Day 81 - Sea Song

Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
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Trip End Jun 07, 2010


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Sunday, June 6, 2010

The B&B from last night was in a hamlet a couple of miles out of Helston so this morning it's a stroll down the A394.  As cyclists and runners puff their way past me (Helston is quite hilly) it soon becomes clear why Helston is quite so busy - it's the Helston Triathlon.  Climbing over the hill to Porthleven, more sportspeople seem to be massing - this time for the Helston Gig Races. 
It's fantastic to see the sea at last and the crews are gathering to get their heavy gigs into the choppy water.  The course seems to be based on racing back into Porthleven harbour, although it's hard to see as they head a long way out.  Whatever, it makes racing an old wooden eight on the Thames in stormy conditions look a doddle! 
Picking up the South West Coast Path, the route hugs the cliffs around to Penzance.  The sun is shining, the sea pinks and thrift are a gorgeous colour and the sea is an amazing turquoise blue.  It would be easy to sit here all day admiring it!  There are walkers, climbers, a few surfers and families rockpooling down below but nowhere near as many people as there might have been on a lovely Sunday.
Just outside Marazion the big kid in me cannot resist a spot of rockpooling - one smallish shrimp-like creature and a lot of snails and limpits but no crabs, anemones or fish!
Passing St Michael's Mount the path leads on to the beach and I soon discover that trying to walk along the sand with a large rucksack is superb resistance training!  The clouds have been massing all afternoon and it's a relief to reach Penzance just as the first few spots of rain start to fall...
Just one day left - not sure I'm ready for this to end!

Today's smiles:

"Drippy Droppy" - what a fantastic street name!
Huge portions of cake at the cafe at Praa Sands, just the thing for a weary walker
Trying to rockpool with a big pack - came close to falling in a few times!
The lovely girl in the shop at Marazion who sponsored me out of the blue
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