This will be my third night at Salcombe; therefore I am hoping the wind will not be too strong for me to leave tomorrow morning. Plymouth would be my choice port of arrival, but I may consider the River Yealm and Noss Mayo. (Richard and Anita whom I met at Dartmouth aboard 'Palmena', left a note in 'Sandpiper's' cockpit saying they intend to sail to Noss Mayo.)
Today I resumed bus rambling. I took the Tally Ho! service 606 to Kingsbridge where I checked out the visitors' pontoon. Then I caught the 1st Service bus 93 to Plymouth. The whole journey took just under two hours, and apart from rather noisy children on the back seat it was pleasurable. Scenery for most of the way was beautiful rolling hills - very green fields, arable and grazing, and now and again little villages, some with stone-built churches.
The Tally Ho! bus driver knew the locals and he spent time chatting with them, even while driving. They were a friendly bunch of people with distinctive Devonshire accents - a joy to hear, not unlike my Somerset brogue.
At Plymouth I had a good look around, even Sutton Harbour where I saw John Blain's Pioneer 9, 'Zeawoelf'. He was another single-hander I met at Dartmouth. Lunch on the Hoe by the old Smeaton Lighthouse brought back many memories.
All in all, I had a jolly good day.
The photos are of this morning's sunrise, the Visitors' pontoon at Kingsbridge, and the Smeaton lighthouse at Plymouth Hoe.
In spite of the higher than desired winds you have had some great weather the last few days. Hope it holds for you, the pictures make me wish I was there.
Hope the next leg of your trip is equally enjoyable.
Thanks Ian for your good wishes.
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