Day 6 – Cannock to Manchester (72.24 miles)
I definitely prepped better overnight and this morning, although the evening choice of an authentic Punjabi curry, could have gone horribly wrong, when you sit on a saddle for 6-7 hours a day. However, despite it being a quiet night, the food and service were great at the Taaj restaurant.
Another ropey night’s sleep, nothing to do with the venue again however. I think I’m enjoying the time to think too much, and minds racing, or maybe it’s all the caffeine-induced “energy drink”!
So, as I said yesterday, I had a mechanical to sort first thing, and fantastically, the bike shop was only 3 minutes away. I called Bridgtown Bikes (@btownbikes) late yesterday, and albeit they only open at 9:30am, those folks had my bike on a stand at 9:20, and me out the door, after a coffee, for just after 10. Can’t argue with that kind of service and dedication!
The day was, for the most part, “as expected”. Miserable, down to the weather and the puncture in “nomansland” again, this time in roadworks on the A34. A long hilly slog through Stoke then by Congleton, I’m back on familiar roads, and a quick stop to pick up son from school, before being greeted on my arrival at the Etihad Stadium, by wife, son, Uncle, and work colleagues.
I was probably a disappointing arrival, and I can but apologise for my lack of sociability, but I’m deprived of sleep, energy, and conversation!
So home, for a night watching England win a ‘qualy’, whilst trying not to think about tomorrows ride, then up and over Shap, to the Lake District. Hilly from here on in and long days, on my scale.
Official mileage today was 72.24, so running total is now 388 to date, so by close of play tomorrow, I’ll be closer to finishing than the start!
Enjoy your weekend!
6th September 2013