Day 6: Clun to Runcorn – 85 Miles
After the “short” LEJOG ride yesterday we set off at around 9am to ensure we completed the full 85 miles in good time.
The morning ride was possibly one of the fastest routes of the our LEJOG route with hardly any hills to encounter and we were soon back to following the English/Welsh border and onto the national cycle networks, picking up the A488 which would lead us onto Shrewsbury. Along the A488 a few of the group took advantage of a roadside cafe to stock up on a second breakfast and take in a much needed bacon sarnie…
We arrived in Shrewsbury after a superb descent where the route led us through the town and passed the famous sculpture, Quantum Leap (below).
After a short break and photo opportunity, we cycled on, through Shrewsbury and back out into the countryside following signs for Bomere Heath which is where we met up for lunch at the Red Lion.
As always the Peak tours van was on hand and we helped ourselves to sandwiches, salads, chocolate and fruit. A few of the locals came over for a chat to hear about our epic challenge and gave generously to a few who were raising money.
It was then on with the rest of the day, with around 45 miles to complete of today’s LEJOG route, we headed into the countryside and through various villages and towns towards Chester and the national cycle networks eventually landing up at Runcorn at around 5pm.
The evening’s accomodation was to be at a Holiday Inn, who had kindly converted one of their conference rooms into a bike storage room. The Holiday Inn also boasted an indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, so for me, it was straight down to the pool to sample the delights and give my muscles some time to relax before meeting up with the others at the bar. This was to be my only luxurious accomodation for my 14 day LEJOG tour as I had opted for B&B so I took full advantage of what was on offer in the hotel.
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