The hottest day of the trip so far. Also the longest distance travelled at 76 miles.
Last night's B&B was room only and we wasted around 45 minutes trying to find somewhere acceptable for breakfast. We had been directed by the B&B owner to the very greasy canteen of a builder's merchant in the adjacent industrial estate - we were not amused and eventually had something at a pavement cafe in central Ludlow.
The route that we are following makes use of quiet roads and single track lanes and this was very much the pattern today. We only had short stretches of main road that were used to join up the lanes. Fairly flat all day with very few climbs. We both misunderstood the chevrons, used to denote steep hills, on the maps we are using as a backup to the Gps. There was a very steep hill just beyond Much Wenlock marked, we both groaned and got ready to climb it. The chevron was for a fast descent which took us swooping down into a deep valley in the Shropshire Hills -fantastic!
I've decided that I need more calories so we had a large lunch in a pub - we sat indoors because it has been very hot all day.
The vegetation is still very lush and green after the very wet April. We had been reading Cameron McNeish's LEJOG cycle trip a month ago and he had terrible weather - www. Cameronmcneish.co.uk .
Drew belatedly realised the route was taking us close to his friends house (Sue and Richard). Drew tried phoning but it was far too pleasant a day to expect them not to be out enjoying it.
We are staying in Middlewich in the Kinderton House Hotel. Good accommodation and the main advantage is that we got an evening meal without having to walk around town - we are both tired.
Drew reckons this has been his hardest day but I thought yesterday was harder. I am beginning to suffer from saddle sore and am going to try to get Siopel cream which I have been recommended.
Distance 125km, max speed 51km/h, moving time 6 hrs 38 m, moving avg 18.8 km/h