Cycling from Cornwall to the Yorkshire Dales – and back
Day Seven, but Day Six was the Yorkshire Dales ride. (Separate blog entry to follow)
Up at 7ish and fiddle with my Garmin data. My Garmin705 threw its toys out the pram a couple of times during the Dales Ride. It took offence at going up a road we were going to come back down later, and further on it refused to cope with navigating anywhere. Still further on, it switched itself off and back on straight away, but it was closely followed by successfully navigating again! Consequently, I had to stitch the various pieces together by computer.
Anyway, after breakfast this morning, I loaded up and pedalled into the beautiful Yorkshire sunshine and headed south. I felt fine, even though I'd ridden 99miles into the Dales the day before! 49miles today to get me to Baguley would be a walk in the park.
Yet again, I was in traffic. I expected a Sunday to be quiet, no such luck. I reckon the traffic was heavier than it was on Friday morning! The worst of the traffic was in Prestwich, but it was steadily increasing from before Burnley.
Talking of Burnley, the hill was a pig! 2.5miles of solid climbing, it certainly slowed my average speed down for the journey. I was hot a sweaty when I reached the summit and was glad of the breeze as I sped down the other side.
After Prestwich, the traffic eased somewhat and I made it through Manchester city center with ease – except for the traffic lights that seemed to be on red just for me!
I'm showered and changed, my stuff is sorted and I've had a can of beer. Wonderful!
60odd miles to Hathern – near Loughborough – tomorrow, then on Tuesday I'll be in Bedford for a day off.
Distance done so far – including the Dales Ride – 516.23miles with 29,188ft of ascent consuming 31,862cals