Bob’s Three Peaks Challenge Blog – Day 4

Well another excellent day on the 3 Peaks Challenge and we’re now retiring for a good nights sleep in preparation for Scafell Pike tomorrow. It was really sad to say goodbye to Jerry and Judith who have been brilliant throughout and great company too. Jerry is a very thoughtful rider and has made the cycling legs really easy for me. We’ll miss them but also delighted to have Fred over from Norway for the 2nd half of the challenge though he was a little bemused to discover we don’t have Cycle lanes everywhere like he is used to at home. A little detail i left out when inviting him!

So what about the day? Despite the bright sunshine and the border crossing into England, the first 30 miles past Carlisle felt hard. Apart from a strong headwind and lots of climbs, both Jerry and I felt out of sorts with our sore ankle and knee respectively. The roads were also very busy with so many lorries and two in particular nearly squeezed us off the road. We were also desperate for a coffee but couldn’t find anywhere to stop after Carlisle. A village called Mealsgate looked promising but sadly not a cafe in sight! Finally found a pub in Bothel just before the Keswick turn off and finally had that coffee.

After all that climbing we enjoyed a 12 mile descent, less wind and some wonderful Lakeland scenery into Keswick on Derwentwater. Funnily enough our aches and pains felt easier too?!

After another milkshake lunch (with crepes this time) we had a great ride to Seathwaite at the foot of Scafell Pike. With so many short ups and downs and tight bends it resembled an exhilarating rollercoaster ride at times. Borrowdale really is a lovely valley. That also completed Jerry’s contractual obligation to get me to the halfway point! Luckily though, he was persuaded to help me get closer to Kendal while we waited on Fred’s train from Manchester airport and we enjoyed more spectacular views through Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere.

The ladies turned up with Fred just before the big climb out of windermere and Jerry was gutted of course but took it like a man! After yet another coffee and pep talk with Fred, he reluctantly headed home so Rolls Royce can once again benefit from his many talents tomorrow. As for Fred and I, after the initial climb out of Windermere we enjoyed a balmy evening ride down into Kendal and a very well earned dinner with Louise. Meantime it’s a day off cycling tomorrow… such a shame we’re using it for another Peak!!

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