Posted by: Simon Berry | 8 June 2006

Stage 1 – Track and Map – Land’s End to St Wenn

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This was a very enjoyable ride and easy first day. I did use all the gears but there were no really long, difficult hills. You will see from the map that I decided to go into Bodmin “for old time’s sake” and then cycle back on myself to my B&B for the first night. This detour turned out to be a mistake (see the Stage 2 posting). Rule 1: Stick to your route.

Download log file (text format): S00D01a.log
(Penzance to Land’s End), S01D01p.log
(Land’s End to St Wenn)
Download track file (Magellan MapSend format): S00D01a.trk
(Penzance to Land’s End), S01D01p.trk (Land’s End to St Wenn)

Only stage today
Distance (miles): 73.21
Saddle time (hh:mm:ss): 5:09:19
Average speed (mph): 14.20
Max speed (mph): 40.8
Cumulative distance (miles): 83.62 (includes Penzance to Land’s End)

Notes:
Downloads are delivered via http://www.adrive.com.
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For details of how vertical profiles were derived from log files and the structure of the log files see this posting.

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Posted by: Simon Berry | 8 June 2006

Stage 2 – Track and Map – St Wenn to Okehampton

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This was the toughest stage of the whole trip for several reasons: 1) The length of the stage and the terrain 2) A lack of planning on my part 3) Inexperience with the GPS 4) Over ambition!

Yesterday I went further than I needed to and visited Bodmin. Today, after cycling 28 miles, I went past Bodmin again! Very soul destroying. Just look at the route I took. I just punched in the lunch destination into the GPS and I think it routed me the fastest way by car!

This was always going to be a tough day with a total of 120 miles to cover and two climbs to 1,000 feet in the first stage and I made it worse by not putting enough time into planning. Rule 2: Half a hour’s planning can save you hours of cycling.

Download log file (text format): S02D02a.log

Download track file (Magellan MapSend format): S02D02a.trk

First of two stages today
Distance (miles): 67.44
Saddle time (hh:mm:ss): 4:48:18
Average speed (mph): 14.03
Max speed (mph): 38.2
Cumulative distance (miles): 151.06

Notes:
Downloads are delivered via http://www.adrive.com.
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For details of how vertical profiles were derived from log files and the structure of the log files see this posting.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 8 June 2006

Stage 3 – Track and Map – Okehampton to Taunton

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I was very tired when I finally started this stage at 4pm from the Plymouth Inn, Okehampton. Again my over-reliance on the GPS let me down and a lot of the time I wasn’t sure I was cycling in the right direction.

Although the vertcal profile shows a downhill trend, there were some nasty climbs in this stage. Saddle time was about 4.5 hours but I didn’t get to my accommodation in Taunton until 10:10pm, 6hrs 10mins after leaving Taunton. This was due the fact that: 1) I had had it! 2) I kept having to stop to check the map and 3) I got my first puncture which I decided to repair in the side of the road (I needed the rest!).

I am not sure what I would have done without the GPS at the end of this stage. It took me straight to my accommodation. A farmhouse in the middle of a ‘low-cost’ housing estate. I would never have found this place in the dark especially given my physical and mental state. Brilliant! With a little more intelligence the GPS was going to be very useful.

As I left Okehampton, I knew I wasn’t going to get an evening meal tonight. So I consumed Go-Bars. When I started this stage I liked Go-Bars. By the time I got to Taunton I hated them. This whole situation was worsened by the fact that I feel asleep without quite getting around to cleaning my teeth (yuk!) and the go-Bars were still with me in the morning. My consumption of Go-Bars plumetted during the rest of the trip.

Download log file (text format): S03D02p.log

Download track file (Magellan MapSend format): S03D02p.trk


Second of two stages today

Distance (miles): 54.51
Saddle time (hh:mm:ss): 4:19:45
Average speed (mph): 12.59
Max speed (mph): 36.3
Cumulative distance (miles): 205.57

Notes:
Downloads are delivered via http://www.adrive.com.
Click on the images above to see them full size.
For details of how vertical profiles were derived from log files and the structure of the log files see this posting.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 8 June 2006

Stage 4 – Track and Map – Taunton to Whitminster

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I was in a fragile state when I started this stage. My confidence had been severely dented yesterday. If my sister-in-law and her lovely new toddler had not been meeting me for lunch in Okehampton, I don’t think I would have made it.

Anyway, there were other pressures today: I knew I had to do more planning and I needed to start early as I was being met by my first co-cyclist just north of Bristol. These two pressures were difficult to reconcile. But, despite the late night, I got up at 6am and got the maps out and started putting more waypoints into the GPS. This allowed my to use the ‘satnav’ capability of the GPS to navigate in bit-sized stages. This was essential for this stage as otherwise the GPS would have taken my on the Motorway! It’s amazing that a device aimed at walkers and cyclists cannot be told to avoid motorways!

Anyway, the first couple of this stage were the perfect antidote to the previous day. As the profile shows, I was cycling on level roads. They had also been recently resurfaced and were perfect for cursing in top gear! By 11am all the psychological damage had been repaired. I can do this!!

