Hordley to The Ferry Tavern

Got up at 8am said goodbye to Toph and cycled to Ellesmere for breakfast. Good riding on country lanes to Coptiviney, Penley, got lost at Horseman’s Green then good rolling through Threapwood to Malpas where I stopped for a coffee in an old fire station. A bunch of CTC Cheshire cyclists came in and I had a good chat with them. They had a whip-round and sponsored me nearly £80!

Penley Castle
Penley Castle

I went on the Chester Road through Bickerton along the A534 and up to Peckforton. I called home and was told my that Uncle Brian had passed away on Sunday 😦

Old tree opposite Peckforton Castle
Old tree opposite Peckforton Castle

I cycled past Beeston Castle and missed my turn so went up Pudding Lane and tried calling Aunty Pam but I had the wrong number. I phoned Julie and Rich picked up and said that it was cancer of the brain. I had another episode with the spiders in the phone box!

Beeston Castle
Beeston Castle

I cycled on to Tarporley and tried to call Aunty Pam with the number Rich had given me but none of the phone boxes were working.

I carried on and missed the road crossing the A49 and had to get on it to Cotebrook; lots of big trucks and dual carriageway with fast traffic – nasty. I tuned off onto the B5152 which was closed at Heaths Lane so I took a very hilly detour up to Kelsall and up again to Woodside turning onto the up and down forest road through Delemere Forest Park, 10 miles or so later getting back on the B5152 at Hatchmere zooming all the way to Frodsham.

Road to Frodsham
Road to Frodsham

I took the A56 to Sutton Weaver and got on the South Express Way cycle lane. In Runcorn a fellow cyclist took me all the way to the Runcorn-Widnes bridge and showed me how to get on the right way to jump straight on the Trans Pennine Trail to Warrington on the other side.

Runcorn Bridge
Runcorn Bridge

I got onto the trail and there were only a few puddles but enough to completely splatter me. I stopped at the Fiddler’s Ferry Tavern along the canal path, next to the Mersey and a local called Pete bought me a pint of Bear’s Ass and tried calling some B&B’s for me but they were all full with workers. I went in the pub and Jade and Andy said I could put my tent up in their back garden.

The River Mersey
The River Mersey

Pete kept an eye on all my stuff as I went to the chippy for some fish n chips. I had another pint and wrote my journal before putting up my tent and retiring for the night.

34.1 mph MAX 9.6 mph AVE 5 hours 36 minutes 54 seconds 53.89 miles

471.8 miles total

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