Archive for July 16, 2013

Day 10 – Hawes to Carlisle

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Woke up to a slightly cooler day today. The statutory climb was upon us within two miles of leaving Hawes and led us straight into a strong headwind. Turning right at the top we were on the cusp of leaving Yorkshire and into Cumbria. Finding 10 feet of land between the two signposts Sye decided to claim it for himself. So please do stop and visit Syemanland if you are ever in the area. With the climb done and dusted we pedalled apace to Appleby where some of us enjoyed the savoured the local dish of fruit loaf and cheese. The rest of the route was fairly flat although the beautiful views continued – yes, from time to time we do remember to look up from the tarmac! We then pushed onto Carlisle and came in on a main road which was pretty daunting at times. We also had to navigate a motorway island and then turn right across 2 lanes of fast moving traffic to reach our hotel. It resembled something out of Wacky Races!

 

Welcome to Cumbria

Day 9 – Huddersfield to Hawes

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Today we were promised that it would an easier day from our Tour Leader. By the end of the day we’d decided we didn’t believe his promises anymore. Climbing Mount Tabor onto the Yorkshire Moors was a long drag although it was worth it for the fantastic views that awaited us. Our route took us to Haworth where we stopped for well earned refreshments before heading onto Skipton for lunch. Richard and Patrick pushed on ahead so with the 6 Lejog ladies and Sye we prepared ourselves for the ascent (notice a change in vocabulary from climb to ascent) over Fleet Moss. This will be a stage in the Tour de France next year – just remember we got there first!!! We do somehow think that the professionals will be climbing at a higher speed than 3 miles an hour! Once at the top we knew we had reached the highest point of the tour at 2000 feet. The day ended with a wonderful descent into Hawes and a burst tyre for Jayne.

Factoid: We are now half way!

Day 8 – Youlgreave to Huddersfield

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With hardly time to settle our breakfast we were were straight into climbing mode through Bakewell and onto Bamford. It was upon entering Bamford that Patrick was overtaken by a car which then cut straight in front of him to enter a petrol station. Fortunately he just managed to keep his bike upright as the car had made contact with his handle bars. Having a word with the driver it became apparent that they hadn’t even been aware of his existence or that they had made contact! After a short refreshment break and with the temperature continuing to rise we knew we had another big climb ahead. After passing Ladybower Reservoir the climb proved to be a toughy and offered up some extremely steep sections. The heat off the tarmac was incredible. Once at the top we headed for Langsett Reservoir where we were greeted with the smiling faces of our friends Jill and Mark and Liz and Simon who were joining us at our hotel for the evening.

 

Celebrating at the top of Fleet Moss.

Celebrating at the top of Fleet Moss.

Day 7 – Shifnal to Youlgreave

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Our bed for the night - The old Co Operative stores.

Our bed for the night – The old Co Operative stores.

 

A fair to middling day from Staffordshire en-route to Derbyshire. With soaring temperatures we encountered a big climb at the hottest part of the day! It was at this point that we lost contact with Sandra and Sye who literally ended up cycling past the gates of Alton Towers! Overall it was a mix of cycling terrain that included grotty off road, steep descents, long stretches of paved disused railway track that offer a very scenic and relaxed approach to our ride into the Peak District. Seven miles before Youlgreave we stopped for a long, lazy lunch and a bit of a stretch. After a very hot and extremely dusty day we swiftly headed to the local pub for a much needed quench of the thirst. Debbie was also able to meet up with Dave for the evening.