James and Joe cycle LeJog

A 1146 mile cycle ride from Land's End to John o' Groats

Day 12 – Ambleside to Gretna Green

I know we really shouldn’t complain, but we’re fed up of eating out. Same stuff everywhere. Burgers and chips and dips and fried this and that. Laminated pubs. Chrome and flat screen televisions. Or fancy, expensive restaurants. Last night for dinner, in Ambleside, we had a bag of chips from the chippy. Cheap and not effective. I’d just like a nice plate of reasonably-priced pasta with a simple sauce.

Today we cycled up and out of Ambleside along Dunmail Raise (long and sweaty) and then round Thirlmere. The legs felt tired. The views were amazing. On to Mungrisdale, Hesket Newmarket and then along the cycle path by the River Caldew into the centre of Carlisle. Got lost in Carlisle. Then the final stretch to the border and into Scotland and Gretna Green. Flat.

58 miles in total and no rain. Mainly cloudy, but some sunshine too.

Gretna Green is weddings, weddings, weddings, all sliced through by the noisy M6. Perhaps not a great choice for a cycling stopover. Choice of places to eat very, very small, so take-away pizza for dinner served by a large woman reading 50 Shades of Grey. Her eyes were glazed and her face flushed.

Looking forward to heading off into Scotland tomorrow, although we’ll be sad to say goodbye to Paul, who’s heading back to York.

Eight more days of cycling until we reach John o’ Groats.

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