Long Mynd - the start of the climb
The Day With The A49
Distance: 104.2 miles
Ride Time: 6h 25m 20s
Ave Speed: 16.2mph
I woke up feeling very good after yesterdays easy day and once again the weather was sunny and warm. I hadn't planned to but I decided to ride over Long Mynd. It was a fairly long but not too steep climb to the top and once up there I was rewarded with fantastic views, probably the best since Lizard Point four days ago. The descent was very technical and there were sheer drops to the side. I took it easy and was on the breaks almost all the way down to Church Stretton.
From Church Stretton I found my way onto the A49 and just followed it north.
I had planned to take minor and B roads that ran next to the A49 thinking the main road would be really busy and unpleasant to ride on. However, there was only light traffic so I decided to stay on the A49. I got to Warrington fairly quickly but then it was slow going due to all the roundabouts and traffic lights. I'm sure that traffic lights can sense when a cyclist is coming and immediately change to red! Riding through such built up areas did not seem dangerous and I had no problems with bad driving here.
View from Long Mynd
When I was nearly in Preston I had to wait 10 minutes at a roundabout because there had been a motorcycle accident and the Police had blocked it off. I could have found an alternative route but that would probably have added at least an extra 10 miles onto my journey and I was getting very tired by this point.
Tonight I stayed in Preston at my university halls of residence and washed my clothes for the first and last time on the trip.
I was expecting an easy day today due to the flat terrain (after Long Mynd). However, due to a constant headwind it was tough going and I had to ride fairly hard. I was also getting quite bad pains in the bottom of my right hamstring and top of my calf which meant I had to soft pedal with that leg on occasion.