Welcome to this year’s adventure in which the four Climate Visioneers from the South West who Pedalled to Paris in 2015, and who became the three who carried On to Bonn in 2017 and then the two who did a Big Ride for Palestine in 2018 are all getting together and back on the road to join the Extinction Rebellion in London in April.
But this time there are more riders – collectively the Rebel Riders of the Ecopocalypse. Euan, Roger and Ewan set off from Falmouth on 8th April. We pick up a couple more (to be confirmed) as we travel through Cornwall and then join with Ricky in Barnstaple. On to Taunton where Marguerite and others are joining the growing band, and thence to Frome over in the East of the South West to collect some more before the final stages to London.
Arriving in the big city on the evening of Sunday 14th April we will be there as events unfold from 15th April – this could be a big one, part of an international movement of direct action targeting our failed political class and the exploitative extractive destructive system that controls them.
We call for nothing less than a reversal of current priorities – global consumerism is killing us all (and us includes all living things, not just humans) and must be urgently stopped.
As our personal pilgrimages into the heart of the beast unfold we will endeavour to tell our stories here.
Here’s the first draft of the route from Falmouth to London with proposed stage towns.
Anyone stumbling across this during Feb/March and interested in joining or joining up other rides or doing something in one of the stage towns should contact me by phone/text on 07736 741268 or email rogerco at riseup dot net.
If you are part of XR and coordinating a ride you should be aware of the RebelRiders project on XRBasecamp – email me for access.
Details of timings and routes into and out of stage towns will appear in due course.
This is an overview of the planned route and the places where we are stopping. Details and links to individual stages below. If you would like to join us for any part of the route please email Roger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use the map controls to zoom and drag to move. Click the links below for details of each stage and evening events.
We start from Falmouth on the morning of Monday 8th April.
Monday. Falmouth to St.Mawes by ferry, thence St.Austell and Liskeard with quite a lot of climbing.
Wow, we are really on our way. Down to The Moor at Falmouth for 8:30 where a small party gathered to see us off. Once again the adventure starts with a crossing of the waters – this time the Fal Estuary/Carrick Roads. Continue reading “A Good Start – day 1”
Tuesday. Liskeard or Pengover Green via the inspirational Pentiddy, the closed Gunnislake bridge, a cyclists lunch in Tavistock and back up and over the Tamar to Launceston. Only 54 km.
Well it may have been shorter in miles horizontally, but not vertically. And my legs were certainly tireder. But in many ways an excellent day. The weather continued kind and there were some stonking descents to enjoy. And socially it was wonderful.
Wednesday. Launceston to Barnstaple with a late lunch at the Puffing Billy. 70km.
An excellent day both in the saddle and socially. We assembled at No8 cafe in Launceston for a cup of coffee and away by 09:30. Sweeping down to recross the Tamar, leaving Cornwall behind the climb up to Lifton Down was about the hardest of the day.