Ian’s Cathedral Ride – Update – Day 38

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Exeter Cathedral against a grey skyStart: West Monkton (9.15am)
Finish: Ottery St Mary (6.40 pm)
Distance:  53.7  miles
Bike Time:  5h 22min
Ave Speed: 10.0 mph
Max Speed:  25.2 mph
Total Distance: 2058.0 miles
Total Time:  194h 16min

A slight re-route was planned over the phone with one of Tiggie’s sons.  As I left  there was a slight clicking, which turned out to be a drawing pin just slightly sticking into the tyre.  Upon removing it there appeared to be no damage, but twelve miles later I could feel the lack of pressure and needed to change the inner-tube. It was then that I discovered that some member of the ‘pond-life’ brigade had removed the tool kit from under the saddle. Fortunately a lady in a nearby house had some tyre levers and so I was soon in possession of a rideable bike and refreshed with a mug of tea.  Lunch was a farce.  Then on to Exeter where I managed to replace my tools at Wolf Cycleworx on the outskirts of the city.  A quick visit to the cathedral and then off to Ottery St Mary, hoping to get a mug of tea at a pub on the way, but waited for long enough to write two post cards and rode away before the tea arrived.

Long, long swoop into Ottery and a comfortable Hotel, but no WiFi connection was made!!!


Walsham would not be the same without the village church and the regular sound of the church bells.
If you would like to sponsor this act of pedalling lunacy, taking in a number of Cathedrals in England Wales and Scotland whilst covering a distance of some 2,500 miles, then please complete the sponsor form

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  • Or, complete the form printed in The Observer
  • Or, pick up a form at Rolfes

Drop your completed form in the Cycle Ride box in Rolfes of Walsham or scan and email to Ian at iandmj@tiscali.co.uk

Ian will contact all sponsors on his return.  Thank you.