3. Say Cheese!

LEJoG Day 3

After leaving Tiverton, we headed out on our run to Chepstow … and then got lost.2016-08-31 15.33.42

We took a wrong turn and instead of turning around and going back, we headed on assuming that it would all work out in the end – it did, of course, but not without adding a big detour

And then we joined the A38. If you’ve never been on the A38, count yourself lucky. It’s a busy road with not much space for bikes, and lots of very fast articulated lorries!

2016-09-01 13.02.48When we got to Cheddar, we then split off from the official route and headed off through Cheddar village to our agreed meeting point with the rest of the Oblivion gang.

Scheduled meet at 1pm came and went with us sitting having pies and a Cheddar ploughmans lunch in the lovely Cafe Gorge with Olivia Battye … and no Oblivion Tourists.

They were having lunch in a different cafe … true Oblivion planning!img_11162016-09-01 13.24.30-1

Then it was time to cycle the Gorge itself. This natural limestone fissure through the landscape, which is logged as one of the top 100 rides to do in the country, was lovely.

It was sunny, and we meandered our way, enjoying the scenery throughout the climb.

This was one of the 3 big highlights of the day.

The second highlight was the ride down from the plateau above the Gorge.

This was on a wonderful, smooth, very fast and winding road which led us rapidly to the third highlight, which was meeting the Oblivion guys at their lunch stop!

img_1119Then we raced back on to the official route and followed a very industrial route from there to the lovely Marriott St Pierre Hotel at Chepstow.

A great dinner ensued at the Riverside Inn in Chepstow and the Oblivion gang was joined by Nick Redman, Kiran Mistry and the wonderful Ian ‘Magoo’ McAra!

We went to bed buzzing after having had a great time at Cheddar and boosted by the fact that our friends had all come to join and support us!!

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Day 3 Synposis:day-3

Distance: 96.7 miles

Time – Cycling: 6 hours 45 mins

Speed – Average: 14mph  Max: 39.6mph

Amount of climbing: 4,024ft

Suffer score: 153

If you want to see a fly-through of our route (and some photos), click here: LEJoG Day 3

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