On Saturday 21st July at 5am Nate Bunch and Joe Gibbs set off with myself, Ian Bunch, on a 300km odyssey which seemed to cover the entire country.
Heading south through Droitwich, Worcester to Cheltenham where we had a brief stop before tackling the A435 climb to Seven Springs. Luckily it was still early morning and the heat hadn’t kicked in. Once over the top it was a nice steady run to Cirencester and on through some picturesque lanes to Malmesbury. Heading further south we crossed the M4 (Correctly identified by Nate, no idea how) and onto Chippenham for a lunch break. Here Nate discovered his phone had jumped out of his pocket and was lying in the undergrowth of a Wiltshire lane.
Following the A4 via Corsham and onto Bath was a quick section with a welcome section of downhill through Box. Progress through Bath was slow due to traffic but eventually we escaped the town on the Bristol-Bath cycleway. This is a quiet and efficient way of getting to Bristol but is very busy in parts so no smashfest. Once into Bristol centre we navigated the redevelopment works by Temple Meads and headed out past Spikes Island onto the Portway through the Avon Gorge.
Turning North we briefly left the tarmac to climb up to Blaise Castle through the Dingle and swerve around static teenage tourists. After a quick refuel in Henbury we pressed on to Almondsbury and the A38. We arrived in Gloucester late afternoon for some more rest and refueling.
More A38 for a few miles before heading across to the west of the River Severn crossing Haw Bridge and up through Corse Lawn and into Upton. This coincided with the town being closed to traffic due to the annual blues festival. A bit of walking with the bikes and a detour through a carpark brought us back onto the route and over the river. We rejoined the A38 and had a bit of a tired TT effort as we descended through Severn Stoke and into Worcester. The pubs looked very inviting at that time of the evening (as every one had since lunchtime) but we cracked on up the A449 to the merry metropolis of Kidderminster.
All in 309km is a decent day out on a bike. 13h30m of riding time is awesome for two 14 year old lads who never complained all the way round (unlike myself cursing aches and pains). Returning home Nate found his phone sitting on the sofa. No idea how, but he’d spent most of the day mourning its loss.
Next up is the Mike Haddon challenge….at a mere 300 miles. That maybe next years target.