LEJOG Day 2 – Liskeard to Wellington

Day 2 took us through more of Cornwall, Devon and into Somerset, getting us started on the tradition of taking photos of county signs which continued for the whole trip.  It was also our biggest day of climbing, with 6240 ft of elevation gain, and 6 hours of pedalling.  The big focus of the day was getting over Devon. Though in parts it’s beautiful it was tough, with endless hills and some bumpy roads! I think I’m going to feel its effect on my legs tomorrow, but I’m sure I’ll recover and there’s a lot more adventures to come!

Cornish fox gloves
The best views are at the top of hills

The day started with real excitement when we cross the Devon-Cornwall border then immediately met a 9% hill climb in Devon.

Goodbye Kernow!
Hello Devon! The whole group unusually together for a photo.

We celebrated this first border crossing and big hill climb by stopping in Tavistock where I went for the the regional classic of scones with jam and clotted cream – kick starting the big debate of which should be added to the scone first.  I went for cream then jam which seems to be the Devon way.  In any case they were enormous (and delicious!).

Tavistock – the ‘pannier market’ seemed rather an appropriate name for a stop on a cycling trip!
The giant scones!

After enjoying the beautiful wildness of Dartmoor we stopped at another garden centre for lunch where I carried on ‘regional eating’ by ordering a pasty.  Then we hit the road again riding down country lanes on into Somerset.

Beautiful Dartmoor! Making those hills worthwhile.
That bike, that view!
All the gadgets, the camera didn’t last long on the handlebars as it turned out!
Couldn’t resist a picture with this sign… just missing the ‘yer’!
And Hello Somerset! This was a good day for county signs and this was a rather pretty one that we were very pleased to get to!
Team photo in Somerset!

After 6 hours of cycling from Liskeard to Wellington, riding 78.5 miles across three counties, with 6240ft of elevation gain we were ready for a rest! Day three was really hard work, the hills were bigger and my legs more tired! This certainly isn’t like an 80-miler round Oxfordshire!

A rather smart place to stay!
Not having cycled enough that day, Rachel and I thought we’d do a bit of bonus spinning on our way to the hotel pool & jacuzzi!

Here’s the day’s ride on Strava:

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