Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Day 10 - Shortcuts through the Lowlands - Ecclefechan to Motherwell

Breakfast turned out to be as random as dinner at the hotel, so we were on waiting duties again to help out with the toast and coffee. A long day planned for today (85 miles), so most people were in a rush to get started and missed the morning briefing. Pity, as there was a shorter route available. I opted for the shorter, flatter route. Instead of taking the tourist route towards Edinburgh and turning back towards Glasgow, I headed along the B-roads beside the motorway.

Dull and grey day, but the rain mostly holds off. Not seeing much scenery on the route I take, but I finish the day with a couple of hours to spare, so go to visit a stately home just outside Hamilton - Chateauherault. Contrasting views from the garden with this country mansion on one side and the high rise blocks of Glasgow on the opposite side.

Church near LockerbieChateauheraultHamilton from Chateauherault
Church near LockerbieChateauheraultHamilton from Chateauherault

Back to the campsite for afternoon tea and cakes before finding the hotel. Staying in another pub/hotel chain, which encourages us to keep our bikes in the room for safe keeping. Dinner with Ian And Gerry.

Kevin's day offTim, after the long routeTrevor, Andi and Dave
Kevin's day off, with Elaine and GarethTim, after the long routeTrevor, Andi and Dave
Dawn and DawnTea timeTea time
Dawn and DawnDown tools for tea break

Tour map from Google maps.
Tour summary: 85 miles planned, 73 miles actual, 700 miles total so far.

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