I left the lovely Sandysike house this morning after a huge English breakfast which was greatly needed.
After a few miles I stopped for coffee (yes already!) as I wasn’t too sure which road to choose. It’s amazing the effect you have when you get to a village with a fully loaded bike. People are already super friendly in the UK but when you’re a woman travelling alone and on a bike it get to another level! Kids ask me questions and people are curious about why and where. I had forgotten how social solo travelling actually is. Anyway I talked to a rather old men on his way to Glasgow by foot and two other cyclists who had come up from Cornwall.
Not long after was the border to Scotland.
The first miles were rather flat and the road not too busy. I put some music on and felt great. It quickly became steadily uphill but not as bad as yesterday. I didn’t push my bike once today!
There wasn’t much around apart from green hills, sheep, horses and beautiful stone houses.
And after 50 miles (80km), I reached Hawick where I’m staying tonight before reaching Edinburgh tomorrow (hopefully). I feel great even though my butt hurts, I should maybe get another saddle at some point…
I’ve learnt 2 things again today:
1/ that it’s good to start early so I take more time to have breaks and take photos
2/ that it’s wise to close my mouth while cycling so no insect get it (I wonder where the one getting in my nose end up?)
And last but not least, today’s soundtrack: “A moon shaped pool” by Radiohead, The National, Calexico, Nicolas Just and various Nova Tunes compilation.
May tomorrow be as awesome as today 🙂