Dist : 129km
Riding time: 6:12
Total time (including stops) : 8:00
Climb meters up/down 799/924
The long days of cycling are taking a toll on my early starts and after breakfast I delayed my start setting up the GPS and doing this blog.
After 20km of rough road, with little to no road edges I stumbled across the most magnificent medieval town of Ludlow. Following the Gardner cycle touring rule, that 20km was enough to earn morning tea, I had a tasty, calorie loaded hazelnut & pecan meringue and called home on Skype to exchange news. Eventually I had to leave and headed over the rolling hills to Shrewsbury, and visited a museum at the battle field where the Lancastrian King Henry IV defeated Northumbrian rebels.
The trip continued at a steady pace, via Shewsbury, Whitchurch, Nantwich and the 6km over to my cheap Armada hotel. There was lots of sheep and dairy farm, all very green.
Dinner was early in the hotel and then some planning for the next day's 122km to Garstang.
Today's cycling was the roughest roads yet. The weather was overcoats, with a headwind all day.