It is just over a month since I rode out this way. On that day I recall a refreshing lack of motor traffic and at least two instances of fathers out with their children on bicycle rides. Today it is just as warm, but the wind blows from the opposite direction and this feels strangely appropriate as the only other people I see on bicycles are two chaps on road bikes who pass me heading down into Crediton as I climb out. Instead what I do see are numerous families crammed into 4X4s, driving who knows where, to do who knows what, for who knows what reason. Their loss.