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