Thanks Beeb! You promised sunshine with the odd shower. What we got today was shower with the odd sunshine. Left Tewksbury a little later than our usual start time. Sunday I guess. Later breakfast made more pleasant by having a birthday card from Hannah to open.
Out of Tewksbury on busy roads was not so nice but after about 3 miles we turned off onto lanes for a while. We’ve left the flat lands behind and although the hills aren’t that big, they still need conquering. Near Worcester it started to rain heavily and got progressively heavier still. By the time we were on the river tow path heading in to the town centre, it called for a pause under a big tree in the hope of shelter. After a few minutes we carried on and made our way into the town centre where we found a cafe in which to eat, drink and dry out a little. The ginger pig. Nice food finished off with ginger flapjack with stem ginger ice cream.
Back on the bike we made our way out of Worcester following a national cycle trail, first through parkland then residential streets before reaching back lanes.
We pressed on toward Kidderminster, twice coming to major A road with no provision for a safe crossing. Scary. As we neared the town we picked up an old railway line. The unsurfaced track was wet and a little muddy now and then and it was a job to keep the bike from sliding. From this we dropped on to the canal tow path. Not much better and now we had to skirt under low bridges and get through ridiculously narrow gates – put there to stop horse riders and motor cyclists getting onto the path but equally effective at making it very difficult for us. At one point we recruited the help of a couple of lady mountain bikers to manhandle the loaded bike over a ‘stop’. Later gates had us taking the lower bags off the bike and dragging it through the gap almost on its side.
We were tired and getting a bit crotchety by the time we came up from the canal path to find our hotel near the town centre. Disappointed too, to find that the restaurant was closed. This meant a walk into town to find a meal to celebrate my birthday. After a good 25 minute walk we came across a Balti restaurant. Excellent food and a taxi back to finish with a Laphroaig in the bar 🙂