LEJOG August/September 2021

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Solocle

Solocle

Senior Member
Location
Dorset / Oxford
Day 8 - Cruise to Carlisle

First rest day since Dorset tomorrow!

I departed the Yorkshire Dales by way of the River Eden, alongside the Carlisle/Settle line.
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Stopped in Appleby for a café stop.
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The North Pennines (home of Great Dun Fell!) looming in the distance.

Then back on the A6, Matlock seems so long ago!
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Through Penrith
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Then I decided to leave the A6 beside and follow the M6 more closely instead.
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Pretty sure that was a Roman Road!
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Solocle

Solocle

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Location
Dorset / Oxford
Day 9 - Motorway Mockery

The day started by riding up the A7 out of Carlisle, before turning across to meet the unclassified road beside the M6.
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Before I knew it, I was in Scotland!
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Short drink stop in Gretna Green
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Dipped into Gretna Green Services for a bottle of water. Noted that there was absolutely no signage preventing you from riding onto the motorway! :angry:

Worse yet, I had to counterintuitively follow the signs for A74(M) Southbound to get back to the B7076. It's not like I snuck in the back entrance, either...
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Then past Michael Broadwith's 24 hour marker...
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This entrance to the motorway was better signed than the bloody services! :whistle:
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OldShep

Senior Member
Day 9 - Motorway Mockery

The day started by riding up the A7 out of Carlisle, before turning across to meet the unclassified road beside the M6.View attachment 608220
Before I knew it, I was in Scotland!
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Short drink stop in Gretna Green
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Dipped into Gretna Green Services for a bottle of water. Noted that there was absolutely no signage preventing you from riding onto the motorway! :angry:

Worse yet, I had to counterintuitively follow the signs for A74(M) Southbound to get back to the B7076. It's not like I snuck in the back entrance, either...
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Then past Michael Broadwith's 24 hour marker...
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This entrance to the motorway was better signed than the bloody services! :whistle:
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Pleased you found my 24hr sign. I often wonder how many people see it.
 

Brandane

Rain magnet.
Location
Costa Clyde.
You are flying! And now that you're on the right side of the border, on roads that I am familiar with. Looks like you're around Abington tonight? The rest of it is easy, even I have managed the Scottish section of LEJOG.. :okay:. Just need to tackle the English bit some time. Hope the weather stays good for you, bit of rain coming in later tomorrow and Friday though.
 

Brandane

Rain magnet.
Location
Costa Clyde.
If you're that way again, it was very close to your route!

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As you no doubt know though, that map is misleading - looks as if it's pointing to the wee one in Sherwood Crescent, the street that was partially destroyed. The main memorial is on the other side of the M74 motorway, about half a mile along the A709 Lochmaben road.
 
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Solocle

Solocle

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Location
Dorset / Oxford
Pleased you found my 24hr sign. I often wonder how many people see it.
Yep, I saw it in passing, and managed to read what it said. Had to double back for the photo, but it was too significant to just cruise past :becool:
You are flying! And now that you're on the right side of the border, on roads that I am familiar with. Looks like you're around Abington tonight? The rest of it is easy, even I have managed the Scottish section of LEJOG.. :okay:. Just need to tackle the English bit some time. Hope the weather stays good for you, bit of rain coming in later tomorrow and Friday though.
Yeah, going up through the Dales was good practice, I think. I've been finding the last few days easier than the first few days (not even considering the Cornwall monster leg).

The plan from here is to head up to Dumbarton, then Fort William. After another rest day, it's Inverness, then a final 200 km leg to John O'Groats. I could definitely split that up if necessary, but I don't think I'll need to.
 
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