It’s funny as you get tired and one day blends to another, as I try to recall 9 hours ago, where I slept and how the day started!
Ah yes, Keswick!
Yesterday afternoon a bee landed on my cheek & stung my face, overnight I could feel it reacting and this morning woke to a very puffy eye. Antihistamine applied it seems to have calmed or at least got no worse.
Morning phaff, B&B brekkie and meeting with the troops all done and we were underway by 9:00. Leaving the beautiful Lakes but Scotland is full of anticipation.
The ride started climbing out of the Lakes, beautiful as ever, but the climbing was long & sometimes steep & legs proved incredibly tired.
Once out of the Lakes we headed towards Carlisle, the weather started to turn, both windy & wet but thankfully this was short lived. The landscape became a little bland and the highlight & talking point at lunch was the fab bypass including well designed & integrated cycle route – if all future road planning is in a similar vein then cycling has s bright future.
Lunch was at Gretna Green followed by photos at the Welcome to Scotland signs. Certainly a mile stone on the trip, however the mileage to go provides a somber reminder there a five more days of pedalling to go!
Lunch to Moffat – our evening stop over – included long, long stretches of quite non descript roads without twist & turn nor navigation and once through 50 miles (80 kms) I could feel my energy levels deserting me.
Afternoon brew stop left us with 20 miles to go and I was certainly grateful that those 20 miles did not include any inclines of note…however I know the days ahead do & they are going to be a challenge for sure.
So evening phaff complete – gadgets on charge, kit washed, self washed, rolled the legs & had a cuppa, I’m sharing with Dennis tonight who has just finished his ride.
We’re all booked in for a group meal tonight which no doubt will be loud & fun, then another early to prep for another long one which includes Edinburgh.