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Friday 14th September 2007: “Shap Summit”

We had to buy panniers for the bike, make a 30 mile car journey back to Carlisle and return the hire car so in spite of an early start I left Carlisle relatively late on day seven.

The day started slowly and gloomily as I essentially had to climb over 400 metres in about twenty miles. It was the wettest day for a while but brightened up later on.

I found the climb to Shap Summit quite tough – I think it was the series of false summits that really got to me in the end. My legs were still sore and at one point I was forced to stop for a while and stuff myself with Kendal Mint Cake before mustering enough energy to go on.

After Shap Summit the ride was a dream. The descent to Kendal was quick and very scenic and after a cream tea in Kendal I sped down a tree-lined stretch of the A6 around Morecambe Bay arriving in Morecambe in time to catch a spectacular sunset. I found Morecambe to be a very charming resort and far superior to its ghastly neighbour further down the Lancashire coast (I speak, of course, of Blackpool).

Nichola caught up with me by train and, as she was leaving for Kent tomorrow we decided to treat ourselves to a comfortable hotel and dinner instead of a B&B with fish and chips. We thoroughly enjoyed an outstanding two course dinner with wine for two for just £36, which is around half the price I would have expected to pay in Central London.

At this point it emerged that the strategy of starting from the north and working southwards had paid off as the weather forecast for England was set fair for the next few days whilst persistent rain was forecast for most of Scotland.

Ride Statistics

Started: 11:15 hours
Finished: 19:00 hours
Distance: 69.53 miles
Cycling time: 5 hours 54 minutes
Top speed: 31.0 mph
Average speed: 11.8 mph
Odometer: 464.2 miles

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Descent to Kendal
A famous former Morecambe resident
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