1997 John O’Groats to Lands End – Day 7 Stretton to Trumpet

We had breakfast at the Little Chef next door to the Travelodge.   Dad was suffering from a hangover from his couple of pints from the previous night so did not feel up to a cooked breakfast (he only had two pints!).

I was on the road again by 09:00 heading south to Whitchurch where I stopped for a drink and a roll before heading on to Shrewsbury where the rain set in again.  I took the by-pass around Shrewsbury which was mostly a cycle track before finding the A49 signposted to Ludlow and Leominster.   This was probably the worst road of the entire ride for traffic, very busy and not very wide.   The pouring rain did not help and I decided to try to find some side roads just to give myself a break.   I managed to find one or two but all eventually came back to the main road.

I met Mum and Dad in Leominster and sent them on ahead to find some digs for the night as with the rain camping was out of the question.   I eventually came across them 4 miles short of Ledbury at a little village called Trumpet where they had found an excellent Bed and Breakfast in an old converted farm house and an even better, there was a pub literally across the road.   We has another excellent pub meal and tonight Dad decided to stick to the cider.

A good ride today physically apart from the rain and the traffic. and tomorrow I would be back on home soil around Bristol and was meeting Sarah and Ben for lunch at the ‘Bowl’ at Almondsbury.   It will be really great to see them again as it has now been over a week since I had left them on Fareham railway station.

Daily Mileage: 104.50 miles

Average Speed: 10.70 mph

Cycling Time: 9h 45m

Cumulative Mileage: 623.73 miles

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