Long ride and a puncture
Trip Start Aug 22, 2010
17Trip End Sep 05, 2010
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Today we travelled from Charnock Richard to Shrewsbury, a distance of about 77 miles for the day with about 2500 feet of climbing. We set off from Camelot in reasonable time cheered on by the medieval crowd which assembled but with no sign of King Arthur or the round table. Ladies Day being over, the ladies were still at the hotel when we left. We were on the A49 headed towards Standish and then Warrington. It was impossible to avoid the latter despite the disappointing results of the Challenge Cup FA in which Warrington had trounced Leeds for we hoped we would avoid be seeing crowds of balloon waving and celebrating Warrington supporters; in the event, none were in evidence. We continued to on to Scotton Heath where we met Cheesey's nephew Darren and his workmate Deano; they are involved in some kind of gardening business and have been doing gardens all morning
As we were standing next to the pub a rather confused looking old lady came up and asked an interesting question, "what is a free whiffy?". I thought of referring her to Cheesey's laundry bag for a quick sniff but on looking around it soon became apparent that her query was prompted by a sign on the side of the pub which announced "free wi-fi".
We had a drink, Tom had red bull again for which he is becoming an addict. Cheesey once again had a pint of Guinness which he believes gives him extra strength and certainly gives him a little jet propulsion. As only someone riding behind him could perceive. We then had to continue on our somewhat perilous journey along the A49, a very fast and dangerous road, and certainly not one to be recommended for cycling. This was Bank Holiday Monday and we passed through the dreary environs of inner and outer Warrington without too much difficulty. Somewhere along the road to Whitchurch we had taken to riding on a cycle path and Tom had a puncture. We removed the tyre and found a large thorn which presumably was picked up on the cycle path which is never properly cleaned. we managed to repair the puncture and set to, to pump up the new tube which had been inserted, unfortunately that power of Cheesey's pumping motion broke the valve barrel which rendered that particular tube unusable. We then retrieved the punctured tube which we had thrown into some bushes and repaired it using one of Cheesey's magic patches
breather on the way. At one point we sat in a field eating Cornish pasties the size of dustbin lids; these were exceptionally nourishing! Later we ate a delicious and nutritious cheese and ham wrap which Gi had also prepared for us. When we got to Whitchurch we changed to a B road for the final stage of the journey to Shrewsbury.
We were due to meet up with Ian and Barbara. The plan was that Ian would find us at one of the roundabouts on the age of Shrewsbury. But unfortunately this did not work out. After several phone calls we did it eventually rendezvous and followed Ian through the town which seemed to involve a great deal of hard climbing. We finally arrived at their house and were welcomed with Becks beer and a nice cup of tea. Barbara very kindly offered to wash our filthy and smelly kit although whether she had taken the precaution of installing an industrial grade washing machine for the purpose we were not sure. Later we were royally fed with a delicious meal of roast beef and roast vegetables. I feel I should name the vegetables involved; these included, potatoes, sweet potatoes, courgettes, parsnips, runner beans, baked onions, cauliflower, broccoli, dwarf beans, all washed down the some very nice red wine (they were aware of Cheesey's predilection for this particular beverage). We had a delicious sweet which seemed to be a kind of raspberry compote . Then we had cheese and biscuits. This was a very delicious meal and very much needed after the exertions of the day. Later we retired to bed, this time in our separate rooms and had a good night's sleep.