Very quick summary at this stage:
Wonderful hospitality from Laurie and Jenny for which, once again many thanks. Laurie then rode with us a short distance to put us on the right road but was there long enough to witness Backie's Raleigh developing a fairly serious mechanical problem - i.e. his legs were spinning like billyo but the bike was going nowhere. Fortunately Arragon Cycles in Kendal were able to patch it up and on we went into the rain.
Shap Fell provided the King of the Mountain challenge of the day which was won by Greavsie in spite of a last gasp surge from Backie which left your truly in his wake. It also provided an opportunity to put our efforts into perspective when Suzy recounted a conversation that she had had with James at the top of Shap. James had a triple heart by-pass last year and thought that riding end-to-end would be good therapy - oh and did I mention that he was an amputee as well - respect!! We also met with an Army cycling team who were doing the whole ride in 5 days; 200 miles the first day, 160 the second, 200 the third etc etc. Ah well.......
With the wind behind us we made fairly swift progress through Lancaster and all went well until we hit Preston which slowed us significantly. Eventually pulled into the hotel at 6.45.
Feet climbed 4441
King of the Mountain Greavsie
Av speed 15.2
Top speed 47.2 (Greavsie)
The life of a vintner can be a lonely, frustrating experience but, just occasionally, it throws up the sort of opportunity that makes the whole thing worthwhile.
So it was that, in the company of food and drink writer and Birmingham legend, Paul Fulford, I set about one of the toughest food and wine matching challenges to date in the beautiful surroundings of Chung Ying Central on Colmore Row
For the final week we look at Louisvale, and will be opening their Stone Road Sauvignon Blanc and the newly arrived sparkling MCC Brut Chardonnay-
“We have a particular soft spot for Louisvale as it was our introduction to them 12 months ago and the subsequent success that their wines have enjoyed that encouraged this project in the first instance.