Warrington to Preston: 12th July 48 miles

21 days in July – the 2005 Douglas Bader Foundation E2E ride re-blogged

Well, I’m not sure I’m speaking for everybody but I for one was glad to be back on the bike today. Not least because of the problems I’ve been having trying to update the website. I think I’ve got to the bottom of it now though, essentially, using the mobile phone at 9.6k to upload files bigger than about 18k results in them being corrupted. I haven’t got the time or the patience to make it ftp the bigger files correctly using this set up so I’m emailing them back to my wife Brigitte and talking her through uploading them to the site. Thank God for technology!

Today we broke all records and were in Preston by 3:30 this afternoon, although it took a little longer to find the university accommodation because we’d been moved to another site at the last minute. The speed today was mostly down to careful planning of the route through what is quite a built up area by the Tour leaders Mark and Stuart (seen below studying the map).

Mark & Stewart Symonds Yat

We had another good lunchstop today at a pub called Brook House where the landlady made a generous donation and insisted on taking our collection tin round her customers and brow beating them into supporting us.

Brook House nr Warrington

From what I’ve seen so far Preston isn’t the prettiest place in the country but it has at least one redeeming feature – the beer’s cheap! £1.60 for a pint.

Tomorrow were off to another limb centre after which we have a tough 70 mile ride to Kirkby Stephen…

The pic of Mark and Stewart was actually taken at Symonds Yat and kind of explains why I’ve not been showing plots of the route since Bristol. Up till then, any straying from the route sheets tended to be down to mistakes or ‘no through’ routes, from there onwards we started going over the next day’s route to see if it could be made less hilly without having to use the busiest roads. Consequently, trying to figure out the route we actually took, ten years later, is proving time consuming if not impossible!

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