WE HAD DONE IT.
We spent a good couple of hours taking photo's, texting and making phonecalls, posting postcards, drinking coke and eating ice cream before taking a leisurely ride back to Penzance, elated and relieved.
We made our way to Wedmore then turned off into tiny lanes across the Somerset Levels, to emerge in Bridgewater. We followed the A38 out of Bridgewater, which was quite busy, so we turned off at the first opportunity and joined the Bridgewater and Taunton Canal.
We followed the towpath right into the centre of Taunton, stopping for tea and cake along the way. We were following Sustrans route 3, but couldn't pick up the route out of Taunton and had to join the extremely busy A38.
Most of the traffic turned off at the motorway junction and we continued along the A38 past Wellington, then up a long climb to cross into Devon, before descending to our overnight stop, the Travelodge at Sampford Peverell.
The planned route went over the Wrekin, but we diverted west towards Cressage, where we took a minor road towards Much Wenlock. We had to climb a 1 in 6 hill, up Wenlock Edge before dropping into the town. We had a quick look round but there wasn't much to see. We continued up another steep climb along a road running parallel to Wenlock Edge, which we followed all the way to Ludlow. This road gave superb views of Brown Clee Hill on the other side of the valley. We eventually made it to Ludlow and a much deserved rest day.
76.30 miles today
In 7 hrs 8 mins
Ave 10.68 mph
Total to date 725 miles