178 miles down, 31 to go.
Things were going well so I decided to put in some extra miles and have got 14 in the bank. That leaves 31 on Day 4, most of it uphill.
Bath to Bristol was ok as expected and the weather was good. The big difference was getting through Bristol to the Severn Bridge 50 minutes faster than on the trial run last weekend. It’s amazing how much easier it is when you know where you are going and don’t get any punctures. I hope it stays that way.
Crossing the severn bridge was as amazing as last week and you really get to feel the bridge swaying in the wind. It was then into the unknown heading from Chepstow to Caldicot but it turned out ok with no wrong turns. Caldicot to Undy was a bit trickier as the road turned into a farm track for a few miles and it was like the kango hammer experience all over again. It also didn’t help cycling into a strong headwind. The wind turbines along the road were going faster than my pedals. However, I really wanted to try and get ahead of the game because of the hills on Day 4 so I kept on going to Tredegar Park in Newport.
The route included a crossing on the Newport transporter bridge which had to be seen to be believed. It is one of only 2 of its type left in the world. The last part of the ride also included a very hairy mile or so on the dual carriageway a48 with cars and lorries swerving around me at speed.
Unfortunately, tomorrow will not be a happy anniversary, but it will be a memorable one.