I was meeting Tricia at Whitminster which Tricia had described as being ‘just north’ of Bristol. It turned out to be further than I thought. But anyway we met up at about 2pm and I was in good form. Tricia had brought an amazing picnic. Lunch went on for a while! With 2/3rds of today’s distance already done this was not too much of a problem and now I had company!

Download log file (text format): S04D03a.log

Download track file (Magellan MapSend format): S04D03a.trk

First of two stages today
Distance (miles): 74.11
Saddle time (hh:mm:ss): 5:10:39
Average speed (mph): 14.31
Max speed (mph): 32.8
Cumulative distance (miles): 279.68

Notes:
Downloads are delivered via http://www.adrive.com.
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For details of how vertical profiles were derived from log files and the structure of the log files see this posting.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 8 June 2006

Stage 5 – Track and Map – Whitminster to Bromyard

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This stage was always going to be fun as Tricia was going to join me as my first co-rider of the trip.

It started with a fantastic picnic provided by Tricia.

We didn’t start cycling until after 3pm but only had around 40 miles to do. I met Tricia in 2002 when we were part of a fantastic group of people who cycled across the Yucatan in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice. This is documented here. We got on really well and many of us have stayed in contact. Another co-rider, Adrian who is to join me on the next stage, is from the same Yucatan group.

You can see from the profile that the stage got more difficult towards the end and 5 miles or so out of Bromyard Tricia’s husband, Alan, caught up with us in the car and the temptation was to much for Tricia so I did the last few miles on my own. Tricia and Alan were at my accommodation when I arrived and we went out for a great meal. A great end to a great day and real contrast to yesterday. Thanks guys!

Download log file (text format): S05D03p.log

Download track file (Magellan MapSend format): S05D03p.trk


Second of two stages today

Distance (miles): 42.09
Saddle time (hh:mm:ss): 3:50:29
Average speed (mph): 10.95
Max speed (mph): 33.5
Cumulative distance (miles): 321.77

Notes:
Downloads are delivered via http://www.adrive.com.
Click on the images above to see them full size.
For details of how vertical profiles were derived from log files and the structure of the log files see this posting.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 8 June 2006

Stage 6 – Track and Map – Bromyard to Whitchurch

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After the meal with Tricia and Alan I got really good night’s sleep and the route to Church Stretton for lunch was really straight forward and the GPS picked it straight up. Unfortunately I forgot to switch the tracking on so the first 15miles or so went unrecorded.

The Old Cow Shed where I was staying was difficult to find (but again my GPS had taken me straight there the night before) and it took a few phone calls before my next co-rider, Adrian and his wife, found it.

So it was about 8:30 before we were on our way. The two of us met up with Andy who was waiting in Bromyard itself. Poor Andy had to wait a while – sorry Andy. So now we were three. A very pleasant ride along the Welsh border to Church Stretton for lunch.

Here we were guests of the Mayfair Community Centre. This is an amazing centre teaming with voluntary activity. Jackie Mantel who is in charge of the IT activities and ruralnet|uk’s contact for the net:gain programme. There was a photo call after lunch for the local press.

Here my work colleague, Simon Marshall, joined us and Andy had to leave for the return trip to Bromyard and his car. So we were still three!

The afternoon started well but included the very busy A49. As we had had an alcohol-free lunch our kidney bells started ringing at around 3pm and just as they did we spotted a sign to the Albright Hussey
Manor Hotel (open to non-residents), an unexpected oasis off the hell that is the A49.

There we stopped for an hour or so to soak up the sun and Guiness and banter. In retrospect we stayed a bit too long! We didn’t get to ‘Ash Hall’ outside Whitchurch until 7:30pm and getting a evening meal provided less than straight forward. We were helped by some very generously-minded people and this is documented here.

We said goodbye to Simon at Whitchurch Station where he loaded his bike into his car and was off.

I went back to the station at about 11:30pm, after our meal, to meet my son Luke off the train. He was to join us for the next 250 miles. So we were three again!

Download log file (text format): S06D04.log

Download track file (Magellan MapSend format): S06D04.trk


Only stage today

Distance (miles): 74.63
Saddle time (hh:mm:ss): 5:34:09
Average speed (mph): 13.40
Max speed (mph): 33.3
Cumulative distance (miles): 396.40

Notes:
Downloads are delivered via http://www.adrive.com.
Click on the images above to see them full size.
For details of how vertical profiles were derived from log files and the structure of the log files see this posting.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 8 June 2006

Stage 7 – Track and Map – Whitchurch to Preston

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The riders who started this stage were Adrian (his second stage), Luke (his first stage) and me. This was the stage that Chris Boardman was going to join us and for that reason we’d routed the stage via The Wirral >more.

This felt like quite a detour when I planned it but you can see from the map that it wasn’t much of a detour at all. Later in the ride I was to meet other cyclists and they described the bit south of Preston as the ‘least enjoyable’. Well it certainly wasn’t the case for us. This stage was really pleasant and pretty flat as you can see. I’m really pleased we took in The Wirral and the Mersey ferry.

