Wednesday 4th July

  • From: Home
  • To: Beyond Bowness on Solway and return
  • Miles cycled: 101.27
  • Map of the Journey 

Robert had another cycling ambition which in our new level of fitness we just had to achieve - a 100 mile cycle in a day.

Picking a good route for our relatively heavy and slower touring bikes is not easy given wehre we live in Northumberland but we decided to take a trip out to the West coast via Carlisle and the Solway Firth for 50 miles and then turn round. All the hilly bits would be at the beginning and the end.

Great day - only a little light drizzle in the morning -  marred only be a strong headwind in the morning. In fact it took nearly an hour and a quarter less to come back than go out! Excellent choice of route and we both really enjoyed the day. Some tiredness for both of us at different points of the ride but no aches and pains this morning at all :)

So where to from here? Robert wants to cycle round the coast of Scotland (2 to 2,500 miles) or the 1,000 miles of the Orknies on very well maintained roads courtesy of oil revenues. I am thinking of trans Canada or a North-South traverse of both islands in New Zealand. Must get planning! We have been inspired by our LEJOG ride but also by some of the very experienced cyclists we met en route.

Yesterday's tragic death of 2 LEJOG riders in Devon on the A30 highlights how dangerous our major roads are for cyclists. I would urge any of you thinking of a long distance ride of this kind to travel further and use minor roads and cycle paths - Sustrans do an excellent job of providing safer routes for us.