30.08.2012 - 31.08.2012 20 °C
We had a rest day on Wednesday and spent the day mainly eating and drinking in the pub, getting the bikes cleaned and burned out break blocks replaced. We also have to thank Mark Morrison from the Wye Valley Health facility who treated Chris's knee gratis helping keep him in the saddle.
We began anew this morning fresh and ready to push on into the Black Country. Herefordshire and Shropshire are very flat - hurray! We skirted the "blue remember'd hills" and one giant pimple that could have been a revegetated slag heap. The lack of hills made it boring for Will, who likes nothing better than a lung bursting climb. We found the longest stretch of road in England without a pub. So many villages without a shop a pub or a post office - or anything. They look picturesque enough but what do people do? For lunch we spent about 15 miles looking for a place to eat before happening on a pub. We passed through some interesting towns - places like Leominster and Ludlow. Places where it would be nice to spend some time - but we are on a mission, and we need to clock up the miles. The campsite that evening was by a canal (Shropshire Union) and across the road from a pub - idyllic. We met a fellow cyclist at the campsite who made a spontaneous donation to the cause, as did a passer by in Admaston. Many thanks to them. No animal incidents today - though plenty of roadkill - especially badgers. Its been a good year for them - but not the ones we saw.
Tomorrow we try to navigate a route north while avoiding Manchester and Liverpool - tricky.