Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Day 9 - Shap to Whalley

We didn't have breakfast til 8.30 and then I managed to get the key to the garage stuck in the lock and it took 20 minutes to free it again, this delayed our start and we didn't get away until 9.45am.

We made our way over through Orton (where they were having a "Scarecrow" competition - one of the scarecrows was of Eddy Merckx, celebrating 40 yeards since his 1st Tour de France win).

We continued towards Tebay and then had a back-breaking climb out of the valley. After several nore tough climbs, we emerged into the Lune valley and made our way to Kirkby Lonsdale for lunch.

We continued to follow the river but had more tough climbs to contend with. Sue got a puncture at the Crook of Lune and it was now 4 pm and we still had over 30 miles to do. We abandoned our planned route and dropped onto the A6 to get some fast miles in, before turning off at Garstang and heading for Whalley, where we stayed at the Abbey. We didn't get to the B&B until 7.20 pm, by far our longest day.
The Abbey itself was very picturesque, but we didn't have the time or the energy for a proper look around. This was the view from our bedroom window.

We ate at the local Indian restaurant, who had an eat as much as you like Sunday Buffet, so we ate loads, then went back to the Abbey and straight to bed, completely shattered.

78.77 miles today
In 7 hrs 15 mins
Ave 10.66 mph
Total so far 579 miles.

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