Across the middle of England
Another very satisfying day behind us. This time, thankfully, with less incident!
After a very comfortable night in our AirBnB house in Oakham - albeit rather too short - we were ready to hit the road by just after 8am. The first 20 miles or so were through beautifully bucolic rolling English countryside. I think something that would stop me ever emigrating would be the rolling green farm land of our rural landscape across Britain.
Skirting to the North of Leicester, we then had a climb up to Beacon Hill near Oaks-in-Charnwood, passing the rather impressive looking Mount St Bernard Abbey before descending into Whitwick for our breakfast stop.
This was at the unassuming looking roadside Caff, Dawnie's Cafe. Fantastic! Good value, freshly prepared and well made food. OK, sourdough wasn't one of the toast options, but to be honest, it's really just about the carbs when you are cycling this far! Rog and Hector were of course there to re-fuel us for the next leg of the route.
This took us through a tiny bit of South Derbyshire before following the Trent for a while into Staffordshire and then West to Rugely.
Here we were met by my Mum and Dad as well as Rog and, to our surprise as we cycled up a group of local school children applauding and cheering! Dad explained that they had just happened to be visiting the leisure centre which was our meeting place and asked him what he was doing waiting around with a camera.
The full picnic table was laid out ready for us with most importantly savoury food. Eating and drinking sugar continuously on the bike means you really crave savoury food when you stop.
Mum and Dad are taking over from Rog on support driving duties and have already done fantastic work raising well over £500 in donations up in Cumbria where they live.
The third leg took us up over Cannock Chase, less of a climb than we were expecting, and then on into Shropshire and our last break stop of the day at the Queen's, Horton. Here the owner, on hearing what we were up to, told Mum and Dad that he had recently lost his Father to Prostate Cancer. He then kindly gave us a donation in support of the ride. If you are interested in some of the shocking statistics about the prevalence of this terrible disease, then please visit the Prostate Cancer UK website. If you are moved to give a donation in support of our ride, please go to our justgiving page.
From there it was quite a speedy run just to the North of Shrewsbury to a village called Knockin where we are staying in the extremely hospitable Old Forge Bed and Breakfast. We ate just next door in the Bradford Arms and on hearing what we were there for, the owner doubled up our mixed grills - our muscles will need the protein?!
Another big day behind us. 256 miles done. But the big hills lie ahead of us tomorrow morning. We have got to catch that ferry at 5:30pm so an early start.
Read more about our journey on my Dad's blog.
And now to bed!
The day in stats
Climbing feet: 4869
Average speed: 15.2
Time in saddle: 7hrs 57mins
Eggs consumed: 5 each
Read the other posts about the ride here: