Liskeard to Helston via Lizard Point – 80 miles
1019 miles completed – approx 40 to go!
Aim for today was to go down through Cornwall via Bodmin Parkway, Truro and Stithians to Lizard Point (the most Southerly point on mainland Britain) and then back to Helston.
My goodness – so difficult to get up (even with Geoff’s help) but this was our last early start and we had to do it. Our route between Liskeard and Truro was essentially 40 miles of flat (like gold dust in Cornwall) but to cycle safely on the A38 between Liskeard and Bodmin you must be on that road by about 6 15 am.
Very tired as we set off – I had to stop twice on the way up to Dobwalls (our access point for the A38)
Then there was the weather. “I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes, Your love is all around me ……” yes, it could only be described as wet, wet, wet and it was the kind of rain that our clothes were not going to compete with.
After the 10 miles on the A38 we pulled off into the safety of Bodmin Parkway Station – Pete thought we should have our egg baps here in their lovely signal box cafe. This was great although the lady was a bit annoyed with us for making her floor so wet. At this stage we thought it was tempting just to get the train to Penzance but …
Up through the beautiful Lanhydrock Estate and then following cycle route 3 towards Llanivet – Cornish hedgerows full of wild montbretia . An easy ride to the (newish) Victoria Services where our route crossed the A30. Both of us had a mocha here hoping that the caffeine might inject a bit of pace I to our cycling. Pete chatted to a group of cyclists who were training for a London – Paris event (‘No, Pete, don’t even think about it’).
On across Goss Moor – now a cycle track but until 2008 part of the A30 –
And on down the excellent B3275 (empty and flat) to Truro. Here we, as usual, popped into the Duke Street Deli for a sandwich and a cup of tea and a good warm up.
After Truro, you do have to face some hills. Pete and I followed a route on quiet roads up through Carnon Down and Peranwell to Stithians and Rame Cross. At Rame Cross PO I was having a bit of an “I can’t go on” crisis when the lovely man who runs it came to my rescue by making me a cup of tea, giving me some chocolate bars and letting me use their loo – thank you so much! Then down a long unmarked road to Gweek and
, finally, we were on The Lizard headland. Past RNAS Culdrose (last here for Christmas 1983 when I was expecting Vicky). Then wIth another 7 miles to go to get to Lizard Point Pete stopped us by a footpath sign so we could celebrate reaching 1000 miles on our trip!
Finally, in to the very beautiful Lizard Point – scenery to die for (also not raining now) and proper wooden shack cafes (bring your own wine). Wonderful! A kind person took our pic at The Most Southerly Point and then we celebrated with an ice cream overlooking the sea.
Now we headed back to Helston for the night (what a pretty town!). The heavens opened and we arrived like drowned rats outside “No.52” with its river running down the street. A very welcome shower, chance to dry our clothes, Pot Noodle for the last time and bed. Tomorrow Lands End and home.