Windermere to Liverpool and the birds-eye of the storm | Cycling John O’Groats to Lands End

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It was quite windy but at least the sun was shining as I set off from Windermere.

Then just five minutes into the ride I got hit by a mini-hailstorm.

Weird weather for May.

Gradually the steep hills of the Lakes turned into the gently rolling hills of North Lancashire, and then once I got past Lancaster things started to flatten out.

I was about halfway to Preston when it started hailing again. This time the hailstones were the size of frozen peas.

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Luckily I was able to dodge the worst if it by ducking into a petrol station.

My next stop was at Leyland where an ice-cream and coffee bar was just too enticing to pass up.

I got chatting to the owner who said she would have given my the coffee and ice-cream for free if she’d known what I was doing.

It’s the first time I’ve been offered free stuff, but throughout the trip people seem fascinated by the idea of cycling from end-to-end.

Unfortunately it was a bit if a watershed moment, as the last 24 miles from there to Liverpool were very windy indeed.

I arrived at 7.30pm having made a really good start on leg two.

The extra miles meant that I only have to do an average of less than 60 a day for the rest if this week to make my weekend rendezvous in Bath.

Bike computer stats:

Ride time: 7h 47m
Distance: 83.1 miles
Ave speed: 10.5 mph
Max speed: 32.1 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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