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Lejog day 18. Morecambe to Askham over Shap.

About 55 miles. Still not got cycle computer working and not so motivated to do it anymore as not feeling so important any more.

Along the prom, left Morecambe and our lovely couchsurfing host. Tide was out and massive exposed mud/sands/seabed. Felt sad and angry for the cockle pickers who were killed there years ago.

V pretty countryside.

Carnforth – obligatory look at train station which apparently is famous for being in brief encounter. Looking for somewhere for go faster juice (aka double espresso) ended up in amazing sweetie shop. 460 jars!

Met another cycle tourer and we went together to Kendal through stunning hills, country lanes, super pretty, up the climbs and sail down the other side in gorgeous sunshine with fluffy clouds in the sky.

Vince’s turn for a puncture today – big bit of glass at the entrance to Kendal. Slow puncture so we limped to a very nice cafe on the waterfront and I had massive plate of salads and vegan mocha whilst he fixed it. We spent 90 mins in Kendal instead of our plan to pass straight through.

And then up and over Shap. Heavy climb but great views. Had to have couple of breaks but the sweets from carnforth kept me energised. Not too busy on A6 but some very fast cars and motorbikes raced past at intervals.

Incredible feeling to finally get to the top. This is just over half our total mileage and highest point so far, and def biggest climb! Wouldn’t have managed it even a week ago.

And then the descent! With us calling out “Hello Forties” as we zoomed down the well earned altitude.


Shap monument thing in background


At the top!!!


Statue leaving Morecambe


Carnforth train station


Kid in a sweetie shop.


Wall of fudge


7 different types of gobstoppers.


Mark, who’s doing round the coast of Britain in stages


Something to keep me going whilst Vince fixed his puncture. I did keep offering to help!


The offending item.


Mmmm sherbet planets.




Not at all a terrifying thing to see when you’re still at Kendal!

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