Our first relatively straightforward day!
Up for breakfast at 8 and off by 9. The b&b was the cheapest we have stayed at - and we were given a discount to add to the cause.
The weather was dry when we set off and stayed that way for a couple of hours as we meandered cross country towards the Severn Bridge. The forecast had threatened lots of heavy showers. In the event we only had a couple which weren't very long lasting.
Today's route was fairly straightforward. We had a moment of doubt when we realised that our path across the River Avon seemed to be along the M5 on the Avon Bridge - if we weren't able to use that bridge the trek back inland to The Clifton Suspension Bridge would be a few extra miles. As it turned out we didn't need to worry. Although we had to follow a winding route to get onto it all was fine. It was raining at this point and there was a lot of spray off the traffic.
The section from here up to the Severn Bridge was a mixture of back and main roads. The A403 was certainly less than fun until we eventually picked up the no 4 cycle route. We also had a bit of to'ing and fro'ing getting onto the Severn Bridge - we had been advised to cross on the East side, although as it turned out it was easy to get across on the other side so we should have just .
The big bonus was lunch at an old school friend's parents, John and Frieda in Chepstow, just a few hundred yards from the end of the bridge. I haven't seen them for about 30 years since they left Edinburgh, although Ken and I meet up for a beer about once a year, which is really rubbish considering we both live in Edinburgh :-). We were made really welcome and we had lots of conversation on a variety of topics including family history. Frieda comes from Caithness and I have ancestors from that part of the world. We left Chepstow well stuffed after the best lunch we've eaten by far.