Day 8 – 14th August
Nantwich – Stone – Rugeley – Litchfield – Tamworth – 75.6 miles
Another Tupperware Day, but this time with heavy rain. We woke to it beating on the roof of the camper van. The weather forecast offered no solace, it was going to be one of those days when even a duck rolls over and hits the snooze button. Needless to say I struggled to get up.
What started badly got worse when at 6.5 miles we had our first puncture of the trip, my back wheel hitting a pothole. Now changing an inner tube is simply no drama but in the pouring rain when freezing cold it does not rate high on my to do list! By the time we reached Nantwich 10 miles on we ready for a coffee. Yet despite being indoors with a big mug of hot coffee we still felt cold and for a while I had the shivers. When you put your backside under the hand dryer in the toilets you know you’re cold, and on departing we had left a veritable puddle (a pond in Bobs eyes) under our table and chairs.
Once back on the road and following a pit stop for a change of clothes and more air in the rear tyre we were fine. Or at least resigned to our lot.
Onto Stone and then through Rugeley. It was Bobs idea, he had never been through Rugeley before, and having done it once, I have to say it was once too often! Next Litchfield and finally Tamworth, where we got lost. I blamed Bob, he blamed the lack of signage, but the net effect was going round in ever decreasing circles clocking up a couple of extra miles until he finally let me have a look on my Garmin! Problem sorted.
We were called Badass today. I’m assured its a compliment. Apparently we were out on our cycles when most would have pulled back the curtain and gone back to sleep. Believe me if I had the choice I would have done precisely that! But whilst it rained most of the day, and sometimes it felt like we were cycling along a stream, we are in a relatively flat part of the country so the cycling itself was mostly easy going.
Tomorrow is a big day and one that all three of us have been looking forward to. We are being joined by family and friends to cycle tomorrows 77 mile leg with us into Abingdon. Then we have a bbq at Abingdon Fire Station. Its also a very poignant day for Bob and his family because it will be 10 years to the day that Dale was involved in the accident. The day that Dale was effectively lost. So please spare a thought.
Gareth, a parent director at Rush Common is cycling with us tomorrow on a Boris bike because he threatened to do so if he raised £1000. His family and friends have called his bluff and he has raised £1000. So Gareth, I have arranged for a length of rope for you to hang onto whilst Bob tows you up the hills. He is very happy to help out!. Anyway great effort mate. That’s what I call badass.
Talking of which I have a great badass story about Bob from Boxing Day 1982 to share with you all before the trip is over. Do remind me.
Thank you for reading and do keep the comments coming.
Miles to go 350