North and West today, through Copplestone, past Lapford and eventually back over the high road via Thelbridge Cross. Sunny and unseasonably warm, so I shed arm warmers and even favour lightweight shorts in place of the trusted fleece lined pairs that have kept me warm through winter. Somewhat perversely it is only on the B road crossing the high ground to Tiverton where the surface becomes smooth and really pleasurable to ride, despite the head wind. Above me the sky looks freshly shampooed whilst fields seem to yawn and wake in the unexpected heat. I pass two separate fathers cycling with their children, all of us moving in a voluptuous daze of warmth.