Hadrian's Cycleway Day 4--Carlisle to Twice Brewed

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
Trip End Jun 16, 2010

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hi again, everybody. I haven't written since my infamous dissertation on warfare, so I thought I'd chronicle today's adventures.

Breakfast this morning, in my opinion, was the best yet. This was mainly because of the many vegetarian, non-egg options (egg is a food that, for some reason, I simply cannot stand) as well as the many courses and variety of foods available. 
 Riding and Romans--Sidney's View

 We started out riding with a nice urban route out of Carlisle, followed by a reasonably enjoyable but cold (although the relative lack of wind was a blessing) countryside ride. My finger joints feel like someone sliced them with a penknife because of the amount of gripping the handlebars, brakes, and gearshifts I've been doing.

We began the rolling uphills and downhills and continued on to the Roman fort of Birdoswald, stopping there around noon.We had tea first, as the British weather is much colder than that of North Carolina, then toured the surrounding excavations and exhibits. I purchased a book when we were leaving, entitled LEGIONARY : The Roman Soldier's Manual. It proved to be an especially informative, interesting, and amusing book to read. We biked for a while longer, before arriving at our lodging, where I read through the rest of my book before we headed to dinner.

The pub food was traditional British and was good, although I think my parents enjoyed their lamb and cod slightly more than I enjoyed my spicy Mexican dish. The verdict was reversed when it came to dessert, because I ordered a "pavlova." As readers of our New Zealand blog might recall, this is a dish combining cream, ice cream, meringue, and in my case strawberries. It is extremely good, and I cleaned it up quickly.

I must sign off now, and I hope you enjoy this entry.


I want to add that we rode 37 miles today and up (and down!) some very steep hills. Wild carrot, wild  geranium, comfrey, and buttercups lined the route and the air was perfumed with manure from the cattle farms. Our first glimpse of the wall appeared at about noon--and it was interesting to think that many houses and most stone walls in view had been built with stones taken from its ruins.The view itself made us feel on top of the world; we are approaching the highest point in our ride. For those who might be searching  Travelpod.com for information on Hadrian's Wall Cycleway, it took us 7 hours, including a 1-hour stop at Birdoswald.

Mary Ellen


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