Saturday, 2 May 2009

Saturday, over the top.

Shared the Slaidburn YHA dorm with Ken and John who had stayed in the leaking hostel at St Just the night after me.

In the sunshine the Trough of Bowland was truly stuning.

As I rounded a bend the 1,300 ft summit called 'The Cross of Greet' came into view (my highest point)- it was comparable to the climb at Cheddar gorge.

Paused at the summit for a photo before stating my desent, caught up by a local who pointed out the 3 Peaks- paused for a pickie in front of Ingleborough before entering the heaving metropolis that is High Bentham - two big local news stories this week, somebody has some money and the Bentham Earthquake


Took the scenic route on a Roman Road avoiding Kirby Lonsdale and noticed a strange grinding noise from back wheel- not good so phoned ahead to Arragons Cycle Shop in Penrith 25 miles away which closed at 5pm time now 1pm.

Managed to navigate myself through Low Gill (via a Bridleway with steps onto a bridge) and headed over to the A6 to make sure I got the bike shop in good time.

Dropped into Penrith to discover the U.K's most efficient cycle repair shop! Phil diagnosed the grinding as being worn cones (part of rear bearing) and whilst I drank coke he did his sfuff. Can't speak too highly of Arragons they were superb - even gave me directions towards Skelton.

Great little B&B and a curry at the nearby Dog and Gun. Got to bed to soothe sunbuned arms!

Stats 64.3 miles. Climbed 6,532ft, avg speed 9.8 mph, max speed 33.6 mph, cycled for 6:43. Cumulative 632 miles, 52000 feet.

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