Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 1

Day 3 - Rest & Repairs in St. Just

I took a free lift into Truro this morning with my knackered bike - the offer came from a couple in a caravan opposite where I had pitched my tent. Their driving was pretty poor, and I had my eyes closed for a lot of the time.

In Truro, I tried 2 cycle shops and Halfords, and eventually left the bike at the first shop I tried - Truro Cycles. I decided they had better diagnostic skills than the other shops I visited. They noticed that I had damaged a number of spokes on the rear wheel which I had not noticed, and they pulled the derailleur back into its proper shape.

I left the bike with them to replace the spokes and I got a taxi back to the campsite which cost me about £20! While in town I had also seen a gas conversion kit for a Trangia in a camping shop, and despite thinking about it for a long time I didn't buy it.

Back at the campsite I find that a family of birds are nesting in the hedge right next to where I have pitched my tent, and I start to feed them bits of bread and pasta. A little later I notice the 'please do not feed the animals' signs placed around the campsite.

I end up eating loads of food in the evening. I hear today that Newquay and St. Columb had had 2 inches of rain yesterday with flooded roads and houses etc. Truro cycles workshop in fact had been flooded but I hadn't experienced any rain at all from Hayle to Trethem Mill - I must have been very lucky.

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