25.08.2012 - 26.08.2012 17 °C
Day 1 dawns wet and windy. Its blowing a gale down at Lands End, where we managed to sneak a photo without having to pay the "official" photographer. That's us, the four guys in lycra with the RNIB t shirts. Luckily the 25 mph wind is a south-westerly and right at our backs, which makes the rain tolerable. Just 2 or 3 miles out is a pig of a hill just to get us all warmed up. But that was the worst of the day. After Penzance and Marazion we turned inland, finally stopping at a place called Pen something or Tre something (this is Cornwall) for a pub lunch. They'd stopped serving food, but managed to find some leek soup and baguettes. We sat in a corner like drowned rats and ate. The rain stopped in the afternoon and we made good progress to Wadebridge with the wind at our backs. Mandy was waiting with hot tea and malt loaf and assorted treats. Just had enough energy left to eat, have a hot shower and fall asleep. We'd chosen an 'easy' 62 miles for the first day in order to acclimatise. Probably just as well!