Excuse the delay of our post due yesterday, we were gone fishing.
After a delightful lie in at our Edinburgh residence, we slowly came to terms with the fact this was the first day in 22 when we did not have to cycle.
We thought our day would be a sophisticated stroll round old Edinburgh, reading the papers over coffee and reflecting on all we had achieved. Close. After sleeping in and faffing, we had to miss out on intelligent pondering thoughts and get straight round to our friends and drink Moët all afternoon. Sophisticated enough, until I hit the Strongbow cans and I am sure conversation got off track.
We had a lovely catch up about both couple's wedding plans and managed to enthral them with stories like when a lorry passed us quite quickly and some days when we were tired on our bikes.
As we plan to see lots of family and friends this week before we start travelling, we will have to up our game. As mentioned in one of our last posts, we spent a couple of hours talking about who served us the best tea on arrival. Sure we can do better. In case you were wondering, it was the granny from day 2 who offered us Cream Tea in the grown up room.
The afternoon was indeed perfect and reminded us of all the good times we had. Here is a quick review:
Best Place: Lake District - stone cottage house, beautiful scenery and windy roads
Best Support Cyclist: Dad - bought us ice creams one day
Best Support Driver: Gill (Step Mum) - bought 99p towels to dry us on a wet day
Best Host: Isobel and Robin (airbnb) - helped clean our bikes, washed our clothes and gave us homemade muffins for the road
Best Scenery: Scottish Highlands/Lochs - stunning reflections of the dramatic and ever changing sky in the vast lochs
Best to avoid: Birmingham Canals - being chased, drug users and crazed teenagers playing chicken with us on motorbikes
Best Experience: Cycling down a 5 mile hill after riding off road through Galloway National Forest
Best meal: Home cooked fish & chips for Tom and traditional Scottish soup for Lucy in a very rundown hotel in Bonar Bridge. The decor wasn't great but the food sure was
Best accessory we took: The waterproof jackets we purchased on day 1 after failing to bring them with