The Final Leg...............

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We had a bit of a lie in today as it was a little bit shorter than the previous two days. As we were setting down the tent one of the caravanners on the site came over with two cups of coffee for us to warm us up, he had seen us in the pub the night before and heard that we were cycling for charity, it was just what we needed to warm ourselves up before heading off! Once the tent was down, and the brews were drunk, we headed off towards Skipton. This was another part of the journey that was absolutley beautiful, some of the best views that we had were from this part of the canal.

It only took us about an hour to get to Skipton so we found a nice little cafe and had breakfast, the best bacon butty ive had in a long time! We then bought some sandwiches from the local bakery for our lunch and returned to the canal. After taking a few photos we were on our way once again. we had decided that we would head to Bingley and stop there for lunch. The next stretch of the canal was relatively good, mostly smooth and not too many uphill sections. We were making good progress and everything seemed to be going great until the heavens opened! It absolutely poured down just as we arrived at the 'Bingley 5 Rise'. This is a fantastic sight and is the best downhill section of the ride, that is when its dry however! The rain was so bad and the slope was so steep it meant we had to close our eyes on the way down, which obviously isnt the safest thing to do when you are travelling in excess of 20mph on a soaking wet concrete path next to a huge mass of water! Luckily we got down in one piece without any problems and found a dry spot under some trees to have our lunch, perfectly timed as when we finished eating the rain stopped!

We left Bingley and headed for our final stop.......Leeds. The rest of the Tow path was great, mostly smooth and easy to ride on and as we started to get closer and closer to leeds we seemed to be going faster and pedalling harder, eager to get to the finish. The mile markers along the canal were passing us very quickly and before long we could see the high rise buildings in the centre of Leeds. It was quite strange to see, even though we had passed through built up areas like Blackburn and Burnley, none of them compared to the site of a huge City! The last 3 miles of the journey were unbeliveably fast, pedalling relentlessly we reached the end of the adventure!

We arrived in the centre of Leeds at about half past 3. It was an amazing feeling! We were both exhausted but also exhilirated! We had cycled 132 miles in less than 3 days and it felt great!
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