Set off and realised the road was a lot hillier than it looked by map or car, hugging the coast and dropping down to every inlet (and going back up the other side). And the wind is blowing right into my face - the idea of starting in the south west was to have the prevailing wind behind me. Already getting very hot in my waterproofs...
Settling into the ride I start to pass some of those classic Cornwall names - Bojewyan, Bottallack, Kelynack, Woon Gumpus Common and Boswednack.
Things going pretty well until just before lunch, when the really serious coastal hills start. There's really nothing quite as depressing on a bike as shooting downhill at 35 mph, knowing that you will have to climb up a 15% gradient on the other side any minute.
Had lunch with Clare and wonder if I've made a terrible mistake deciding to do this...
By Newquay the hills appear to be straight up and down and the town is full of 'Race To The Sun' idiots driving around in their souped-up Vauxhall Novas.
Finally made it to Padstow for a drink and fish & chips by the harbour, accompanied by Morris-style dancers with accordians and drums (no-one blacked up, thankfully).
Here's a map of today's route (which confirms the amount of climbing today - 4,000 feet is a lot for me!):