Dad is camping on the CC site on the outskirts of Bude http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bude. In fact he nearly cycled past it! Today and last night has been very wet and windy. The only compensation to a very wet day was that he had a tail wind! He even had to pack up the tent this morning in the rain (I bet it's twice as heavy wet!). It's now stopped raining so hopefully it will all dry out by morning. He got to the camp about 3.00 pm and had a long hot shower. He tumble dried everything he'd been wearing including the shoes!
Today's route took him out via Newquay http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newquay. There were lots of coach company's picking up people from outside the hotels. Newquay was larger than he remembered. Dad decided against going down the coast route to Padstowe as there were a lot of arrows on the map (ie lots of hills!!) and he didn't fancy walking in the rain. So instead he picked up the A39 to St Columb Major and onto Wadebridge. It is one of the major roads through Cornwall but it is wide and the cars gave Dad plenty of remove. In Wadebridge he stopped for a well earned bacon buttie and left the seats and tables wet from his clothes as he left! Wadebridge was a very biker friendly town and there were several bike routes (the Camel trails http://www.destinationcornwall.co.uk/Camel%20Trail/signs/maps.htm ) leading from there but one was for Padstowe and the other Bodmin and neither were in the direction Dad needed. Instead Dad picked up the B3314 and cycled passed the British Cycle Museum http://www.aboutbritain.com/BritishCyclingMuseum.htm but Dad was that wet that he decided to cycle on as he would have just left pools of water if he'd gone to have a look around. He then headed into Tintagel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintagel and had his faith restored in the Cornish Pastie. You could actually watch through the window them being made. Dad said the massive Cornish Pastie made his day! I think this is probably where he went http://www.pengennapasties.co.uk/pages/about_pengenna/about.htm It was on through Boscastle (the site of the devastating floods a few years ago) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boscastle and onto the campsite.
While doing his laundry Dad got chatting to someone who lives on Keele campus (his wife works there!). Small world.
Dad has picked up some supplies from the camp store. On the menu tonight is cup-a-soup, beans and sausage followed by custard and broken biscuits! He didn't buy the biscuits broken - that's what comes with stuffing stuff in your panniers.
Tomorrow he is heading for Woolacombe and hopefully a dryer day!