Friday, 3 August 2007

Day 17 - Embla to Lands' End

August 1st

The day was gloriously sunny and warm. The sea was still.

Tom's Mum, Ruth, had arrived by breakfast, having driven through the night, with a couple of hours' sleep at a service station.

We all began leisurely. The boys finally got ready, with just another 20 odd miles to go, and dressed in t-shirts and jeans rather than their biking gear. Knowles donned his flip-flops, dismissing a suggestion that he might need his bike shoes, which I think he might have regretted later after he collided with a wall, sustaining some nasty grazes.

But they did take puncture repair kits and spares. Panniers were left behind at the campsite.

They departed by a coast route from Embla, while the supporters converged on Morrisons to buy the requisite celebratory beers and chocolate cake.

We spotted them riding down the hill to Lands' End around 1pm. Fortunately, a tourist coach parked on the Finish line moved out of the way as they came up the final 100 yards.

Well done you guys!

Photos show departure from Embla Farm, coming up the final stretch, crossing the line and the winning champagne shower.

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