Friday, 3 August 2007
Day 16 - Lostwithiel to Embla Farm
Sunny and warm. Lots of sunscreen applied. The hills appeared to get less steep but a lot of leg power was still needed.
The tent pitches at Powderham Castle near Lostwithiel in Cornwall were at the furthest end from the shower and lavatory block, but the site owners kindly put the Road Angel satnav that the boys were using on charge overnight and told campsite visitors all about their exploit to encourage donations.
And a huge surprise! Len unexpectedly got extended leave, so he and Sue turned round from home in Leicestershire and drove with George's sister Rosie all the way back to Cornwall.
We like to think that the boys' expression of disbelief as we drove past them on their final leg was of joy at seeing us. But having gone all the way from John O' Groats to Taunton, it seemed a real shame not to be there for the finish and watch them bike over the line at Lands' End.
By the time we reached Embla farm on the Lands' End peninsula, the party consisted of the lads, Adele and Harriet, Jennifer and Charlotte and Victoria, and Len and Sue.
We were all extremely grateful to Jackie and Michaela who loaned us the use of a small enclosed field on the farm for the final two nights. And the use of their substantial barbecue. There was a pre-arrival celebration with copious numbers of burgers, sausages, meat grills and cooked chicken from Morrisons in Penzance.
Photos show departure from Powderham Castle, Len and Sue back at Sainsbury's at Taunton to re-establish their credentials, the back of Adele's car which had been crammed full of belongings not wanted actually on the ride, and Adele, Jackie and Jennifer at Embla Farm.