One man's grand tour: Stage 2 of 6

Day 2: Tauton to Craven Arms, Shropshire. The weather has been damp most of the day, but still too warm for a rain jacket. I got breakfast in Cheddar thinking I had time but didn't. The rolling hills into Bristol were slow going and Redhill was a long grind. Bristol was quite difficult to navigate. I'm sure I saw the Cathedral three times. Eventually I did cross the Severn Bridge where I found the going windy and exposed. The Wye Valley with the ruins of Tintern Abbey was just reward for my efforts. The haul from Monmouth to Hereford was tough but after that stretch the terrain became more manageable and I was able to keep a steady pace going. 140 miles clocked but it still took 12 hours.