Continental breakfast this morning in Crossways House and the owners kindly gave us a reduction in the bill as a donation, so we’ll pass that on to Arthritis Research UK. The skies are stormy and the wind blowy again but in keeping with previous days, mostly behind us. We’re both riding with waterproofs as it keeps trying to rain. Trouble is you just get damp and clammy with the effort of each little hill. On the flat we’re running well with the following wind.
Stopped at Berkeley Tea Rooms for tea, coffee and coffee & walnut cake at 11.00 after leaving the B&B around 9.15.
Flattish lanes, a stretch on the Gloucester Canal tow path and strong tail winds all helped to get us to Gloucester by 1.45pm. It was lunchtime we decided, so came off the towpath and lo and behold – there was a pub right there. A bit of a Berni Inn (Marsons) but the fuel we need – food and drink. God is obviously looking after us for it had been spitting all morning but as soon as we put the cover on the bike and got inside, the heavens opened and there was torrential rain of Biblical proportions. The pub was busy so our food took some time to come but no matter, it was still bucketing down.
After an extended lunch the rain lifted to reasonable levels so we moved on. A cycle track with very narrow gates was our way out of Gloucester. Each hate was a struggle to get the loaded bike through but we weren’t going to double back. Out of the town the hills returned, but nothing serious and we made good time. It was too wet to consult the maps on my phone to often so we relied on sign posts and national cycle route signs. We ended up crossing the river at the Northern end of Tewksbury so had to double back through town to our B&B.
Showered and changed we went off to a landlady recommended pub – The Nottingham – REAL faggots and mash for Karon and BBQ pork ribs for me.
Tomorrow we head up through Worcester towards Kidderminster.