JOGLE route - Ludlow to Gloucester
Day 16 of my end to end cycle ride
Family scenes at Tenbury River Bridge
This was a day where I knew I had to follow my plan the whole way and get to Gloucester, there were no options of a town being slightly closer where I could find somewhere in emergency. The weather looked fair to medium and I set off along my Lane route as planned
Once more the day day started quite hilly and by the middle of the day I was slightly worried about getting to Gloucester at a sensible time, but this didn't stop me from stopping to admire some wonderful spots and walk rather than cycle through some of the Villages.
Today was quite strange, I kept on coming accross County Border signs, I cycled in four of them today; Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire (but not necessarily in that order!!)
I had a rare event today - Lunch. Well, not exactly Lunch, but I was passing this Bakery in the pleasant town of Ledbury and saw just about the biggest Cream Slice I'd seen and it was too tempting not to miss! I sat down outside and as always, someone saw the JOGLE writing on my pannier bags and we started a chat. He had been backup / support for his son to do it the previous year and seemed quite mystified as to why I was doing it alone. I could have said "Because I want to", but he was a nice chap and we spent 15 minutes or so chatting before the baby he was obviously looking after started screaming!
This was a 100% Lane day until I got to the immediate outskirts of Gloucester where I picked up my bicycle and scrambled down the bank to the edge of the River where there seemed to be a Path. It was actually Cycle Route 41, another 'lucky break' !
This led me into the City and after asking a few people found a B&B not too far away. Again it was too far to walk for a Meal and the Pub nearly opposite didn't look so good. More pre-prepared Salad and unhealthy after's!
The weather forecast for the next day was terrible, regret to say, for once in a while - they get it right!Tweet