Posted by: Simon Berry | 3 June 2006

England done – Stage 9

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Simon And Luke at the Scottish Border.
(Yes that really is Luke but the Phone Camera Sprite obviously dislikes his physiognomy… in the last picture he attracted a line of green pixels, and here he is completely headless.. Rumour has it he will have disappeared entirely by Glasgow…).

The influence of the England/Scotland border was evident as we cycled through. In Carlisle the percentage of cars with England flags and men in England soccer shirts was noticeably higher than anything we had seen before. However, the first man we saw after this picture was wearing the Brazil shirt! Might we guess that the Scots have one of those alliances going on?

This was a hard day – Over 120 miles in all, nearly 10 hours in the saddle and climbing to the Shap summit. Luke has doubts about his knees working at all tomorrow. Mission Control has pointed out to us that in a day or so’s time, on 6th June (my 50th Birthday) Luke will be exactly half my age. Luke thinks this gives him a fair time to get his knees in shape before he takes HIS offspring (if any) on a madcap jaunt. Any help gratefully received…

On to Glasgow tomorrow morning…

Net ascent (decent) ft: (798) Distance miles: 59.92 Average speed mph: 13.69 Time in saddle: 4:22:36

Cumulative Distance: 705.56

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  1. “… this gives him a fair time to get his knees in shape before he takes HIS offspring (if any) on a madcap jaunt. Any help gratefully received..”
    Is that help with the knees or with the offspring?
    Jane and Emma xxx
    (AKA Mission Control)

  2. “In Carlisle the percentage of cars with England flags and men in England soccer shirts was noticeably higher than anything we had seen before. However, the first man we saw after this picture was wearing the Brazil shirt! Might we guess that the Scots have one of those alliances going on?”
    Just remind of this year’s Scottish World Cup Song …
    “Here we stay, here we stay, here we stay …”
    DCH

  3. Well done boss. You are an inspiration to us all! Dunk

  4. happy birthday to you happy birthday to you happy birthday dear simon happy birthday to you.
    Best of luck long one today but your nearly done keep it up. The end is in sight !!!


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