Day 20 – Exford to Crowcombe (a low mileage day to meet Danny/ a second rest day)

Thursday 15th March

I woke up early with the intention of cycling to Porlock and trying the steepest A road climb in the UK. After experiencing how wet the roads were I changed my mind and headed towards Dunster instead. I’ve been struggling to get traction on my back wheel on steep climbs whilst fully loaded, it’s ok if this happens when there is nothing around and I can choose my line on the road but I thought this would be unsafe on an A road. So after whimping out of this I had a fantastic breakfast in Dunster (a very scenic medieval village) instead.

Whilst having breakfast I realised that I had passed into Somerset without realising. This part of the coastline isn’t as scenic as Devon, I assume the tide was out but the sea didn’t have the same colour blue as Cornwall and Devon and there are quite a few large caravan parks.

Danny is getting the train into Taunton this evening so I have diverted off the coastline a little to meet him in Crowcombe. I haven’t seen Danny since I started so I am really looking forward to cycling together for the next three days. Tomorrow morning I will do another 100 climb over the Quantock Hills and then it will be relatively flat as we cycle into Wales. When I cycled up from the coast to Crowcombe I felt very intimidated by the dark hills to my left and it is over these we have to go tomorrow! The locals in the pub have been trying to put me off!

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