Friday, 25 July 2014

Riding 4 Maternal Health in Rwanda

That's bike riding, not horse riding! And not quite the 48 miles planned, but still my longest bike ride since ... well, ever. And not content with making it a long ride, it was also a hard ride, at the hottest time of the hottest day of the year.

Just a fortnight after my running exploits, I set off from just outside Keswick heading towards Grasmere, then through Ambleside. Turning towards Troutbeck is the notoriously steep Holbeck Lane - not as bad as some of the Lakeland passes, but probably the steepest climb I've ever ridden. Then the long slow drag up Kirkstone Pass to the Kirkstone Inn, and a welcome break for lunch. Tempting as it was to spend the afternoon there, the route then goes down the other side towards Glennridding. If climbing up was hard work, then hurtling down was scary.

Along Ullswater, then a sharp left, and another long slow drag to Dockray, then heading towards the other Troutbeck. A couple of diversions to avoid the busy A66, then Threlkeld and the stone circle at Castlerigg. I had intended to go into the centre of Keswick to the Saddleback cafe for coffee and cake, but as time was getting on I went straight back to base at Low Nest Farm, and had coffee and cake there instead.

Just over 46 miles in the saddle, so 73 miles towards my RunWalkRide4Rwanda supporting Safe Motherhood and Maternal Health in Rwanda

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