Mike & Anne Wesson
and
Harry & Mary Rae's
"End to End"


by Mike & Anne Wesson

2nd to 23rd June 1998
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 Day 8 - Wednesday, 10th June 1998

 Much Wenlock, Market Drayton, Nantwich, Church Minishull

Awoke to pouring rain, which thankfully cleared as soon as we'd togged up. From then on a superb day - perfect temperatures and wonderful countryside. Transport cafe for coffee. Lunch of strawberries in Market Drayton. Tea stop on a bench - in the sun - in the woods. Perfec'. Splendid B & B.

We're now in Cheshire

Mileage today 57. Cumulative 438.

Today's B & B
Today's B & B at Higher Elms Farm, Church Minishull

 Day 9 - Thursday, 11th June 1998

 Church Minishull, Middlewich, Knutsford, Leigh, Belmont
Black Dog Inn
The Black Dog Inn at Belmont

The Four Poster
The Four Poster

Awoke again to pouring rain, which kindly stopped before we left. So cold we donned all our gear including ear warmers. Met another pair of tandemists at Knutsford coffee shop.

Now crossing worst part of our journey - Leigh was awful though we managed to find a nice spot by the canal for lunch in the sun. Busy roads until we climbed hills before Blackburn.

All getting tired and cold when we found a dream of a pub in Belmont. Landlady at the door - such a joy. En suite rooms and perfect. Harry & Mary even had a 4 poster. To beat it all, the ladies even beat the men at Pool - again!

Mileage today 52. Cumulative 490.

 Day 10 - Friday, 12th June 1998

 Belmont, Blackburn, Slaidburn, Vale of Bowland, Kirkby Lonsdale

Left Belmont through centre of Blackburn - not as bad as we'd feared. Mike's adjustment of brakes meant it stayed on every time used. The best scenery yet - very hilly and hard work. Through the Vale of Bowland. We had a tremendous blow out followed by problems taking the wheel out then new inner tube also had a puncture but we got there in the end - continued to Kirkby Lonsdale and managed to persuade a hotel manager to give us a special deal. A lovely Oriental meal.

Mileage today 52. Cumulative 542.

Slaidburn
 

Trough of Bowland
The Trough of Bowland

 Day 11 - Saturday, 13th June 1998

 Kirkby Lonsdale, Tebay, Temple Sowerby, Langwathby, Castle Carrick

After a great continental breakfast, we donned wet gear for another rainy day, which only eased for short periods.

The Dales were beautiful but it was hard cycling and the mist spoiled a lot of views.

Found a basic B & B where the farmer's wife was delivering a calf.

Mileage today 61. Cumulative 604.

 Day 12 - Sunday, 14th June 1998

 Castle Carrick, Brampton, Gretna Green, Dumfries, Thornhill

Awoke to rain again which thankfully didn't last long. Cycled to Gretna Green - still very cold and the wind has been a big problem today. The scenery changing rapidly and is beautiful. Big problems with knee and bottom.

Great meal in the George - had quail. Another brilliant B & B.

Mileage today 63. Cumulative 667.

Entering Scotland
Entering Scotland

Gretna Green
Gretna Green

 Day 13 - Monday, 15th June 1998

 Thornhill, Sanquhar, New Cumnock, Cumnock, Kilmarnock,

A terrible day - strong winds and pouring rain. Cycled on A76 all day with loads of lorries. Couldn't see any scenery.

Dripped into Tourist Information in Kilmarnock and left puddles wherever we stood.

At the B & B the tandems went in the hall and central heating was turned on to dry us out.

Are we depressed? NO WAY!

Chinese meal

Mileage today 50. Cumulative 717.

 Day 14 - Tuesday, 16th June 1998

 Kilmarnock, Kilwinnig, Ardrossan, Brodick, Lochranza, Claonaig, Tarbert

What a difference a day makes. Today was superb. Had coffee in Kilwinnig (an awful place) then joined the cycle path to Wandrossan - everything went well to start with and then we got hopelessly lost and only made the ferry with a few minutes to spare.

Over to Arran, landing at Brodick in brilliant sunshine. A beautiful island. Rode along the coast and rushed to get to Cloanaig and the second ferry of the day.

Back on the Scottish mainland and another rush to get to Tarbert. Had to leave bikes outside. Tarbert is a lovely fishing village and we had a superb, if expensive, meal.

Mileage today 53. Cumulative 770.

Leaving the mainland
Leaving the Scottish mainland for the Isle of Arran

Tarbert
Tarbert


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