Week 10 day 68 – Saturday 30th May

  • 25 minutes level 15 (bike 1)
  • Max heart rate = 159
  • Calories = 283 (total so far 23483)
  • Distance covered = 8.17 miles
  • Plus Friday evening ‘real’ bike ride = 7.10 miles
  • 10 x 45kg on bench and 8 x 80kg on deadlift
  • Total distance so far = 888.76

We are getting near the end of the challenge and we have made steady progress. However, I decided it was time to try and improve on my PB and I put the level on the hill programme back up to 15. With notes on my previous PB broken down into minutes so I could track my progress, I was pleased to achieve 8.17 miles; an improvement of 0.2 on previous PB – and 22 extra calories!

My listening today was another blast from the past with Edwin Starr and Contact.David actually met Edwin once at what was then Ronelles in Cambridge. Maybe he was recapturing his youth as apparently that was when he was competing at his best!  

Today we had a change of plan. Having been inland for a large part of the journey, and given a choice of three routes through Cornwall, we opted for the slightly longer route via the north coast.

The Friday evening bike ride together with today’s mileage takes us to Liftondown on the A30 just outside Launceston. On the way we pass through the delightfully named Broadwoodwidger (broad wood of the Wyger family) and we are passing through yet another AONB, the Tamar Valley.

One of the villages worth stopping at slightly to the south of our route, would be Lydford; apparently once an economic powerhouse, and much fought over. 

It first appears in recorded history in 997, when the Danes made a plundering expedition up the Tamar and Tavy as far as ‘Hlidaforda’ (Lydford).

Much later, during the English Civil War, Lydford was the haunt of the then notoriousGubbins band, a gang of ruthless cut-throats and highwaymen, who took advantage of the troubled times to make their attacks. 

Today it is a pretty and peaceful village on the river Lyd which tumbles through some stunning gorges and is home to the White Lady Waterfall.

Water has featured in one form or another in the many of the beauty spots we have visited on the way and in many of our personal travels. From the start of the journey on the wild and rugged east coast of Scotland, over to the north west coast of England and down through the Lake District and the midlands, crossing many rivers on the way, we have always been drawn to the power of water.

Here are a few of our travel snaps. Mary was at Victoria Falls, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia two and a half years ago (although sadly in the ‘dry’ season) and Rosalind was at the Iguazu Falls, on the border between Argentina and Brazil over New Year.

 It is one of the great sadnesses of the lockdown that unless we are fortunate enough to live near the coast or by a lake, we are denied the calming and healing properties of being near water. 

Scientists have attempted to come up with all manner of theories as to why water and in particular thundering waterfalls and majestic seas should have this effect. 

But it could be simpler than science. Waterfalls have a powerful pull, inspiring a sense of wonder and maybe danger, while the beach brings us pleasure and contentment because of what we do when we get there. 

We may do nothing but sit and look at it, enjoying the rhythmic and soothing sound of the waves.  Or we can take a walk along the shore, doing nothing more taxing than hopping over waves or scooping up the occasional shell. We might release our inner creativity, building sandcastles with children, or unleash our adventurous spirit with swimming, snorkelling, surfing or sailing. 

Meanwhile, we must be patient but for many of us, top of the post lockdown agenda will be a trip to the sea or lakes.