Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Heading to isolation, but not yet

We had a beautiful meal last night at our guest house. Yvette and Norman who run the Langley in Carlisle        are a lovely and interesting couple. Plenty of stories told and listen to. I do hope their plans to retire come soon, life doesn’t wait for you.

We delayed our leaving with a walk to the museum and castle ( visiting the former). Our hosts were happy to hold onto our bikes until our return.

Weather forecast checked we were off following the river Eden out of Carlisle on Sustrans route 72 … quite lovely as my sister would say. 

We had ordered a packed lunch which was large more like a picnic that Yvette had prepared for us. So at Linstock we stopped for our picnic in a bus shelter …. Then the unpromised rain came ! Lucky we had time to sit it out and set off in the dry following some quite roads and lanes  

The route swished and turned in some lovely Cumbrian farmland but we started to notice on certain switch  backs there was a large bank of cloud following us on the brisk westerly wind that was giving us a welcome push alone most of the roads. At Hayron it caught us up and we sought the protection of a lovely copper Beech tree to don waterproofs ….

By the time we had our waterproofs on the sun was out taking the micky! 

It was then a three incline ride up to Brampton to our lovely accommodation- the Scotch Arms Mews.

Meal then back to the honesty bar for a nightcap and this update.
Tomorrow is the longest day miles and climb wise 22 miles and 2200 feet of accent to Twice Brewed (nice name). It’s supposed to be quite isolated and where the Sycamore gap tree is. Hopefully get the drone up tomorrow.

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