Day 3 – Friday 27th July

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The third day was due to be a relatively short one of just under 40 miles taking us to Bristol nicely acclimatised before we severely up the pace for the next three days.
The day started with out lovely AirBnB hosts James and James giving us a fiver for the fund.
As this was a shorter day we split it into two sections and Carole did the first from Bridgwater to Winscombe. This turned out to be just over 20 miles and was reportedly really flat, zigzagging around fields across the Somerset Levels, apart from a nasty hill just before the end. Meanwhile, Dave drove to Winscombe and visited the local charity shops while waiting.
On Carole’s arrival, Dave set off for Bristol. He went up and down the first hill of the day then his phone rang. Carole reminding him he still had the car keys! So back to the start, up and down the hill in reverse and an extra 2 1/2 miles covered,  grrrrrr. Off he went again with a feeling of deja vu. The ride itself was lovely – but a bit hot – and took in lots of country lanes. A few small hillocks, but largely flat and the fastest average speed for any leg of the journey so far.
Our AirBnB for the night was 100 yards or so from our comedy venue, the Hen & Chicken. Helen, our host was amazing – we love her, (she even had chickens in the garden). Nothing was too much trouble for her and we even got some washing done.
As we had a longish afternoon free we wandered to one of our favourite places to eat,  VX Junk Food Cafe in Bedminster – home of the most amazing Vegan Philly Burger. We spent the afternoon charity shopping, then made our way into town with a lovely harbourside walk and chilled out in The Stable, powering up phones and laptop while Dave wrote up the Day 2 blog. When 5pm came along we were joined by our good friends Martin and Viv and we had pizzas and cider. The Stable do the most amazing vegan pizzas by the way.
Viv then kindly drove us back to the Hen and Chicken for the gig which consisted of previews from George Lewis and Markus Birdman. George was new to us, but we will definitely want to see him again, engaging and very warmly received. Markus we have seen before and he is one of the absolute best in the business, exuding the confidence his nearly 20 years in the business brings. A superb preview which had belly laughs galore. He is at a free fringe venue in Edinburgh but would be well worth paying for.

A fab night and another £70 quid in the bucket for Mind at the end – taking the total raised to over £1400.

Daily totals 42.47m – 3h 23m (Dave 21.77m 1h 39m, Carole 20.7m 1h 43m)
Running total – 144.03m – 11h 53m (Dave 90.2m 7h 13m, Carole 53.83m 4h 40m)

A relatively simple day, only 38 miles. We have broken it into two sections of 20 & 18 miles. McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater (TA6 4PZ) – The Woodborough Inn, Winscombe BS25 1HD – Hen & Chickens, Bristol (BS3 1JF).

The gig that night will be a double header of previews at the Comedy Box, Bristol. One of our favourite places for comedy. This is a lovely bill featuring Markus Birdman and George Lewis. Tickets HERE