Friday, 1 June 2012

Day 1: Newport to Porthcawl

This morning, we caught a train to Newport in South Wales where we finished up last year, and embarked on the third leg of our expedition to cycle around the coast of Britain. With the exception of Rad leaving the tickets at his office, and having to get up at the crack of dawn to collect them, things ran pretty smoothly and we were soon cycling into the welsh hills.

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Following a rather industrial start to the ride from Newport, via Penarth RNLI station to Cardiff Docks, we briefly dropped into the Barry Docks RNLI station to meet the crew and fill up the water bottles, before heading on westward.

Somewhat unexpectedly, the scenery rapidly improved, and we were soon heading through some stunning countryside and along dramatic coastline. The next station along the coast was located within the Atlantic College grounds- one of the most stunning schools either of us have seen. Set right on the coast with incredible views across the Severn Estuary, and along the untouched coastline, it was truly amazing, and the school buildings and gardens were spectacular. Following a brief rest in the sun by the sea, in this phenomenal place, we were back on the road.

Finishing off the short first day (90km), we arrived at the Porthcawl RNLI station. On arrival, the crew were just returning from a shout- the first we have seen so far on our tour... They had been called out to rescue a couple who were stranded on a sand bank having been cut off by the tide. All very exciting and thankfully a successful rescue. The very welcoming crew gave us a tour of the station and a cup of tea and offered us the crew room to stay in for the night. Unfortunately we had already booked a b and b down the road so declined, and set of for a shower and supper to re- charge the batteries before an early night.

A fantastic day with good weather to start the trip. Rain forecast for the next few days though, and a lot more hills to come....

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