Cycling day 7: Silverton to Brandis Corner

According to my plans there was approximately 50% more climbing to do today compared with yesterday, and in slightly fewer miles. That said there weren’t any sections of continuous lengthy climbs like yesterday, so I managed quite well.

I had lunch at a pub in the village of Bow, a little ahead of the halfway point in today’s leg. Whilst waiting for my food I quickly befriended a cat, who enjoyed several minutes of strokes. I thought, of course, of my own cat Charley taking her ten-week holiday at a cattery near to home.

The village of SheepwashBy the time I reached the village of Sheepwash, a few miles from tonight’s accomodation, I was running ahead of schedule with quite a bit of spare time. So I decided to visit their “Strawberry Tea” event going on in the village. This turned out to be strawberries and tea, rather than strawberry flavoured tea. I don’t like tea, so opted for some squash instead. I got chatting to some people there and they were all very interested to hear about this Three Corners Cycle Ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation. I left with a further £50 of generous sponsorship. I also took the opportunity to plug the OpenStreetMap project and showed how I had OSM data on my GPS.

Unfortunately tonight’s B&B again doesn’t appear to have Internet access again, so the blog and mapping backlog is building up even more.

2 Responses to “Cycling day 7: Silverton to Brandis Corner”

  1. Have you thought of using JOSM and downloading your next area, then doing the mapping offline and saving it until you can connect? I know there are worries if you overlap with someone else who’ll map the same things, but that might not happen for rural areas.

  2. Gregory Williams says:

    I’ll probably start to do that once I get the backlog cleared a bit. Currently I’ve only entered data up until East Ashling (day 3), so there’s quite a bit of catching up to do. Luckily I’ve got to today’s accomodation pretty quickly, and it unexpectedly has WiFi, so I’ll spend the next few hours attempting to catch up with at least some of it.

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