MCN Longest Day: All ends well at Land's End

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Today (June 20) is the Longest Day Of The Year and to make the most of it the MCN team is riding from dawn to dusk, soaking up as much of the 16 hours and 38 minutes of sunlight as possible. Along with regular updates on the site follow us throughout the day on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. #MCNLongestDay and keep up to date with all our riders here.

Of my esteemed colleagues taking part in the Longest day rides today, I definitely got the luckiest with the weather, being far less than lovely with solid rain this morning and through the first part of the afternoon, I didn’t hold much hope of staying dry myself for the final leg of the journey today that has seen us crossing from England’s most easterly point in Lowestoft to its most westerly point at Land’s End.

Seems I got lucky though, with the weather holding off for my journey, first to Fowlers in Bristol and also for my second leg of the journey to Land’s End. I actually ended up staying dry the whole way with glorious sunshine most of the way from Bristol to Cornwall.

I cut it fine though, getting to Bristol late in the afternoon meant that I was really going to have to push on and pray that traffic through Bristol’s rush hour and also on the notorious A30 wasn’t that bad to arrive at Land’s End. It got to a point where I was calculating fuel stops to ensure I was able to make it in time to see the last light on the longest day.

It all worked out though and after trudging straight down the M5 and the A30, I got to the famous post just in time to see the end of the day before reflecting on the sad truth that now the nights will start drawing in ever so slightly. Still, summer is here (even if it is wet) and I’m looking forward to making the most of it.

Thanks to all who have taken part in today’s longest day, especially those who braved the rain this morning!

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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer