Day 7 followed a much better ‘night before’ with a fab meal out with Nikki and Sharon and a great night’s sleep in a Premier Inn.
Nikki dropped me back to the tour hotel and I joined the guys for standard breakfast routine, cereal, yogurt, toast and eggs…
Packed & ready to rumble we had a team briefing & were off.
Today’s briefing notes warn of a tricky day of navigation and for the most part passing through built areas and along busy roads as we cross the Manchester – Liverpool conurbations….not my idea of an enjoyable ride and with a dual carriageway to start and a local oik doing his best to knock me off my bike on a major roundabout as he passed between me and John, cycling just feet behind, on his scooter with an L-Plate, the day didn’t bode well. Of course I was also given the finger for voicing my ‘thoughts’ and apparently it is my bike that shouldn’t be allowed on the road – oh for a dashcam of that moment.
Yes the morning pretty much lived up to its billing, however a tour of the UK wouldn’t be a proper experience without seeing the delights of Runcorn, crossing the Mersey, Warrington, Bolton and Blackburn up close & personal!
I think we crossed the Pennines between Bolton & Blackburn and that was a nice gentle climb and great landscape, with a good feed on top with our lunch stop at Tockholes with Nikki & Sharon.
And once through Blackburn normal service was resumed with quieter lanes and countryside!
So we’re half-way…caught up with Nikki….had a lovely night last night and Nikki has found us a beautiful overnight spot at Thurnham Hall for tonight – a one bed apartment with seperate bedroom, sitting room with sofa bed, kitchen with washing machine, and great shower room! Beats the room share with 4 blokes down the road 🙂
So onwards now to The Lakes – I’ve just booked a B&B so as to miss the YHA experience again – and from there to Scotland….moving to unknown territory which I’m hoping to be wild, scenic and back to quiet roads…
Physically legs feel fine but I am starting to struggle with neck & shoulders at times…hopefully we can stretch it off.