Just a small selection of the bruises i collected on the way. I fell off twice on the very slippery and muddy path.
When it was all over, a pint in a smoke free pub. Bliss.
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Wigan to Liverpool. All of the canal is really beautiful, apart from the last bit as we approached Liverpool, it was filthy and unloved. At one point there was even a car floating in it. Unfortunately the combination of the heavy rain (didn't want to get my phone wet) and my competitive nature (didn't want our friends to overtake us) meant no photo stops!
So nearly 34 miles from Wigan to Liverpool , giving a total of 127 miles over the 3 days. I am going to suggest to the organisers they do it over 2 days next time to make it more of a challenge. It was great fun, we have never been so wet or so muddy, but i didn't want it to end
Unfortunately most of the towpath between Burnley and Wigan is not currently open to bikes, and the organisers didn't feel the local roads were suitable for nearly 80 of us to thunder down. So they bused us to athletic grounds of the University in Preston for us to use their cycle track. We had to do 30 laps. Boring yes, but it made a change to keep a constant speed going and it was over much quick than i thought it would be. Oh and did i mention the satisfaction of overtaking the younger men? Well it happened lots of times doing this. After a quick lunch we joined the towpath to take us into Wigan, this bit was great, lots of going down the locks and lots and lots and lots of mud. It rained all day. Dunked the bikes in the canal to wash off the mud!
1. Bikes in the lorry
2. Miles round the track
3. From the bridge over the road to Wigan Pier
4. Day 2 mileage
5. Total mileage thus far
Yummy lunch then on to Burnley. The stretch of canal where we finished for the day was rather pretty.
A tough but enjoyable day, the path was not made up for about 20 ish miles which made it hard going through the mud and grass.
Had a stroll in the evening to ward off any stiffness
In the beginning. Dave's dad pick us up in his fantastic white van.
After cycling 30 miles we had lunch in Skipton. By this time I had fallen off once.
We got a bit muddy
Haven't used it yet too much rain. But when it stops it will be carried with pride.
My Big Sis did go to India on business and did bring me this wonderful bag for my birthday. I loves my Big Sis