JOGLE Day 11 – Tiverton to Liskeard

A Yorkshireman emerges through the rain

The penultimate day of our ride from John o’Groats to Land’s End took us from Tiverton to Liskeard across Dartmoor. At ‘only’ 100km it was our shortest stage but turned out to be a proper hard ride, with 2,370m of climbing (the most so far in one day) much of which was steep – it included 9 categorised climbs, as we cyclists like to call them. It was mostly wet, or very wet, which added to the difficulty, although as you can see from the photos we were also blessed with sunshine on occasion.

That all said, with Mike finding his climbing legs after 10 days, we were all in agreement that it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. It probably helped being in the wilds of Dartmoor away from the A-roads that had been our route for the past 4 days. Sue also had company by way of Mike’s wife Tracy and local friend Becca who popped in to provide moral support and Jelly Babies.

On a final note I’m afraid to say that we found the Cornish drivers to be the least respectful of the entire journey, and after 850 miles of travelling, it wasn’t until we crossed the Tamar that we got our first bit of verbal abuse (from a white van driver naturally).

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Pasty stop
Pasty stop
Mike on the Clapper bridge
Mike on the Clapper bridge
On Dartmoor
On Dartmoor
Darren on Dartmoor
Darren on Dartmoor
Approaching the weather
Approaching the weather
Mike shrugging off the weather
Mike shrugging off the weather
Unsuccessfully cowering from the rain
Me unsuccessfully cowering from the rain
A Yorkshireman emerges from the cloud
A Yorkshireman emerges through the rain
Cornwall – the final county
The final county