Another walk down the old A38. It was extremely easy today, again with an urban footpath the entire way. Distance was about 20 miles.
I started out at 6am this morning and came to a few conclusions about my own walking physiology. I tend to make the most advances in mph during the morning hours, particularly before noon. I have more energy if I don’t eat breakfast – I’m not sure if this is due to my body feeling sluggish after eating due to digestion, but it makes sense. If I eat around 11am I don’t get hungry again until after I’ve arrived to my destination, around 6pm. If I get hungry I always have fruit or an energy bar in my pack, and for dire emergencies I still have my Kendal Mint Cake in a souvenir tin box.
Now that I’m in Taunton I’ve come to a crossroads with many branching route options and I’m truly stuck with decisions. I really don’t know where to proceed from this point. Do I head north towards Barnstaple, or south towards Exeter? The most logical route would be to continue down the centre and head toward Tintagel via country roads – this route being the most favorable at this point which will allow me to wild camp again, although probably illegally.