Day 7 of our ride from John o’Groats to Land’s End: the Lake District day, although we didn’t see any Lakes. We did however can a good view of Blencathra in the distance as we climbed into the sunshine above a very misty Carlisle. Once the mist cleared, the sun shone all day meaning today was also the first day back in full summer gear after the 5 days of winter gear required for Scotland. There were lovely views all the way to Lancaster, especially the long drag through open fells up to the Shap pass at 420m. The 7 mile run into Preston was notably awful from an urban traffic point of view, with very little consideration for cyclists (from either town planners or drivers).
Mike’s brother Graham joined us for the day, he being a veteran end-to-ender having LEJOGed a few years ago and kindly lent us most of his route. Graham’s reward for joining us was to wear fairy wings all day. I haven’t mentioned until now that someone is nominated as ‘team player of the day’, and that lucky someone gets to wear a prize. Previous winners have included me in rainbow arm warmers (actually rather useful in the chill of Scotland), Mike in a frog shower cap and Darren with a unicorn headband strapped to the front of his helmet.
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