Week 10 day 71 – Tuesday 2nd June

  • 19 minutes level 16 (bike 1)
  • Max heart rate = 160
  • Calories = 224 (total so far 24398)
  • Distance covered = 5.96 miles
  • Sets of incline bench and abs
  • Total distance so far = 925.23

Today, I repeated my attempt of two weeks ago, cycling at level 16 on the hill programme. I kept the rpm down slightly but still remained over 80rpm and achieved the same result as last time.

A step back in time today to 22 years ago with Blondie and Atomic keeping me company. 

Staying close to the coast, the roads are narrow and twisty but there is no denying the views; travelling this route, we avoid a long inland detour plus we get to make the crossing from Rock to Padstow on the little ferry.

The very popular Rock (known variously as Britain’s St Tropez, Chelsea by the Sea or the Kensington of Cornwall due to the high proportion of affluent tourists and second home owners), was first recorded as Penmayn, Cornish for the head of stones. In 1337 this had become Blaketorre or Black Tor. By the 18th century, the name had become Black Rock and today we have the shortened version, Rock.

A short ride across the Camel estuary and we are in Padstow, or Padstein as it is sometimes called owing to the ubiquitous presence of Rick Stein establishments. As of 2015, his business comprised four restaurants, a bistro, a café, a seafood delicatessen, a pâtisserie shop, a gift shop and a cookery school.

We continue across the headland and our final stop for today is in the tiny hamlet of Treyarnon on the edge of the bays of Treyarnon and Constantine. If you take a walk across the clifftop, you will find many clifftop benches dedicated to relatives of locals and visitors ‘who loved this place’. One reads:

‘Lark song and sea sound in the air, and splendour, splendour everywhere’

But I rather like the sound of this mysterious one: 

‘The Captain and the Purple Lady – The sun is always over the yardarm’.

Rosalind has some happy memories of a mini break in Devon and Cornwall. They didn’t get to meet Rick, but they did stay at the fabulous Gidleigh Park and met Michael Caines, who was chef there at the time.

The end of week 10! We have ‘seen’ so much of the UK on our travels and we hope that the day is soon approaching when we can all venture a little further and experience it for real. Although the blossom has almost gone from the chestnut tree, there’s plenty of summer left. Check in with us next week for the final push!