LEJOG Virtual Challenge: St. Michael’s Mount to Tresillian…Finally!

I’m starting to think writing this blog about my virtual journey is going to take longer than if I actually did it! I want to make it interesting, however, so I hope anyone reading this is enjoying some of the history, tales and pictures I’ve been able to dig up during my research!

We are at the final stage of my first 46 miles. On this stage we head off the footpath and hit the road by bike which has magically appeared!

This really is my bike. I like to think this phone booth is like the Tardis and can magically transfer me and my bike anywhere.

If Google streetview is any indication this 30 mile route takes us through and around small villages and farmland and seems…flat…ish. I imagine myself constantly saying “stay left, stay left, stay left.”

Once arriving in Truro, I would suggest we rest our legs before the final few miles and take a relaxing river cruise to the coastal town of Falmouth. Here we can visit one of Henry VIII’s castles, Pendennis Castle. More importantly, however, Falmouth was the birthplace of Toad, Mole and Rat, the beloved characters from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.

Photo Left: Paul K., Flickr Photo Right: Copyright, 1908, 1913, by
CHARLES SCRIBNER’S SONS

At last we arrive in the small village of Tresillian and have a well deserved pint and pastie at the appropriately named Wheel Inn, a thatched roof building dating back to the 1300s. Then on to the Spring Cottage Bed and Breakfast for a well deserved rest. Only 1037.6 more miles to go! I leave you with a quote from Toad of The Wind and the Willows.

The open road, the dusty highway, the heath, the common, the hedgerows, the rolling downs! Camps, villages, towns, cities! Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing!

The next installment will be pictures from my real time walks and cycling around Chicago (appropriately social distancing of course) that got me to this virtual point.

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