Cycling day 9: St. Breward to Newquay

Camel TrailApproximately half of today’s distance was planned to follow the Camel Trail, a fantastic traffic-free route following the river Camel where a railway used to run. However I made such good progress along this route that it was only mid-morning by the time I’d completed it, so I added another approximately 11 mile loop into my journey to take in an alternative braid of NCR32 as well as the one I planned to take.

I also heard the great news this evening that back home the riverside cycle route between Canterbury and Chartham, which will form part of NCR18 and for which campaigning has been going on for over 20 years, has finally been given the go-ahead at tonight’s Development Control Committee meeting.

I’ve managed to catch up with some of the data entry this evening, because I’ve got a WiFi connection at tonight’s guest house again. Just as I started to write this blog posting though some drama has kicked off outside. A girl has just smashed in the front windows of a building opposite. A silly thing to do, particularly as the police station is on the opposite corner of the junction. Two police officers have just jogged out and arrested her.

3 Comments on “Cycling day 9: St. Breward to Newquay

  1. Good news indeed about Chartham-Canterbury. I actually cycled from Rochester to Canterbury on Sunday, and it would have been nice to have that lower-level alternative to the final hills at St Augustine’s and Cockering.

    Looks like you’ve got at least a couple more days of sunshine, you’ve been lucky with the weahter so far!

  2. Well the police did call round at the guest house after I’d made this posting. After a bit of toing and froing with their team across the road and when they were just about ready to take a statement from me it transpired that the girl had actually smashed the window to her own property! So no statement was necessary in the end.

    As for Chartham-Canterbury, we’re very pleased that it’s finally gone through. You can be assured that I’ll have it mapped the moment the final route is in place. I’ve already had the proposed route showing on OpenCycleMap for quite some time. It’ll indeed be nice to eliminate the hills, and indeed the high-speed traffic on the alternative routes up until now.

    I’ve been extremely lucky with the weather so far and know that it’ll have to turn at some point. I can deal with the rain though, so it’s not a major issue; just unpleasant.

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