An afternoon appointment at Aldershot meant I had a ride without the perils of the rush hour in Devon but I knew I would hit a fair amount of traffic for the ride back home. But I didn't let it put me off because it's a route I have done hundreds of times in the past.
Starting in from Plymouth and getting onto the A38 at Marsh Mills, I was immediately greeted by an average speed zone of 50mph where roadworks are being carried out, not quite what I was expecting but the R1200RT is a great bike to cruise along at 50. Heading north towards Exeter I got to see the great views of the South Hams, views that are often missed by car drivers due to being lower down.
Following this ride it wasn't until I was heading back that I noticed how the countryside changed as I passed through the counties, I think I got towards the blackdown hills when I really noticed that the country side was more alive!
There just seems to be more woodland and the roads twist and turn with the landscape, unlike the large flats of Wiltshire where you can see several miles in each direction. Yes they have Stonehenge but it feels like the whole idea is the road has a mission and that's to take everyone to London.
My journey back saw me having more stops than on the way, which allowed me to have my dinner at the side of the road, and a stop at Exeter Services to take on a Costa Coffee... That was a break that was needed, I think it had been about 7 hours since my last coffee, and that's very unusual for me!
The week finished off with the annual Co-Responder refresher training and check which I am please to say I passed, I need to get out and do some third manning with the local ambulance station then I will be able to respond while out on the BloodBikes.