Liverpool to Shrewsbury and the ferry across the Mersey | Cycling John O’Groats to Lands End

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I began the day by taking the ferry across the Mersey to Birkenhead.

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Not only is it an iconic journey, but it was the only way of getting over the other side without a long cycle around (bikes not being allowed in the tunnels).

It was a reasonably sunny morning, and I enjoyed my ride along the ‘windy Wirral’, which in stark contrast to the rest of this trip wasn’t very windy at all.

Go figure.

In fact the further I cut inland the less windy it became, and long may that continue.

I passed first through Chester, and then hopped over the border into Wales passing through Wrexham (where it started raining) and then back out into England at Oswestry.

Final destination for today was Shrewsbury where I checked into a room above a pub.

It appears to have everything I require for the evening.

A relatively short day after the first leg, and an earlier finish allowing me some extra time to unwind and catch up on correspondence.

Bike computer stats:

Ride time: 6h 6m
Distance: 63.48 miles
Ave speed: 10.4 mph
Max speed: 22.9 mph

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Index

Preparation

Kitted out and ready to ride

Things you would rather not know about the Caledonian Sleeper to Inverness

20 miles with a bloke called Tim, and a slight change of plan

Day 1 – John O’Groats to Inverness

Day 2 – Ness to Nevis and my nemesis rears its head

Day 3 – Fort William to Tarbert with only one brake

Day 4 – Tarbert to Ayr and the battle of Arran

Day 5 – Ayr to Dumfries and tasting defeat in the Forest of Galloway

Day 6 – Dumfries to Windermere and thoughts on cycling earworms

Day 7 – Windermere to Liverpool and the birds-eye of the storm

Day 8 – Liverpool to Shrewsbury and the ferry across the Mersey

Day 9 – Shrewsbury to Gloucester with sun, showers and an injured Armadillo

Day 10 – Gloucester to Bristol and the day I spoke to soon

Day 11 – Bristol to Bath, a day of disused railway lines

Day 12 – Bath to Tiverton and the breakfast hostage

Day 13 – Tiverton to Lostwithiel and fatigue causes forgetfulness

Day 14 – Lostwithiel to Penzance, and the mining trail

Day 15 – Penzance to Lands End (and back again)

Learning to walk again

Ideas for cycling end to end, with the benefit of hindsight

Kit List

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