Thursday 21st July – Newcastle to Darlington
Shoes are beginning to get a bit smelly from much sweaty pedalling, so I picked up some shoe spray stuff before breakfast. An invaluable snippet of information I think.
After eating I whipped off a day one blog post, as the internet connection seemed to be working. I spoke to a lady from the Edinburgh Evening News. She wants to call me in a few weeks and do a wee piece about how I’m getting on. More publicity can’t be a bad thing. And I thought I would just slip away quietly.
Didn’t leave until midday again. Short day planned though, just got to get to Darlington, about 35 miles away. Legs are feeling the strain. Found it much easier to leave Newcastle than to get in. A friendly cyclist pointed the way out.
Decided the main road was the way forward again, so headed off along the A167. Stopped just outside Gateshead to admire the Angel of the North. Ups and downs were again the order of the day. Don’t know why I mention this. Hills, in Britain. Imagine. Lunch at the Coach and Horses near Hett. Large meat pie and veg. Your average English pub lunch is decidedly above average in size.
The last 14 miles to Darlington didn’t seem that bad. Still with the hills but I think my legs are getting used to lugging the load. Arrived just after 6.00 PM. Darlington is not the grim northern town you might imagine. The city centre is quite pretty, with a wee market square and everything. As I was sitting in the main square I got chatting with a local cycle tourist Duncan. He’d been all over Europe and a fair bit of south and east Africa. Booked into a cheap hotel for the night. Will need to star camping soon or I’ll have no money left. Italian food for dinner then back to the room to do computery stuff before bed.
Route Map & Statistics