Day 10 – Noah’s ark

It’s raining like we’d need the aforementioned biblical boat, whilst we’re staying at… Noah’s Ark Caravan park. (In all seriousness a great camp site, superb facilities and great for the kids)

Today was good for being largely uneventful, we’re quite in the routine of it.

Our route took us past Edinburgh, following the union canal then over the Forth bridge (I think I’m becoming a bridge nerd), past the loch at Kinross and just outside Perth.

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The view from here of the cairngorms is cracking, with snow on the top of a couple (in June, is that normal?).

I think we’ve passed the phases of “why are we doing this?” and “can we do this?” into a routine of breaking the days into 20/25 mile chunks.

Tomorrow we head into the highlands proper, wish us luck!

 

Day 9 – Scotland

Hard to get going this morning as it was cold, raining and windy.

Started a bit later than planned, crossing into Scotland at Gretna.

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Both enjoyed the (only) 1000ft climb up the A701 and the surrounding hills as we made our way to Peebles, lovely scenery and much quieter roads.

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I loved how much simpler navigating was today, overall I think this was one of our favourite days so far.

Massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored us so far, including my cat (apparently) – yes really, go have a look.

Huge thank you for all the nice messages too.

 

 

 

Day 8 – the shap

Setting off after a bacon roll, we made good progress to kendal, then the shap… 1400ft of climb up the a6.

Actually it wasn’t too bad and the downhill was epic!

We made Penrith by 2 and were at our campsite just north of Carlisle earlier than expected with another 75 miles done.

We got rained on for the first time – the grey sky was a welcome break from the blaring sun though.

Tomorrow we start making our way through Scotland… getting food and water refills is going to be a lot harder, so we’ll probably need to carry more.