Day 10 - Barnstaple to Bridgewater

Posted by: Rob on 31/07/2019

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Distance: 61.33 mi

31/07/2019 07:44:36 BST

Elev. gain: 4408.79 ft

Total time: 8:58:03

Riding time: 6:12:10

Ave. temp: 64.40 °F

Ave. speed: 9.89 mph

Max speed: 39.82 mph

Ave. power: 0.11 hp

Energy ex.: 8098.29 Btu

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606.29 mi
A dry day. Hooray!
Sun and Cloud Icon  Mostly sunny

There was a fair bit of rain during the night, but when I woke up, my tent was bathed in early morning sunlight. So I packed up ang got ready to go. I gave my tyres a bit of air and oiled the chain which was getting pretty noisy after a couple of wet days.

I was already at around 500ft but I had nearly a thousand more to the top of Exmoor. If course, those feet don't all come together - it's up a bit, down a bit, up a bit more, down a bit etc.. In fact it's really frustrating to gain a load of altitude only to lose it almost immediately with a downhill section. 

So after much up and down it levelled out at between 1100 and 1300ft for quite a while. 

I've done Exmoor a few times before, but I took a different route this time - a road further north. To be honest, it wasn't as nice as most of the views were hidden by trees and stuff! The other road with all the ponies is much nicer. Still, at least I did something different. 

Not much happened really, it was a nice sunny day and the miles ticked by. 

I found a campsite I liked the look of, but when I got there I'd only done 47 miles and it was only 20 past 3. Reception didn't open until 4.30, so I took that as a sign that I was being slack! So I found another near Bridgewater and headed there. It was pretty much down hill all the way and took no time at all. 

It's the cheapest and most basic of all the sites I've stayed at. It has one toilet, one shower, a tap a bit of grass and a decent 4G signal. What more do you need? 

I've had my dinner (I've cooked for myself 3 nights in a row now!), washed up and am ready to settle down and read for a bit before bed. I am pretty tired after all the climbing. I am more or less done with hills now. There'll still be a few, but nothing like the crazy get off and walk stuff I've had recently. 

Not got much of a plan for tomorrow other than mostly west! We'll see where I end up... 

 

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Blue sky!
Heading up...
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Exmoor
More moors
River near Simonsbath
Exford
The sea with Wales in the distance
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Curry and pasta for dinner
Dessert
Chickens!

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  mikej on 01/08/2019

Italian - Indian fusion cuisine could be the next foodie trend! I think you'll have to sharpen up on the desserts, though, Rob.
 

  Rob on 31/07/2019

It's a perfectly acceptable combination 😛
 

  Karen on 31/07/2019

Accidentally posted the same comment 3 times- oops
 

  Karen on 31/07/2019

We are debating here whether curry and pasta are a good combo ....apparently they do it for school dinners and it’s nice - but doesn’t sound right to me. At least the sun’s out again :)
 

  Karen on 31/07/2019

We are debating here whether curry and pasta are a good combo ....apparently they do it for school dinners and it’s nice - but doesn’t sound right to me. At least the sun’s out again :)