Following day packed up and cycled north, following the towpath which was really nice. Because Lincoln was a bit out of our way we did half and came off at Bardney, following the B1202 to Market Rason, and up to Barton-UponHumber, arriving at the wrong campsite having done 70 miles on one of the hottest days of the year. We ran out of water after leaving the canal and had to fill up 3 times on route; mostly by asking householders who where doing their gardening if we could have some water. Arrived at the campsite and were turned away, but fortunately the right one was only a few yards down the lane. That day we travelled 70 miles which was a bit toooo much. Set off a bit later than normal and found a Tescoâ€™s where we stocked up on lunch and supper materials, along with a few snacks; crossed the Humber
bridge and headed to Slingsby. Again it was a very hot day so a few more stops to fill water bottles. Half way there I remembered that I had forgotten to get any metholated spirits so we had to get to somewhere before the shops shut, and arrived in Norton at 5pm, just as the heavens opened. But the day had been so hot it was virtually hissing as it hit the ground and raised again as steam. We found a shop so we were saved; then 8 more miles to our campsite. Next day my wife drove up, collected us at our campsite, loaded the bikes on the car and drove the rest of the way. We had travelled a total of 235 miles in 4 days.
The SAM Observer September 2011
The September 2011 edition of "The SAM Observer"