A guy called Ken had seen this website and met us off the ferry in Liverpool. You could tell by his legs that he was a serious cyclist! Anyway he was incredibly hospitable and took us at a leisurely pace and off-road and on cycle paths all the way to Southport via the Crosby beach with Anthony Gormley’s iron statues on it (I will put some photos of these in the P-Ride Photo Album shortly). Form here we could see Blackpool Tower across the bay.

Ken really added so much to the afternoon ride with his local knowledge. It made me think that, with sufficient planning time and promotion, this participation ride concept would really work. With local people joining in the different stages and guiding you through ‘their’ patch.

The lads rounded to day off with a couple of pints and a nice meal in Preston. Adrian was to get the train back home after breakfast in the morning.

Download log file (text format): S07D05.log

Download track file (Magellan MapSend format): S07D05.trk


Only stage today

Distance (miles): 90.61
Saddle time (hh:mm:ss): 6:39:30
Average speed (mph): 13.61
Max speed (mph): 31.3
Cumulative distance (miles): 487.01

Notes:
Downloads are delivered via http://www.adrive.com.
Click on the images above to see them full size.
For details of how vertical profiles were derived from log files and the structure of the log files see this posting.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 8 June 2006

Stage 8 – Track and Map – Preston to Shap

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During the meal last night we were contemplating today’s challenge: 130 miles incorporating Shap! Adrian suggested we made an early start! This was a really good idea and Luke and I left around 7am, before breakfast.

We stopped at Lancaster’s Sainsbury’s for breakfast with a good 20 miles under our belt. The stretch from Lancaster to Shap was a feast of scenary and hills! It was in this stretch that I saw the first person in the whole trip working in the fields – a shepherd.

We ran out of water about one hour out of Shap but made it OK to the Greyhound Inn where Daniel Heery was waiting with a baked potato lunch purchased in Penrith! Cheers Daniel. This was a psycologically crucial point of the ride. Last night the stats had told us we were about half way. Now it felt like we were! I was moved to say a few words to video!

Download log file (text format): S08D06a.log

Download track file (Magellan MapSend format): S08D06a.trk

First of two stages today
Distance (miles): 69.04
Saddle time (hh:mm:ss): 5:20:17
Average speed (mph): 12.93
Max speed (mph): 40.2
Cumulative distance (miles): 556.05

Notes:
Downloads are delivered via http://www.adrive.com.
Click on the images above to see them full size.
For details of how vertical profiles were derived from log files and the structure of the log files see this posting.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 8 June 2006

Stage 9 – Track and Map – Shap to Lockerbie

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Daniel Heery met us at the Greyhound Inn in Shap forĀ  lunch and accommpanied us to Penrith at which point to peeled off and cycled back to Shap.

It was then down to Luke and I
to find our way to Lockerbie. This stage was punctuated with the crossing of the Scottish border. This was a long, long day (130 miles) full of the
sense of achievement. It was particularly hard for Luke who was only
into his second day.

We rounded off the day with an Indian meal in the old cinema in
Lockerbie where we were served by a chap who looked just like Yasser
Arafat!

Download log file (text format): S09D06p.log

Download track file (Magellan MapSend format): S09D06p.trk


Second of two stages today

Distance (miles): 59.92
Saddle time (hh:mm:ss): 4:22:36
Average speed (mph): 13.69
Max speed (mph): 31.9
Cumulative distance (miles): 615.97

Notes:
Downloads are delivered via http://www.adrive.com.
Click on the images above to see them full size.
For details of how vertical profiles were derived from log files and the structure of the log files see this posting.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 8 June 2006

Stage 10 – Track and Map – Lockerbie to Hamilton

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This was Luke’s last stage. The original plan was to cycle to Glasgow station for the 2:50pm train. This is the last train that would connect with others to get Luke back to work in Norwich.

A combination of tiredness from the ride the day before and extremely hospitable hosts meant we left a bit later than we had intended. The route was uninspiring (along the A74 right next to the M74 – this played hell with the GPS routing!). It was also pretty windy and in our faces for alot of the time. This is captured in this video clip.

Anyway half way into this stage we realised that we were not going to get to Glasgow in time so we hatched Plan B. We decided to try for an earlier train from Hamilton which would connect with the Glasgow train. This stage now turned into a race a against time over the worse roads so far encountered. At one point I hit the most enormous pothole at speed and lost my GPS – it survived with a few dings and scratches.

We ran into Hamilton station with seconds to spare. I dumped my bike on one platform and ran with Luke across the bridge as his train was coming in. He dived on bike and all and he was gone . . . . emotionally very difficult for me! I was now on my own having had co-riders all the way from Bristol. Luke’s departure is captured here.

Download log file (text format): S10D07a.log

Download track file (Magellan MapSend format): S10D07a.trk

First of two stages today
Distance (miles): 59.32
Saddle time (hh:mm:ss): 4:17:26
Average speed (mph): 13.82
Max speed (mph): 29.00
Cumulative distance (miles): 675.29

Notes:
Downloads are delivered via http://www.adrive.com.
Click on the images above to see them full size.
For details of how vertical profiles were derived from log files and the structure of the log files see this posting.

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