It rained all night so we were pleased when it cleared before packing up the tents.
Started the day on some hideous A roads through Preston and Lancaster, we made good pace though and when we hit the lake district it was only 12:30 so a celebratory pie, sausage roll and ice cream was had… plus a cup of tea with bag left in (northern stylee)!
Riding into the lakes has given us some of the most gorgeous backdrops, plus inevitably an increasing intensity of hills. 75 miles in and we hit an immense climb between Winderemere and Ullswater… ouch! Was very harsh after such a long day, but hitting over 40mph on the downhill on the other side made up for it all.
We seem to have hit midge country early, so going to need to buy some repellent soon… the midge bite-off to see who gets most has begun.
P.S why is post entitled midge and chips… just mentioned the midges but also these greedy northerners seem to eat chips with everything!