The Winds of Change...

Trip Start May 22, 2009
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Trip End Feb 16, 2010


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Flag of United Kingdom  , England,
Thursday, August 20, 2009

This morning was grey and oppressive feeling - must be a cycle day!  The wind was howling straight out of the south.  After only getting rained on two times, the sky cleared, but the wind was still wicked.  Unfortunately for us, we were heading in a direct southerly path - without even the tiniest variation.  Pedaling is soo tiring into the wind - twice as much effort for the results.  The wind didn’t die down, but picked up instead.  All 98 km of our day…

The terrain is flat (great for cycling when not in a head wind), but as a result there is little landscape to look at.  Throughout the day we went through places like:  Snaith, Goole, Torn, and Slanthorp.  The kind of places that make you feel all warm and fuzzy just passing through them. 

I’ve been feeling discouraged about cycling lately, and this made it worse.  We’d debated taking a train from York to London to help speed things up.  The train station was crazy busy, and I really couldn’t see us navigating this with our gear let alone being dumped in the middle of London.  Then there would be the fun of trying to cycle the city street and find our way…not good.  Plus it was really expensive!  So I signed up for cycling the distance instead.  This could take us 3-4 days cycling distances like we did today!  Hard to fathom it taking so long.  Travel just doesn’t take that long anymore - to anywhere! You can fly to Australia in less than that time…

But as always, when we finally get the break at the end of the day, it all feels worth it.  Getting to the last overpass, we couldn’t see the site although it was marked.  Brian wanted to go to the Travelodge that we could see as he was just as exhausted as I after cycling into the wind all day.  We saw a little gathering of caravans and went in to inquire.  No luck.  But someone did know of a little place just around the corner.  Ca cute little farmer/butcher’s place was where we settled for the night.  Only one other set of campers in the whole site - my kinda place!  So cute, the key was in the door when we arrived, and he told us to pay in the morning - a whole 7 pounds!
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