Tartan Express Hero Ride - Day 2

Wednesday 4 June 2014

Surely we can go around this hill rather than over it?! – Tuesday 3 June

Total mileage: 82 miles, Total climb: 5,500ft

With bowls of porridge consumed, and accompanied by Kelso Wheelers Cycling Club, we started our monster day of hill climbing and fast descents.  The Border was our target for the first feed of the day but we had a 2.5 mile climb with 5 hair pins to get through first of all.  Lots of cheers greeted everyone as we battled our way onwards and upwards to the border stone at the top.  Photos, tea and chocolate (and the view) were our reward before a long descent down into Northumbria.

Tartan Express 2014 Help for Heroes Charity Bike

Great views, good humour and dodgy drivers helped the miles pass as we huffed and puffed our way up more and more hills.  A road diversion saw us getting agricultural as we followed our new route along farm tracks with sheep and cattle as extra obstacles.  Lunch was really welcome after almost 60 miles and we were cheered to hear the tales of former cycling pro, and National cycling champion, Bill Baty.

Tartan Express 2014 Help for Heroes Charity Bike

At dinner this evening Jonno reluctantly handed over Jock of the North to Katie H who had to be set back on course three times!  Ed’s exemplary courtesy and motivation earned him the Flying Scotman’s honour. 

We are pretty tired tonight so this is going to be short and sweet.  These are the words given to the bloggers to sum up the day: Never ending, honking, fun, stunning, climbing, relentless, ab-fab, grippy, altitudinous, ninja, surprising, chaffing, tea-tastic, rerouting, Deltic, jigging, flying, terrifying, sweaty, brilliant, exhilarating

Here’s hoping for a hill-free day tomorrow!

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