MR ELLIOTT WILL BE CYCLING FROM SOUTHPORT TO HULL THIS HALF TERM TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE THOMAS CAMMACK APPEAL: http://www.thethomascammackappeal.co.uk/
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We arrived at Southport after a long train journey (boring), and managed a picture near the marker. After a quick pee and bearings we started on our journey.
It started with a 10 mile road warmup before the trail turned to track. Before The track started I experienced problems with my back brake sticking, a problem which would get worse!
After a bite to eat and some more track, we reached Aintree, the old stomping ground of my Brother in Law and family. We then continued and saw Runcorn bridge which had a few steps! We carried our food loaded bikes up. We continued to Widnes where I called on Halfords. Excellent service as they filled up our water bottles and fixed my brakes for free. If ever anyone needs to go there ask for Alex!
We then got lost in Widnes due to lack of signage (TPT sort this out please!). After picking up the trail we kept going on the track, though fatigue played a part.
We decided to call on at Sale for a bath, pint and Carbs!
Tomorrow’s another day.
Not a good day today. We prepared ourself for our wet ride to Barnsley. The bikes were outside, which aggravated the back brake cable on my bike. We rose an hour and a half, where my back brake cable kept sticking again. I got annoyed to say the least and kicked my bike in frustration.
We kept riding until Stockport, where we lost the signs due to new station works. It’s was wet, raining and cold. We went to Tesco where we decided as the weather was dreadful to abandon the Pennine Climb and catch a train to Barnsley.
We managed to find a Halfords in Barnsley where they replaced my cable free of charge. Thank you Halfords!!!! We then found our accommodation for the night. See what happens tomorrow.
I will comment on this tomorrow. Myself and Stewart Warnes made it back safe, am feeling quite tired after Barnsley to Hessle. Will post tomorrow!
DAY THREE CONTINUED
We started off at Barnsley with the biggest challenge of the ride so far, after the disappointment of the previous day. We were well watered thanks to my old work colleague Glen Rusby and his fiance Zoe.
We cycled to Doncaster, some small hills but some lovely countryside seen. We rode past the former Earth Centre outside Doncaster, quite sad to see it disused and left to neglect. By the time we reached Donny after a rainstorm, the bikes were beginning to grind and squeak with all the mud that they had gathered.
After a brief stop at Bentley, we then rode into another Rainstorm north of Doncaster and more mud!! Riding on old train tracks and Canals through some beautiful countryside we stopped off for a cheeky Beer before heading to Selby at around 4pm. By this time we were suffering from saddle bum and stopped in Selby for a stretch and rest but more opportunity to consume more calories.
We steamed on as fast as our legs would take us to Howden and riding through villages by the estuary, covered with Bunting, organised street parties and celebrations on mass to celebrate the Jubilee. When we could see the River, the sail past had begun and was quite a spectacular sight.
We landed back at the Humber Bridge at 8pm, a little busy before heading home for a hot bath and something to eat.
Tomorrow, I will rest and put some smelly, damp clothes into the washing machine!