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Today was dry, bright and breezy, with a Westerly wind behind us for most of the day.
We started the day with a huge English breakfast at our B&B in Camelford. We then got on our bikes and headed along the A39 for a few miles followed by a short stretch of A395 before striking out cross-country towards Holdsworthy. This was a lovely ride along tiny, empty country lanes. A few miles before Holdsworthy we crossed the Tamar and entered Devon.
After tea and cakes in Holdsworthy we continued along the A388 towards Great Torrington. Despite the "A" designation there was very little traffic. After three sharp climbs we reached Great Torrington where we stopped in the old-fashioned main square to eat lunch. Then on along the B3227 to South Molton for coffee before continuing along the same road to the little town of Bampton, where we checked into The Swan for our overnight stay.
Geoff is back! After spending the night at home he put his spare bike in the rental van and drove the 300 miles back from Cambridge to Taunton, where he returned the van and then set out by bike to join us in South Molton. Good to have you back with us, Geoff.
Today was a cracking day. Very hilly, with some tough climbs, but numerous long downhills as well.
Vital statistics: Distance 73 miles. Average speed 12.4mph. Max speed 40mph! Total distance from Land's End 148 miles.
Tomorrow: Day 3 Bampton to Chepstow