1997 John O’Groats to Lands End – Day 8 Trumpet to North Petherton

And so into the second week of my journey.

I left Trumpet at 9:15 and quickly settled into my rhythm again.   After just over an hour I turned the corner and saw the welcoming sight of Gloucester Cathedral in the distance – I was really beginning to feel back home again.   I sped through Gloucester and stopped just outside Quedgeley for a milk shake at MacDonalds before heading onto the A38 and lunch with the family.   I did think about stopping to see Sticky but time was against me.

I arrived at the pub at about 1:00 and was greeted by Sarah, Ben, Dolly and Elsie.  After a couple of pints of orange squash and a bag of peanuts I said farewell to them and promptly headed off in the wrong direction out of Almondsbury and ended up doing about 5 miles with Almondsbury a half mile down the road (and I thought I knew the area!).

I got back onto the A38, went across the Clifton Suspension bridge and after a long climb up out of Bristol to Lulsgate and the airport had a super flat ride to Bridgwater.  I met Dad at North Petherton and was transported back to our camp site for the evening.   It was great to retrace my steps in the car knowing that these were miles already covered and that I would have to be taken back to my finishing place in the morning.   Another enjoyable meal in the pub and a good nights sleep.

This was the last day that Mum and Dad were providing my back-up.   It was really good of them to follow me all the way down from the borders and it would have been a difficult and lonely ride without their support.

Daily Mileage: 100.40 miles

Average Speed: 11.20 mph

Cycling Time: 9h 00m

Cumulative Mileage: 724.13 miles

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