Picture of the day (Day 42 to 52)

Day 42 – Castle Douglas to Gretna Green

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Day 43 – Gretna Green to St. Bees

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My legs are not that short, but my beard really does need combing. Must buy a comb.

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Day 44 – St. Bees to Millom

Only rode a half day today because only one knee is working. I’m wondering what might be achieved surgically with a rusty gate hinge and some cable ties. I have both in my panniers.

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Seascape / Sellafield on the horizon. Mutant ninja sheep in the middle distance. I thought I saw some mutant lanky pigeons too, but a closer look convinced me they were herons… with three legs each.

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The big round thing looks awfully rusty close up. No need to worry though. It isn’t to do with fission at all, it’s just a giant ‘Henry’. They only use it to vacuum out the nuclear piles.

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Skegness could learn a thing or two about ‘bracing’ from this coast.

I bought a comb! Sadly, what should have been a happy event turned out to be awfully depressing.

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From the NSPCC website, “England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland each have their own guidance for organisations to keep children safe. They all agree that a child is anyone who is under the age of 18.”

Can we not do something about this madness?

Day 45 – Millom to Grange-over-Sands

DSC01432Just the one picture today. It rained (a lot) after this. I went between the 30’s where the slope is so steep that the tarmac has had to be nailed on.

Day 46 – Grange-over-Sands to Forton

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Leaving the Lake District?

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Day 47 – Forton to Southport

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Waiting for the ferry to Fleetwood.

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That red tub is the ferry. The chap that took my fare said, “That’ll be two quid unless you can show me your bus pass.” Poor man… mysteriously went overboard a short while after.

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The water looks lovely!

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I didn’t know there was a giant ant buried under the Blackpool Promenade.

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Such fun!

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Day 48 – Southport to Prestatyn

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Day 49 – Prestatyn to Llanddeiniolen

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Day 50 – Llanddeiniolen to Morfa Nefyn

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Day 51 – Morfa Nefyn  to Prenteg

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Day 52 – Prenteg to Machynlleth

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Found this at the top of very long steep climb this morning. I have to accept it may have been written for someone that made the ascent by doing forward rolls with sparklers between their toes. But it may have been meant for cyclists.

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6 thoughts on “Picture of the day (Day 42 to 52)

  1. Hi Simon

    Your growing beard puts me in mind of Forrest Gump when he went on his long run! I shall watch it with interest 😉

    I really enjoy reading your blog, your comments as always are very witty and amusing (I suppose you have plenty of me-time to think of your captions!) and the pictures are amazing. What a fantastic experience you must be having – despite the weather and the hills …

    Take care and keep peddling (especially when going upwards!).

    Rach x

  2. Hi Rach

    Lovely to hear from you.

    Regents Park Zoo have expressed an interest in the beard. I also have extreme hat hair. People pretend not to notice, but the smirks and belly laughs give them away.

    Hope all is no madder than usual at the place of madness.

  3. Hi SIMON
    Are you finding these Welsh place names as difficult as those you experienced north of the border?.From memory I think MORFA means beach and as the Welsh transpose the adjective after the noun you were at Nefyn Beach.
    We have just returned from a short holiday in Kent, you know the bottom right hand corner of the map where you turn left then it’s mostly North to your completion.
    All the best. Mo and Mike.

  4. Hi Simon,

    I am following your progress with interest. You are doing really well. Lovely photos and I like your commentary too. x

  5. Simon, I have loved reading about your progress and looking at the wonderful pictures you have taken. So sorry that you have had to stop, but what you have achieved is amazing. Hope your knees recover soon. Michelle

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