I awoke today feeling sad to be leaving the luxury of David and Anne's as they had been so kind to us, however we were just two days away from reaching my grandparents, and were keen to get some miles under our belts.
We briefly stopped after 20 miles for some food and water and I noticed that my right knee had become very sore which made cycling difficult. Passing it off as just another of my many aches and pains we carried on at a good speed along the relative flat around Wigan.
However approximately 25 miles into the day disaster struck. When pulling away from a junction I felt something in my knee shift and immediately felt an agonisingly sharp pain shoot through my knee making it impossible for me to cycle for a few minutes.
After some encouragement from Tom I got back on the bike only to make it a few more hundred yards before having to stop again. The pain was truly unbearable whilst cycling, yet fortunately briefly resided when we stopped and I straightened my leg out.
Tom and I made the decision to carry on cycling with as many pain killers as medically possible inside me. Although the pain did reside slightly, cycling still proved difficult at best, and by the time we reached Preston I was in dire need of another break.
Whilst in Preston we sought the advice of my other cousin who is luckily a physio. Without seeing the knee a diagnosis was impossible, however she suspected that I may have had a slight dislocation of the knee cap resulting in my knee being slightly loose and in the wrong place. She recommended buying a knee support that, after much searching was eventually found and strapped tightly to my injured leg. For 50 gruelling miles we slogged on having paracetamol after ibuprofen in an attempt to kill of the pain.
Thankfully we had planned today to be a shorter easier day which in the end I think prevented me from throwing in the towel of the journey altogether.
Having iced and elevated my knee extensively I can only hope that tomorrow there is a dramatic improvement, because without one I see no way in continuing with the trip.