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10 Oct

Preston to Pooley Bridge – Day 9


The day started out wet and windy, which we are now getting used to.  Our aiming point in the morning was Carnforth Railway Station where we met up with Dave Ellis and Katie Mason of the Railway Children, with their support team Jules and Fred.  After hot drinks and some cake in the lovely ‘Brief Encounter Café’ Dave and Katie joined us for the rather undulating ride to Windermere; we were really grateful for their company as the miles sped by.

After a short break at our hotel (Hillthwaite House Hotel) we set off for one of our biggest biking climbs on the challenge, namely ‘The Struggle’ which is three miles of 1 in 5 gradient from Ambleside up to the top of the infamous Kirkstone Pass.  The descent in to Patterdale was fast and well earned! It was then ‘just’ a case of following the shoreline of Ullswater along a typically undulating British road so beloved of Felix.

The weather is deteriorating, faster than we are :-(

The picture for today is of Felix and Colin with Dave and Katie under the clock at Carnforth Station.  This is the classic setting of the film ‘Close Encounter’…

Stats for the day: 75 miles cycling with a total climb of 5424 feet

We are now at the halfway point so here are the total stats so far:

Miles Cycled: 75 miles

Total Height Climbed: 25,980 feet, plus, the Snowdon total of 3349 feet = 29,329 which is higher than Mt Everest and we are only half way!

Calories Burned: 18,790

Just for you Thomas – cycling totals in Eurospeak are 872 kilometres and 7919 metres !