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today everyone else has gone for what will doubtless be a very soggy hike up Kinder Scout. Having no raincoat and only one pair of usefull shoes, I opted to stay and mind the boat.
Between showers (and under some) I took a stroll to the nearest town, New Mills.
It has more arches than anywhere I've seen. It is built on the side of a very steep hill. The rivers Goyt and Sett meet in the bottom of the valley and the water supply ...
... s highest peaks. Today we have been travelling along the edge of a long hillside, looking over to the flat areas towards the west coast, and over Manchester, on our left and up to peaks and moors to our right. We;ve mostly been travelling through rural areas, cows, sheep horses etc, but also through urban areas, the backs of houses, old and new with gardens down to the waters edge. We've also passed some very large old mills that ...
Set off from home just before 2.30pm. Had a good ride over on the motorway as you do. Got within 48miles of Manchester City and we had to drop down to 50mph then 40mph because of queueing. So had a steady run then it picked up again, then we came upon more queues. Then incident ahead which appeared to be roadworks. We were pleasEd to get off the M62 onto the M60. Geoff had already checked where we needed to be on Google ...
... of other mayhem. I have to admit I wasn't sure whether to cheer as an American or a Yorkshireman, so I did both.... Anyway, given that this type of event would normally make me go for a bike ride, this thing was well done and very enjoyable. Thanks to David for making possible!!!! Oh yeah forgot to mention seeing the Belkin team bus and the AG2R team on the road. The whole area has been crawling with teams for the past few ...
... much (GREAT ADVICE FROM BRIAN SHEPARD!!)
*Lots of GOOD name brand bandages
*Several pairs of socks of different weight so that you can layer them or wear a thicker pair when your feet become really tired.
* Line your back pack with a trash bag or at least have everything inside large ziploc bags (check the dollar store for large ones) because everything will get wet!! Trust me!
*tweezers for splinters you may get ...