Beautiful training trip – Budleigh Salterton to Beer and back, 40km

Longest strength training trip to date, just shy of 40km, had to cut short due to a slightly late start! Beautiful trip, stunning scenery, crystal clear sea and no wind on the way out. Trying to increase my distance to prove I go do a 40km day and still have some strength left, in prep for the sponsored challenges (IOW and Cornwall-Devon exped) to come.

Set off from Budleigh with a tide going east, had planned to make it to Seaton by lunch but tide assistance wasn’t quite as good as hoped so stopped just 3km short, at Beer. From my reading of the tide stream charts the tide was supposed to be against me for the 1st hour then with me for the next 2, but on the return leg I had the tide and an increasing wind against me for the whole long 3hr leg. For the last hour the wind got up, picking up a 1-2ft wave chop. Was blooming knackered by the end, but still managed to leg the boat over slimey rocks, wade a river and run the 1/2 mile to the car park so can’t be too bad I suppose.

Looking forward to the IOW circumnav now (I think!) – see the Trackpod route

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