Day 4 – Norman

We set out from Tiverton for Wells, 68 miles in cloudy but dry weather, negotiating Tiverton and then cycling up the Exe valley along a very twisty main road, through magnificent woods  with the Exe flood plain just below the road.  Off up a long hill to Bampton along a busy B road and then on (up and down) to Wiveliscombe, where we stopped for refreshments. So, on to Taunton, our first large town, which we went round avoiding the centre but not very pleasant.  On through Creech st Michael, and on to small roads, and across the Somerset Levels.  We went up a hill and stopped for lunch at Meare (one of several such places in Somerset) at a factory and show room for wicker work, where they used several different varieties of willow for a pattern effect.  On cycling to Langport beside the River Parrett which we could not see, because there was a huge anti-flood wall between us and the river.  We crossed several levels separated by low hills until we came to a place where we said a temporary goodbye to the others and headed for Wedmore about three miles off our route, and just above  the levels. to visit my nephew Rob.  He and his wife gave us an excellent teas, and we set off to our base in Wells 10 miles away to find we were split between two B and Bs.  I had ridden over 70 miles that day.  Because so much was on the flat it did not seem a strain.

Tom had bought an inverter to help recharge the battery from the support van’s battery.  This converts the battery’s electricity from 12 volt DC to 240 volt AC which the battery’s charger will then transform back to 36 volt DC to charge the battery.  In the two hours that it was connected for it almost completely charged the battery.