Bob’s Three Peaks Challenge Blog – Day 3

“It’s been a good day today and after a very enjoyable Big Breakfast at the DbS Field of Dreams in Lenzie we’re now ensconced in a very comfortable b&b 90 miles away in Gretna Green and very close to the English border.The Breakfast was great and really good to see so many old friends and supporters. Was pretty proud to be presented with the 2018 Scottish Terrific Trustee Award after missing the SCVO Awards night last week. We had a cracking Bacon roll and coffee and a quick performance from our Deafblind Taiko drummers which they’ve been practising in the Field of Dreams every week. Was also presented with some chocolate and more importantly some Scottish Heather in a pot which we are carrying all the way to Peterborough next week.

After a damp start on busy roads out of Glasgow and Hamilton we got seriously wet by cycling through a mini lake on a stretch of Dutch style cycle paths. I don’t like to cast aspersions on my front rider but he did wonder why the 4 cyclists in front deviated back on the road for a bit!!

The climbs were all gentle today and we only did 2500ft of climbing, which was very timely for our various injuries. I’ve had a few more applications of ibuprofen cream on my knee which is holding out so far. Meantime Jerry felt he was missing out on the sympathy stakes and has picked up a painful ankle which is also getting aforementioned cream rubs.

Being more serious we think it’s the combination of the long trek on Monday followed immediately by nearly 200 miles of cycling so we’ll pace ourselves on the next two climbs. Meantime the roads were quick and we even had a tail wind. As if that wasn’t enough, after a serious carbohydrate load lunch in Moffat the sun came out and we had a couple of hours of warm sunshine and Jerry stripped down to only 3 layers of tops!

Enjoyed a fast run to Lockerbie where we visited the Garden of Remembrance. Very sobering to reflect on the air disaster with 270 lives lost, nearly 30 years ago. After another brief stop we finally got to Gretna soon after 6 and Jerry confirmed an average speed of 16mph which isn’t bad for our boneshaker.”

I’d also like to mention how much Jerry and I are enjoying the having our wives popping out of the support car at our rest stops with ready smiles and offers of coffee and cakes all through the day. It certainly adds a ‘je ne sais quoi’ to long distance cycling!

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