Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Day 17 - Okehampton to St Austell

A really tough day today, with some horrendous climbs.

We joined the A 386 towards Tavistock, which climbed onto the edge of Dartmoor.

Then a fast descent through Mary Tavy to Tavistock. Here we joined the A390 and had a stiff climb out of the town, then a drop down to cross over the river Tamar and into Cornwall.

We had a real killer climb through Gunnislake to Drakewalls. We then continued along rolling roads to Callington and stopped for a picnic lunch at Liskeard.

From Liskeard, we dropped onto the newly completed Dobwalls Bypass and turned off at the first opportunity into Dobwalls village. It was now baking hot and there was very little tree cover. We continued on the A390 to cross the river Fowey at Lostwithitiel and another stiff climb out of the valley. We eventually made it to our overnight stop at St Austell and stopped at the Travelodge.

53.63 miles today
in 5hrs 21 mins
Ave 10.01 mph
Total so far 999 miles

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