Week 10 day 70 – Monday 1st June
- 65 minutes at 150 watts (165, 175, 185, 195, 205 for last 5 mins)
- Max heart rate = 155 bpm
- Calories = 691 (total so far 24174)
- Distance covered = 23.41 miles
- Sunday evening ‘real’ bike ride = 7.10 miles
- Total distance so far = 919.27
With the end in sight, I’m running out of time to push myself to the next level. I had another attempt similar to Friday, and I gradually pushed up the watts for the last 5 minutes. My aim was to reach 700 calories – not quite there yet – but just enough to allow me a Cornish Cream Tea – a whopping 670 calories!
Time for a change with the music and I tuned into to the electronic sounds of Leftfield Leftism from 1995.
Today, we bypass Launceston and fork right onto the A395 and then pick up the B3314 as we head towards the north coast of Cornwall. Our stop for today is St Minver.
We are on the outskirts of Bodmin Moor, a granite moorland 208 square kilometres in size, and dating from the Carboniferous period of geological history. It includes Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall, and Rough Tor, a slightly lower peak.
It is often associated with the Legends of King Arthur and it is said that Dozmary Pool (close to the town of Bolventor and the real Jamaica Inn) was the location of the legendary Lady of the Lake.
The village of St Minver and its surrounding area is dominated by the tall spire of St Menefreda’s church named after Saint Menwreda who was one of the 24 children of St Brychan, a Welsh king. Perhaps it should have been named after the long-suffering Mrs St Brychan!
We are passing close to Tintagel, a popular tourist spot for many years. It is believed that the site of Tintagel Castle has been inhabited at least since the late Roman period, and a community flourished here in the 5th to 7th centuries. In the 12th century Tintagel gained literary fame when Geoffrey of Monmouth named it as the place where King Arthur was supposedly conceived. It could be that these stories inspired the wealthy Richard, Earl of Cornwall to build a castle here in 1230. Whatever the background, the legend has endured ever since and Tintagel is famous around the world.
At St Minver we are only a couple of miles from the rugged north Cornwall coast. A short ride and we can reach the tiny cove and hamlet of Port Quin between Rumps Point and Pentire Point, from where we can look south towards Rock and Padstow for the next leg of the journey.
If you have been reading this diary from the start you will know that along with travel, something else we love is food! And now seems a good time to investigate a cream tea.
The precise origin of the cream tea is disputed, though historians have found evidence that a tradition of eating bread with cream and jam existed at Tavistock abbey in Devon during the 11th century.
Nowadays, it is traditionally eaten with a scone although in the past, Cornwall cream teas were actually served on a sweet bread roll, known as the ‘Cornish split’. And of course, the debate still exists: jam first or cream?
According to tradition, a Devon cream tea has the cream sitting on top of the scone, then the jam on top of that, whereas in Cornwall they prefer the jam on first.
We doubt it matters very much as it all tastes delicious. Someone put the kettle on please!
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