A combination of a forecasted hot day and the highest mileage of the trip so far have ensured a 5.45am start while the roads of Greenock, Paisley & East Kilbride are still quiet…or so we thought. Just outside Glasgow a lady cyclist had taken quite a bad fall and was lying concussed on the pavement…she was helped into the support van & taken to the nearest A&E to be checked over. (Hope you’re feeling better Carol!).
After this slight delay it was onwards and literally ‘upwards’ into the hills & dips of the Lanarkshire countryside. With the temperature hitting the high 20’s it became another gruelling day with the heat & hilly landscape taking its toll.
A welcome stop in the hilltop village of Abington where we cleared the village stores of ‘Magnums’ to cool down before a final hard push through the heat to our overnight destination of Gretna Green. Another mega early start in the morning to avoid the heat of the day beckons.