Why are we rushing about? Why am I trying to blast through extraordinary scenery?
After leaving Tess in Edinburgh, I headed out on sustrans’s national cycle network (Ncn) route 10. Had a great wild camp out. Changed over to ncn 76 which I didn’t really enjoy. It seemed to be hilly for the sake of being hilly… I mean it sent me down into a place called Pease Bay across a ford river and then straight back a steep hill. Hell what was that about? And soon after it began to rain.
By the time I got to Berwick my shoes were soaking wet and my bicycle and trailer was soiled with mud flung over it multiple times. A divine intervention happened at the edge of Berwick that got me thinking why was I rushing when I had 2.5 weeks to make it back.
A stay at the queens head in Berwick got me contemplating on my mindset and how so many of us rush about. Also it became obvious I was now in England even though people still sounded Scottish as less people were wearing masks, unlike Scotland.
In the morning (9 Oct) it was raining and the b&b kindly let me wait until the rain had eased off. Heading out of Berwick I changed over to ncn 1. With the sun now shining everything became stunning. The route goes along the coast passing sandy beaches and bays. The water was gleaming and I wished over and over again to be swimming in it.
The John Muir trail transistioned into England’s coastal path which meandered into a bunch of cows who were blocking a gate into a gorgeous coastal moorland along a narrow trail that seemed to be dug out by cows having walked along it several times over.
I felt greedy wanting to absorb as much of the scenery as I could.
I had only completed about 30km so decided that I should at least cycle 15km more before calling it a day. By the time I had finished at 48km, it was dark to getting very dark and I saw the birth of a new moon. The small country roads had no street lights. I saw a man with a dog (Dave) and enquired about a B&B or a barn as I needed to have a meeting at 7pm. He offered me a spot in his Woodlands. His wife (Jane) insisted I should be in the house.
Once again kindness which am hugely grateful. 10th nov – Jane found me a friend to stay with in tynemouth… 95km away. Great incentive to do the distance.
11th nov – have now swum with Gill in the North Sea. It was awesome.
Have to spend a second night as left late and had 2 punctures to sort out!!! The tyres themselves had lots of voodoo pins (thorns and a metal bit) stuck into them which slowed me down as felt they had to be removed. Oh well what’s new. Thankful to this family who have hosted me a second night
Today’s weather is supposed to be Rain and need to think about Cycling as far as I can towards ilkley. https://cycle.travel/map/journey/272133