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Static Caravan In Cornwall 2005 - Day 8

We’ve been lead to believe we need to be out of the caravan before 1200. So it is 0900 before we get out of bed and start the disheartening task of packing up. At 0945 I notice cleaners in a caravan next to ours and think they started early there. Whilst carrying out one of the many items to be loaded one of the cleaners informs me we need to be out of the van by 1000! A mad rush follows trying to get everything onto the bike, get the gf organised and ensuring nothing has been left in the caravan. It is 1020 before we are ready to go.

We get on the bike and set off. On the way out we spot my friend’s son who waves to us. And so it is we are back on the road and heading back to the reality of everyday life. And the first thing that brings us down is the traffic. The A30 is jammed solid, I’m filtering and overtaking at 10mph past cars who are going nowhere. We’ve only done 40 miles before I need a rest and I spot a sign for a lake.

2 miles of twisty lanes take us to Roadford Reservoir. It is gorgeous here, I have stumbled upon a perfect place to stop. The sun is shining on the water and the large concrete dam at the end and it is peaceful. There is a café so I send the gf off to get refreshments and I sit on the banking next to the bike. We drink and I visit the clean toilets. Well, they were clean until I left them. There are 2 other bikes there and one older rider talks to me about his bike and mine then it is time we were back on the road.

Roadford Reservoir

The rest of the ride home was very hard work. This is the last weekend of the long summer holidays and the whole world and his wife are going home today. Children are packed into cars between bedding and windbreaks. These cars are packed into motorways for endless miles that move slowly. Everyone is hot, thirsty and short tempered. No-one wants to go home, there is nothing to look forward to. Motorway services come and go and signs and towns come and go. It seems like forever before we are finally back on the familiar roads of the gf’s home town.

And that is the end of the journey. Could I recommend Cornwall? I certainly could. It has beauty and countryside and nowhere is far from anywhere. If you like beaches there are plenty of them, and things to do at the beach. Plenty of small towns, villages and hamlets. It is a tourist trap. BUT! If you are looking for wild adventure, remoteness and a feeling of being totally away from anywhere, look elsewhere. Try to avoid the main peak periods if you can, traffic is horrendous.

Static Caravan In Cornwall 2005 - Day 1
Static Caravan In Cornwall 2005 - Day 2
Static Caravan In Cornwall 2005 - Day 3
Static Caravan In Cornwall 2005 - Day 4 Just a lazy day at the beach with nary a motorcycle in sight.
Static Caravan In Cornwall 2005 - Day 5
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Static Caravan In Cornwall 2005 - Day 8

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