- Well that was a long ol' bike ride!! Sustrans route 2 tour…
I’d taken this week off,planning to have a little tour from Plymouth all the way back home (Worthing), following the Sustrans NCN route 2..
I got the train to Plymouth on Sunday, and kipped over in Saltram park, the headed off on Monday.
I’d originally planned to do it over 3 days, but realised that I actually get bored of my own company, and having reached the ‘designated bivi spot’ at 1400 on day one, I simply carried on riding until it got dark!
I popped up the tarp, went to bed, and pretty much did the same thing on the second day!
100ish miles and 2600m climbing on day one, and 150ishmiles and 1060m climbing day two!
So a 3 day tour turned into a two day one – it was nice to come back home and see the wife and child though!!
I’ll do a full write up on my blog soon, but for now here’s some photos from the trip 🙂
I’ve no idea how Mike Hall bashes out those miles day after day after day!!!
DrPPosted 4 years ago
All in all there were FIVE ferries involved!!!
Sandbanks, Hythe, Hamble, Gosport, and Hayling…. ‘spensive times at sea!!
As for tarp pics – the first night I was in some odd archway thing (A Plymouth local is sure to recognise) and strung the tarp up between the scaffold that was holding it up..
It was a bit baggy at the front, but I couldn’t be bothered to tension it!
The second night I was on a water company reservoir/mound thing (I think Dottery Reservoir just outside Bridport). I knew I wouldn’t be bothered there!
The bike (Tripster ATR) and all the ‘stuff’ came in at about 40lb..
DrPPosted 4 years ago
Late to the party but thanks DrP for your post and await an update on your blog. 😀
That was some distance you were covering each day so a bloomin’ well done for that and ferries definitely add to the excitement. Pardon the ignorance but was this on road only?
Hope I didn’t really put you off the Wessex Way (was just being honest) but reckon it would be a great ride. Don’t rule it out – just wear full body cover as I do. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
C-G; about 80% of the route was tarmac road of varying quality.
The other 20% was ‘gravel’ type track. Very similar to the Downs Link, for example.
As such, I think if one were to stick completely true to the NCN route 2 (as I did) then a proper road bike WOULDN’T be great for it – there’s simply too much grave/off road.
However, a Tripster (know anyone who’s just got one, perchance… 😉 ) etc etc is the ideal bike for this – comfy for the long road stints, and manages the gravel sections with ease!
DrPPosted 4 years agojobroMember
Well done on giving the Tripster a “proper ride” I’m sure Kinesis will be very pleased you have covered the A and the T in ATR!
Something you may be interested in doing next year:-
I really enjoyed this event. I guess you could call it gravel racing.
Thatll tick off the R right there 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Thanks DrP, useful info there. Believe it or not but I’ve just been through the complete bloomin’ thread (again!) to read up on tyres and mudguards. 😀
You plus other Tripster owners have inspired me to get organised!
The Neolithic Marathon – years ago I ran that, Avebury got me buzzing. 8)Posted 4 years agogonetothehillsSubscriber
Great stuff, Dr P. Along similar lines (except your mileage and pace was significantly higher!) to my jaunt in September – road and lots of gravel make for great Tripster fun. I’m going to enjoy looking at that route, as I grew up in Weymouth so any excuse to ride that part of the world is a good one. Cracking pics as ever too. Happy days 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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