right around and rode with the trucks to Hereford.
After lunch in Yatton at the Strawberry Cafe, I hopped on the Strawberry Line for about 11.5 miles. It was lovely. Yes it was a bit slow with the narrow points and hardpacked earth surface, about 8-9 mph, but I felt like I was on a cycle tour.
The trail ended in Cheddar where there was a bike shop (review forthcoming). Anyway, I had a few problems, one of which the back wheel, understandably after being punished for 2 weeks, was out of true. He also worked on my brakes. I might have enough brake pad to make it to the end. The bike definitely ran better. I think he gave me a break with the price. £11.20.
I made it to Bridgwater about 5 pm. and looked for camping. Right now I'm in someone's backyard. I know odd. But directions sent me to Follett Farm, about a mile outside the town, and it feels very low-key and strange. 70 miles.
|Severn Bridge, nearly a mile long, it spans the River Severn and River Wye|
|great use for old phonebooths, mini libraries!|
|Cheddar Gorge, the closest thing England has to a tourist trap|