Day 2: Boscastle - Minehead
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The Day With The Crash
Distance: 86.3 miles
Ride Time: 5h 39m 35s
Ave Speed: 15.25mph
I woke up feeling like I had been run over by a truck and thinking that it was going to be a very tough day as there was still plenty of climbing to be done. The youth hostel didn't do breakfast so I went to a hotel just up the road and had a full English there then went to the bakery for a scone and fruit cake.
I left at about and it was a long uphill right from the off. I was in bottom gear and grinding my way up. I felt awful. I made it to the A39 which at first was a fast road but as soon as the hills started I was struggling big time.
I had not planned to but I took a cycle path into
About 20miles out from Minehead I was descending at about 25mph. A farmer shot out from a gap between the hedges on a quad bike right into my path. There was no time to break and on a narrow country land nowhere to swerve to. Bang. He smashed into me, hitting the side of my bike. I was on the ground in the blink of an eye and sliding across the tarmac. My first though was that if my bike was damaged then my ride was over - a ride that I had had planned for nearly 4 years. I jumped up and checked my bike over. Initially I thought the front wheel was buckled but it turned out the breaks had just been knocked to the side so that one of the pads rubbed against the wheel.
I cautiously rode my was to the youth hostel at Minehead partly because the incident had shaken me up a little and partly because I was scared that the bike had been damaged and would give way at any minute, causing me to come off again. I'd checked it over but a something like a crack in the frame or wheel could easily have gone unnoticed.
I had fish and chips for tea then went to bed.