Cycle Challenge: Day Four

Date: 12 May 2015

Day Four - Life on Two Wheels - Newcastleton to Bernard Castle

By day four the cyclists had been exposed to some spectacular scenery and they have already had some incredible experiences along the way and today was no different. However, it didn't get off to the best of starts as Jeremy had a puncture before they had set off - not even this or the rain could dampen their spirits. What lightened the mood even more was Lee appearing from the hotel and then proceeding to help Jeremy change his tyre whilst wearing a shower cap….. I’ll be honest and say that none of us saw that coming!!! Of course, it was because he didn't want to get his hair wet but he did later find that cycling with a shower cap on under your cycle helmet gets pretty hot.

As the cyclists approached the Scotland/England border it was touch and go as to if all would make it across as Nick was charged at by a lamb, but luckily Nick has the balancing skills of a gymnast and managed to stay on his bike to make it across the border in one piece.

To mark this monumental achievement of cycling over 200 miles and into England, the group celebrated in the only way they knew how - they nominated Nick to recite some English poetry to which he received a standing ovation…. Well they cyclist has dismounted their bikes and gave him a round of applause.
I'm not sure if tiredness was kicking in but the rest of the morning continued to be eventful with James nearly coming off his bike on a steep downhill and Nick then was charged at by a rabbit but he maintained his line and both Nick and the rabbit came off unscathed.

As we sat in a Café in Alston (the highest town in England) for lunch I could really see that the mornings' cycling and hill climbs had taken their toll on Cheryl so it was now that I decide to give her a little heart which was inscribed with ‘Believe You Can’ and this soon become the phrase of the day and one that I think will continue for the rest of the trip. I'm a true believer in that having the belief you can do something is sometimes all that you need to help you to achieve your goals.

As we passed through the small scenic town and villages of Cumbria you really get a taste of why these quaint picturesque places are so popular with visitors. According to the cyclists, the afternoon's cycling was fantastic with a few hills climbs followed by nearly 20 miles of downhill as they approached Barnard Castle, their last stop of the day. Whilst they were cycling I nipped into Darlington to pick up Caley, who would be joining the cyclist for the rest of the challenge. Then we set off to find the cyclists as they made their last few miles into town.

Heidi, Head of Early Years Quality Improvement and Support Car Driver

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