9th May 2019 - Day Seven - Carlisle to Glasgow (158km)
I think today might have been my best ride. It was a long ride, but I didn’t feel that I had to push myself. Instead, I found a great rhythm and stuck to it. I was a little behind the other out of Carlisle, mainly because I just didn’t sleep the night before, but I caught up with the others around Lockerbie for breakfast at Café 91 after about 40km.
The next stretch was long and the road was broken in places so there was a fair amount of shuddering and bouncing about. The countryside was lovely, the hills just rolled past, green and verdant and the fact we were on cycle tracks really helped take the stress out of navigation. Lunch stop after a further 50km was at the Heathergyll Transport Café which did a great soup and omelette before another 39km to Larkhall and coffee.
The last leg into Glasgow was actually quite fast for me, and I am definitely feeling my legs are getting stronger. The national cycle path made all the difference into the City as well as we didn’t have to negotiate the trucks and could just let ourselves go. A total of 150km down and we were now firmly in Scotland.