(2) A test run on Exmoor
A couple of weeks ago our friend and route planner extrordinaire Andy B orgnanised a test run over Exmoor for us to check out if we are ready for our forthcoming adventure.
We set off from home and stayed the night in Witheridge with Andy and Emma who cooked an amazing dinner for us. We left the next morning with full bellies of fried breakfast, porridge and blueberries and headed to Exmoor. Andy B decided we should go via Lynmouth where we had a hot chocolate and icecream stop before riding up Canterbury hill. The sight of Andy sat at the top of the hill with a tray of 6 pints was fantastic as that hill nearly finished me off!
Our campsite for the night was in Brendon in the Doone valley – a very pretty spot. After we put the tent up, we headed to the pub for a pint or two and dinner. Needless to say we slept well!
Jacky, Andy B, Julian, Tim, Sharon and Andy P ready for day 2 of our tour across Exmoor – unknown to us at this point there was lots more climbing ahead of us!
Andy P and Tim about to climb a long hill
We set off after a good breakfast of porridge and honey and were taken over some massive hills – the steepest hill was 1:3 – not easy on a steel bike loaded with kit! We made it to Exford where we spent the night with our friend Sara in her Mum’s field.
On the final day it didn’t stop raining and we gratefully made our way to the Filleigh estate for some soup and tea. I managed to get a lift home with our friend Tina and Tim bravely cycled back with Andy B.
We climbed over 3,500 metres over the 3 days and felt thoroughly exhausted by the time we got home but our bikes and kit held out.