Hadrian's Cycleway Day 2--Egremont to Silloth
Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
17Trip End Jun 16, 2010
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Where I stayed
The Queen's Hotel
Dogs are not an issue when you're cycling in England. We've yet to see a dog on the road without its owner. If it is not on a leash, the owner snaps one on as soon as s/he sees us. Loose farm dogs watch us from the barn or dooryard and seldom bark
We were making good time until Sidney got a flat. In the process of changing the tube, the valve got pulled out of the new one. Jim put in another new tube, but soon it went flat again--the piece of glass was still in the tire. By the time we sat down to lunch at a pub in Maryport it was 1:30 and we were starving. The pub was draped in the St. George flag in anticipation of the World Cup soccer match (England plays the U.S. on Saturday) and posters all around announced specials on drinks and food while England plays.
We pedaled the last 15 miles after lunch in a stiff headwind. Some of the route was coastal two-lane highway with a fair amount of traffic. We passed a coastal golf course ("a 'real golf course'," Jim said--with players out in the rain) and rode on a promenade for a while, but it was mostly though farmland on lanes between hedgerows. We noticed what seemed like too many farms for sale. Jabe told us in London the economy is worse here than at home and maybe that's why. At any rate, we arrived at our B&B in Silloth and are happily ensconced in a room looking over the sea to Scotland, which we can just barely see. It never really did rain hard today. We pedaled 40 miles--our longest day in mileage, but we have a couple of very hilly days to come later in the ride.