Today was (as they say) one of two halves. It was a relatively short ride to my cousin’s house in Somerton (the ancient capital of Wessex – learned from the town sign on the way in). The route took me through some fine rural agricultural landscape, and onto a section of road closed for repairs. Not knowing what the diversion looked like, I negotiated to walk past the road-menders who had ripped up all the tarmac for about 1 km and were also replacing the manhole covers etc in the road. This was excellent as I had about 3 km of B road completely to myself. Towards the end I came to the village of Long Load (I imagine there are many jokes) where most front gardens had some sort of scarecrow/guy in attendance. Here are just a few of those.
I was happy to see a village all working together to have a bit of fun – and to enjoy it without traffic. I’m told that Long Load is one of those on the Somerset Levels that is prone to flooding – I hope a sustainable fix to that has been implemented.
Todays totals: 48.9 km, 682 m ascent, 2 tubs. (Yesterday because I forgot again: 67.5 km, 1100 m ascent, 9 tubs)
Running totals: 461 km, 6288 m ascent, 39 tubs