DAY 8 – YOU TAKE THE HIGH ROAD, AND I’LL TAKE THE LOW

Day 8 – Oxenholme to Lockerbie (74.39 miles)

So, I’ve made it through the length of England and am now in Bonnie Scotland!

The day was much better than I’d expected, from breakfast onwards. The Fellwalker breakfast at the Station Inn in Oxenholme didn’t disappoint and set me up for what looked like a tough day, with 2600ft of climbing, half of which was over Shap Summit, and an expected 70-ish miles.

The weather was bright, but cold, and ideal for cycling, but with showers forecast for midday, I wanted to be well over Shap by then, so an earlier start was in order.

I’d worried about Shap from first planning but it wasn’t the devil I’d expected. Although it is a big climb, with the weather I had, I found that the length of the climb, which isn’t far short of 10 miles, meant the gradient was just bearable. The summit came as a bit of an anticlimax, actually.

SHAP SUMMIT. IT KIND OF CREPT UP ON MY AND WASN’T HALF THE PROBLEM I’D EXPECTED. MAYBE I’M GETTING USED TO THIS CYCLING LARK!

I most certainly enjoyed the following 15 miles of descending, all the way through Penrith to Carlisle! Out then to Gretna and the border crossing!

Obligatory cheesy photo taken, at the “Welcome to Scotland” sign and another at the Blacksmiths in Gretna Green where the famous anvil, that’s caused all the upset.

JUST BEFORE ENTERING GRETNA GREEN, I FELT IT ONLY REASONABLE TO STOP AND CELEBRATE CYCLING THE LENGTH OF ENGLAND!

Then a fairly uneventful up/down/up/down through Ecclefechan, Thomas Carlyle’s birthplace, no less, and into Lockerbie, where I now reside, once again pint in hand!

The Crown Hotel is tonights rest spot, so I’m off down to get some pasta, (and maybe another pint!).

So todays total of 74.39 miles, brings the running total to 542 miles so far! By Jove, that’s a long way so I hope you are all aware of why I’m putting myself through this!

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Food for thought on a Sunday evening…

Best wishes,

Chris

8th September 2013