Day Twelve: Short but tough (no, not me!)
Tebay to Lancaster. 40.09 miles. Total: 509.73 miles
A few days ago we missed out on a hill that one of the locals described as a 'wee brute'. Well, if he had been describing today I suspect it would have been something akin to a 'long brute of a day'! The day skirted the SE edge of the Lake District before heading south to Lancaster and we almost instantly hit hills as we left Tebay. As we crossed the River Lune for the first of three times in the day and headed south through some stunning, but undulating, moorland the clouds closed in and we realised that this would be the first truly wet day. The morning wound south west towards Oxenholme and got wetter and wetter, before at least drying up a little at lunch time. If we thought that heading south would lead to any respite from the steep climbs, we were wrong and a 1 in 7 slope after 35 miles was met with a combination of disbelief and resignation. As she always does, Izzy quickly decided to attack the challenge and climbed the hill brilliantly. Arriving at the hotel it was a sign of the collective tiredness that no-one could muster the effort to head to the pool!
Some of the highlights of the day were the many amazing bridges and viaducts that we saw. The pictures below show Izzy crossing the Lune on two separate occasions and cycling towards the Lowgill viaduct near Sedburgh.