5th June 2016
A sociable day
Miles Today 52
Cumulative 489 miles
We spent the night with friends in Shrewsbury- another comfortable bed so we are not that hardy really. Mike , Anna and Ruth really looked after us so we were raring to go this morning, respect to Heather who was away in London for the Ride London event- cycling around the centre of London in the middle of the night on empty roads- and a night with no sleep. We need sleep too much to contemplate that at present.
We set off from Shrewsbury with Mike showing us a better way down to the river and accompanying us for the first 10 miles or so – making it a really sociable relaxed start to the day. We stopped briefly at the ruins of Moreton Castle- a Medieval stronghold and then Elizabethan House that fell into ruin but is still impressive
We settled into a rhythm making good progress across the flatter part of Shropshire- in marked contrast to crossing the Long Mynd yesterday. We then met up with our “outriders “ for the day- Mark and Michelle had come down from Manchester and met us half way through the day and we cycled with them for the rest of the day- the easy conversation helped the miles fly by relatively easily as it was all pretty flat as we headed into Cheshire. We had our lunch sat in the sun in a field and then pressed on- getting really hot as the sun blazed down- so a medicinal stop for ice cream was essential. We sat in the shade watching narrow boats navigating through the canal lock with a cup of tea and an ice cream- British summer at its best .
We hadnt realised that the campsite we had booked was near Oulton Park racing circuit and as we passed the roar of the race reverberated- the British Touring Car championship. We avoided a huge traffic jam as people were leaving by a detour through the woods on a sandy path ( seems ironic, lots of Jeremy Clarkson types sweltering in the heat in the traffic jam whilst we whizzed along on our low tech bikes) .
We arrived at Shay’s Farm Campsite to two really nice surprises- the campsite is lovely and quiet nestled down in an idylic little valley and the owner Lisa couldn’t have been more welcoming, and then Mark and Michelle produced their surprise- tea , scones and a bottle of prosecco – we hardly felt that today was arduous at all. Despite the Prosecco we seem top have erected the tent OK but if the wind blows we might find what we missed when pegging it out
Our neighbours on the site Phil and Michelle have been really supportive as well seeing our banner and feeding us cups of tea and a donation- people have been really kind as we progress along and the campsite is making a donation as well.