Day 9 – To the Lakeland Fells

Day 9 Saturday 27th July. Chorley to Ambleside – To the Lakeland Fells- 70 miles.          (Total mileage to date about 690 miles).

It was a steady start as my legs and body were rebelling a bit, i saw some rather appealing looking sheds, and started to wonder about having a kip! However after 20-30 minutes I got my legs back.

Darren showed us the way out of Coppull, tearing along like an unexercised whippet, despite claiming to not being a cyclist. Paul Cornforth was my star lead out guy today, and I did pretty much sit on his wheel for 70 miles (apart from when my wearying legs wouldn’t play on the hills).

Passing Preston hospital again I dropped off a flyer with my blog details on. It is three years since I finished radiotherapy there. Thoughts of patients there today made me out my tired legs into perspective. I also called by the oncology unit at Lancaster; the staff there saw a lot of me as I was so ill with the chemo initially.

From then it was heads down up the A6 before heading off to my usual riding territory of the Lyth Valley, lakeland views and Cumbrian rain. I love living here and I am so lucky to have this on my doorstep. The last few miles I was met by Matt and Tess – these bits where Tess has joined me have been the BEST. This challenge is not about me, it is about my family and being able to share it with them is is special.


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