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    • Day 9

      Last Full Day on the Linden

      September 15, 2023 in Scotland ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      We had a short trip today so we enjoyed the morning in Garstang. We needed to use our groceries before turning the boat in early Saturday so I made a big breakfast. Sue and Tony stopped by about 10 to let us know they were heading out and I was still in my pj's. We also had a surprise visitor. Aldo a rather chunky black lab jumped onboard to say hello. I think he was the friendliest dog I've ever met. He decided to check out the interior of our boat but his owner was horrified. Aldo would only come off the boat if I came off too so I jumped off and gave him some attention before saying goodbye. We were getting ready to leave so we actually traveled alongside them for awhile. It was so funny to watch him greet everyone on the tow path. We traveled even slower than normal to make our journey last. I had a full tub of duck food I hadn't used so I spent a good deal of time feeding the swans and ducks. We had quite a following. We passed two men drilling a well in one of the fields. They were using a nice looking SUV in place of a pick up truck. Funny to see the hatch open and it filled with pipes and tools. We also passed a group of workers shoring up the sides of the canal. In what seemed like no time at all we were back at the Barton Grange Garden Center and a dock we could moor to for the night. We tied up and then went for a nice long walk. Found Tony and Sue moored by Guys Thatched Village the place we spent our first night. So joined them for our last drink together. We stopped in at the White Bull on the way back to the boat for a pint and a chat with the other patrons. Met a nice couple from Liverpool who gave us the skinny on riding the busses. Instead of a very expensive Uber to Preston we can take a 30 minute bus ride for 2 pounds each. Back to the boat for dinner onboard and some packing. We found a movie on the telly and watched Melissa McCarthy in Identity Thief. Very funny. It's been a great week cruising the Lancaster Canal and we would highly recommend itRead more

    • Day 13

      Two heads are better than one

      September 11, 2022 in Scotland ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Some more stats for you!

      Since leaving home on Monday after my rest day I have ridden 437 miles, climbed 20531 ft and fallen in one river.

      The reluctant rider left Appleby this morning. Appleby is on the River Eden and hosts a yearly horse fair. It also happens to be a river that my friends Ed and Sue and I have regularly paddled on in the past. I must admit I capsized a couple of times on rapids and the broken weir at Armathwaite. Habitually falling in rivers. That's me. Followed the river up to Carlisle and beyond passing Armathwaite on the way.

      There is a park in Carlisle that was owned by a certain anti-slaver called George Head Head. I wonder if his heads were matching hats?

      Then awa over the border into Scotland at Gretna. When you see me next ask me to tell you how Amanda and I secretly eloped only to find that the blacksmith had hit his hand with a hammer and couldn't marry us after all. It's a long and vaguely interesting story. But ends well.

      Through Ecclefechan with not a solitary tart to be seen. Disappointing, though it is Sunday. Into Lockerbie where I shall wear my cycle helmet just in case the sky falls on my head.

      Glasgee tomorrow. Och the noo and hoots mon.
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    • Day 13


      September 11, 2022 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Went to 'the shed this morning to get my bike out.

      Shed jealousy overwhelmed me. You name it it was in there!

      But I had to be on my way leaving paradise behind!

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